Away Ales

Using The Good Beer Guide
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Saturday 10th September: Preston
The Ale Emporium, 53 Fylde Road, PR1 2XQ, is a freehouse serving eight guest beers from microbreweries, sourced regionally. It has a comfortable single-room bar set back from Fylde Road at the side of the unrelated Ferret pub, and there is a pool table in the area behind the bar. Live music plays on Thursday and Saturday evenings, and an upstairs room is available for hire. An annual beer festival is staged in September and occasional Meet the Brewer nights are held. Awarded CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2015. Open noon to 12.30am Saturdays. Tel (01772) 378290.

Tuesday  13th September: Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Dog & Doublet, North Street, WV1 1RE, is a city centre pub near the Civic and Wulfrun Halls, and is a blend of the traditional and the modern with real fires and Chesterfield furniture, and a cocktail bar in the outside drinking area. Music features heavily here , with open mic evenings on a Thursday and live bands on a Friday night. No food is served but you are welcome to bring your own - plates and crockery are provided. Ludlow Gold, Purple Moose Ysgawan/Elderflower and four changing beers are served, plus Biddenden cider is always available. Open: 11am to 11pm. Tel (01902) 423805. Website:thedoganddoubletinn.co.uk

Saturday 24th September: Brighton
A well-run GBG regular and favourite with ale drinkers of all ages, the Evening Star is at 55-56 Surrey Street BN1 3PB and is close to Brighton station. Somewhat spartan furnishings simply enhance the great beer flavours on offer.  As a flagship of the Dark Star Brewery four of its beers are usually on tap, as well as three from other micros. You can also enjoy real cider and a varied selection of European bottled beers. Occasional beer festivals and live music nights feature too.
Open 11.30am - midnight Saturdays. Tel (01273) 328931

Saturday 1st October: Leeds
The Hop, Granary Wharf, Dark Neville Street LS1 4BR, is a busy lively pub beneath the arches of platform 17 of Leeds station. Music posters adorn the blue brick walls. Eleven handpumps serve beers from the Ossett family of brewers (Ossett Pale Gold, Yorkshire Blonde, Big Red Bitter, Silver King and Excelsior) together with several guest ales and a real cider. The u-shaped bar is surrounded by comfortable seating, and two sets of stairs to either side of the bar lead to an area that hosts live music at weekends. The pie and pint deal is always good value. Open 12noon to midnight Saturdays. Tel (0113) 243 9854. Website: thehop-leedsco.uk

Saturday 22nd October: Brentford
A local landmark since the 1800s and with an interior of regional historic importance, the Express Tavern, 56 Kew Bridge Road TW8 0EW, retains illuminated external Bass signage, and Draught Bass is still on the bar. Harefoot Lockeeper's Launch Ale is the other permanent beer. The Chiswick bar has 10 ale handpumps and a playable upright piano (music is also played from vinyl LPs) while the Saloon and Lounge  bar has five ciders and perries on handpump. At the rear is a beer garden with a covered and heated area. Open 11am to midnight Saturdays. Tel (020) 8560 8484. Website: expresstavern.co.uk

Saturday 5th November: Burton
The Coopers Tavern, 43 Cross Street DE14  1EG (off Station St) is a classic, unspoilt 19th century ale house, once the Bass Brewery tap and now part of the Joule's estate. The intimate inner tap  room has barrel and bench seating - the beer is served from a small counter by the cask stillage. The more comfortable lounge leads to a small third room. Beers regularly on are Draught Bass, Joule's Blonde Pale Ale and Slumbering Monk, with five changing beers, sourced regionally, often from  Castle Rock, Holden's and Thornbridge. Up to four varying ciders/perries plus fruit wines are also available. Local folk musicians meet here onTuesday evenings and live music features on Sunday afternoons. Open noon  to 11.30pm Saturdays Tel (01283) 532551. Website: cooperstavern.co.uk

Saturday 3rd December: Birmingham
The Anchor, 308 Bradford Street, B5 6ET. Grade II-listed and with a nationally important historic pub interior, a four-times winner of the local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year and a 2013 finalist, the Anchor is a must visit for the real ale enthusiast. Run by the Keane family for over 40 years, it brings the local-pub feel to a city-centre location. There is a varied beer range, with new breweries often featuring, along with regular beer festivals. The pub is busy when Birmingham City play at home. Open Sat 11am to 2am Tel (0121) 622 4516 W: anchorinndigbeth.co.uk

Tuesday 13th December: Sheffield Wednesday
The Blake Hotel, 53 Blake Street, Walkley, S6 3JQ At the top of a steep hill (pedestrian handrails provided), this community pub reopened as a free house in 2010 after seven years of closure. Extensively restored, it has retained many traditional Victorian features, original etched windows and mirrors. A large decked garden has been developed to the rear. The five guest beers usually include a stout or porter, the majority from small independent breweries. Acorn Blonde is a permanent ale. The pub also has an extensive range of whiskies, with over 200 stocked.
Open Tue noon - midnight Tel (0114) 233 9336

Saturday 17th December: Cardiff
The Hopbunker, Kingsway, CF10 5AF As the name suggests, this is a basement bar - it is the brewery tap for Hopcraft Brewery, so expect to find some of its ales on sale. Up to 15 handpumps serve a variety of cask beers sourced from throughout the UK, plus 20 craft keg beers and at least six real ciders, providing unparalled choice in the city. The range invariably includes a dark ale. Prices are reasonable for a specialist outlet. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016. Open Sat 11am - midnight Tel (029) 2039 8889

Monday 2nd January 2017: Nottingham Forest
The Crafty Crow, 102 Friar Lane, NG1 6EB This is Magpie Brewery's first pub and has 10 handpulls serving microbrewery beers and a good variety of real ciders. Maintaining a green ethos throughout, the majority of fittings are recycled or home-made - the sinks are made from beer casks with ex-keg fonts as taps. Snacks and light meals are served until 9pm made from locally sourced produce. Situated on two levels, a side entrance leads directly to all facilities. Corvid birds feature strongly. Open Mondays noon to midnight, but check ahead as it's a bank holiday! Tel (0115) 837 1992 W: craftycrownotts co.uk
  
Saturday 14th January: Fulham
The Durell Arms, 704 Fulham Road, SW6 5SB Making a second consecutive appearance in the Good Beer Guide is this spacious Greene King Metropolitan corner pub with an L-shaped drinking area. A large rear room, with mouldings and mirrors giving an air of Victorian decadence. There is a big screen for sporting events. Attractive local ales complement Greene King IPA and national guests, and it is busy on Sundays for the excellent roast. Open Sat noon to 1am Tel (020) 7736 3014 W: durellarmsfulham.com

Saturday 28th January: Rotherham
The New York Tavern, 84 Westgate, S60 1BD A pub since 1856 and reopened by a team from Chantry Brewery in 2013, it has been fully refurbished as a real ale led pub. Five Chantry beers and three guest beers and real cider on handpump. There is a large selection of foreign bottled beers. Snuff and bar snacks are available. The pub is called after the old name for the area and a long-demolished inn. The pub is near New York football stadium. Local CAMRA Town Pub of the Year 2014-2016. Open Sat noon - midnight Tel (01709) 375596 W: newyorktavern.co.uk

Saturday 11th February: Reading
The Nag's Head, 5 Russell Street, RG1 7XD In under a decade the Nag's has established itself as a premier ale and cider venue, winning the local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year award multiple times. Pies and baguettes are available during the week, with a roast on Sundays. An eclectic mix of bottled beers is stocked to supplement the 12 changing handpulled ales. Numerous board games are available above the (tuned and working) upright piano which is next to the popular dartboard. Gets busy on Reading FC match days. Open Sat 11am - midnight W: nagsheadreading.com


Tuesday 14th February : Aston Villa
The Barton Arms
, 144 High Street,B6 4UP,  is a stunning red-bricked pub run by Oakham Brewery from Peterborough. The 1901 interior is Grade II -listed and with a nationally important historic pub interior. The Bartons has ornate Minton tiles throughout, including a central tiled staircase, original stained glass windows,  and snob screens on the bar. Superb Thai food is served in the lounge. A range of Oakham Ales is available, usually alongside one guest and a cider. Quiz night is Monday and regular music and beer festivals are held. Open Tues noon to 11pm. Tel (0121) 333 5988. Website: the Bartons arms.com

Saturday 4th March: Derby
The Alexandra Hotel
, 203 Siddals Road, DE1 2QE is a  Castle Rock pub serving two or three  of the brewery's beers and up to five guest ales, including a mild and a stout/porter. 
There are also more than 50 UK and continental bottled beers of varying styles. The bar is adorned with railway memorabilia, and the lounge with breweriana. A Class 37 locomotive cab resides in the car park. This pub was the birthplace  of Derby CAMRA  in 1974  and was voted local CAMRA Pub or the Year in 2015. Open Sat 11 am to midnight. Tel (01332) 293993. Website: alexandrahotelderby.co.uk

Tuesday 7th March: Queens Park Rangers.
Since Young's took over the Defector's Weld, 170 Uxbridge  Road, W12 8AA, it has continued to rotate local guest beers from Moncada, Redemption, Sambrook's and others such as Twickenham. The large horseshoe-shaped main bar has a welcoming mix of sofas,  tables and chairs. An upstairs bar is available for hire and DJs play music Thursday to Sunday evenings. Home fans only are admitted on QPR match days, but card-carrying CAMRA members not wearing team colours are welcome. Open: Tues noon to midnight. Tel: (020) 8749 0008. Website: defectors-weld.co. uk

Saturday 18th March: Norwich.
The Fat Cat & Canary
, 101 Thorpe Road, NR1 1TR, is the third member of the Norwich based Fat Cat mini-chain,  about a mile and a half from the centre of the city. It serves most of the Fat Cat Brewery's ales, and various guests from around the UK, together with continental beers and real ciders. There is a small TV to the rear of the main bar, a large car park  and terraces to the front and rear, the latter being heated. Home-made rolls are available.  Open: Sat 11 am to midnight. Tel (01603) 432393. Website: fatcatcanary.co.uk

Saturday 8th April : Blackburn 
The Hare & Hounds,
78 Lammack Road, BB1 8LA,  was rescued from the jaws of oblivion by the current landlord and backed by a passionate local community. It is the last remaining purpose-built Dalton's pub in the country. Adjacent to Pleckgate and Lammack playing fields, the pub is the meeting place for local sports teams, including women's netball and hockey. Restored to a two-storey building, the number of handpumps has also been increased from one to five. The beers are Thwaites Original, Worsthorne Redland and four changing guest ales. Open Sat 12.30pm to midnight.  Tel (01254) 676724

Saturday 15th April: Wigan.
The Anvil
, Dorning St, WN1 1ND, is a popular town-centre  pub with seven handpumps offering beers from the nearby Allgates Brewery, real cider, six draught continental beers and a range of bottled beers. The small snug features a wall of fame displaying the pub's many awards.  Several TV screens show sporting action. Close to bus and railway access for the DW Stadium, the pub can be busy on match days. Over-18s only. No disabled WC facilities.
Open  Sat 11 am to 11pm. No phone no quoted!

Saturday 22nd April: Bristol City.
The Spotted Cow
, 139 North Street, BS3 1EZ,  (for a while called 139 Degrees North) is a single-bar pub which displays an original Georges & Co Ltd sign prominently over the entrance. Guest beers usually come from independents such as Tiny Rebel and Arbor Ales. A pleasant refurbishment has given it a chilled atmosphere, with mood music played at a non-intrusive volume. Quality food is sourced mainly from local suppliers. The pub has a sizeable garden. Open noon to 1am. Tel (0117) 963 4433. Website : thespottedcowbristol.com

Sunday 7th May: Newcastle. 
The Five Swans
, 14 St Mary's Place, NR1 7PG, is a multi-roomed Wetherspoon pub opposite Newcastle Civic Centre and close to the main shopping areas. The beer range includes guests from all the local brewers and from further afield. Food is served all day. Outside there is a drinking area to the front and a "secret" courtyard through the maze of rooms. Children are welcome until 9pm. The pub area can be booked for private functions. Open Sunday 8am to midnight.
Tel (0191) 232 3893.