I always try the local brew out of interest and politeness when I'm on holiday. In Nottinghamshire this year, the pub advised The Pheasantry Brewery's Pale Ale, a light but full-bodied pint with a lovely hint of elderflower. "It's just two miles away", I was informed. That meant it was within easy walking distance of our holiday cottage, but also meant, as pedestrians, we had to walk alongside the busy A57. Be careful if you don't drive there.
It was a Sunday late morning and the Brewery was quiet. Only two other people were in the courtyard seated area and we decided to have a breakfast in bread (baguettes?) each. Mine was bacon and egg, my wife's bacon and mushroom. With coffee. Without a discernible delay, our food was delivered, hot, tasty, moist and obviously freshly made from locally-sourced ingredients. This was obvious from the flavours, far superior to the bland homogenised fare served in too many cafes and restaurants I've experienced.
It would be a waste to visit a brewery and merely have a late breakfast washed down with good coffee, would it not? You just know that makes sense.
The bar was promoting a 3 beer taster for not very much at all. £3 maybe. The attentive barman explained that we could have three different beers in 1/3 of a pint glasses to try them out. A bargain, an excuse to drink good beer on a late Sunday morning. What's not to love?
Since we'd sampled the Pale Ale the previous evening, we elected to try the Bitter, the Dark Ale and the dancing Dragonfly, a summer ale. On holiday, in the sunshine, having snacked generously on good locally-sourced grub with three hand-crafted fine ales to sample? I guess that's as good as Sunday gets. Each was delicious in its own characterful way, the Dragonfly a perfect palate-cleanser after the heavier bitter and the strong dark ale. A terrific way to spend a few idle hours on a Sunday.
We went back later in the week and spent £70 on beer to take home. Some things you just have to do. We were just sorry that a tour of the brewery wasn't available at a time to suit us that week. We'll be back.
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