Visited on 22nd May 2014. I lived in the village of Sutton-on-Sea until I was 8 years old and have been popping back sporadically ever since (some 50 plus years) and this hotel has always had happy memories for me. However on this my first visit since it started to brew itís own beers it let me down greatly. They were preparing for a beer festival that started two days later and had no beers of their own available, not even in bottle form. I explained Iíd driven 200 miles but the barman just laughed it off: I wasnít impressed. Five of us wanting a new beer and they couldnít be arsed to get us any. Doombar, Black Sheep and Exmoor Gold in cask form available but we wanted some of their stuff. Doubt Iíll bother to visit next time Iím in the area.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
It may be a hotel, but it has itís own brewery and as I entered I was greeted by the gorgeous aroma of malt being steeped. There are four real ale taps - one unfortunately serves Doom Bar, but the other three are generally devoted to local beers such as Fulstow and the hotels own brews (note that they only brew sporadically, and their own beers are generally only served at weekends and special occassions - ring ahead to check. Thereís also a rare appearance for M&B Mild on keg. The staff are incredibly friendly (unusually so for a hotel), and the food is good-sized portions of pub grub at decent prices. The Sunday carvery is particularly good. Whilst this may not compare to the best beer bars in the UK, itís a rare oasis in the beer desert that is the Lincolnshire coast, and Iíd recommend it if youíre ever in the area.