England > Shropshire > Telford - Oakengates
Travlr (2060) Washington, Washington DC | October 6, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited with BlackHaddock just after a local festival. Even without the festival beers, the range of cask ales was quite large, and staff had good recommendations. Two rooms, different casks in each. Staff and clientele were both very friendly as well. There is a small car park nearby that fills quickly, but a larger one just around the corner.
WingmanWillis (494) , England | May 21, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Pub with the best range in Oakengates. Visited many times before and during the Gig for Life this time. Place was heaving but served quickly, fast changeover of beer, good range on in great condition.
Had snacks on the bar and the mighty Miles Hunt providing the entertainment.
Range of bottles too but stuck on the cask ale.
TickerTerryDJ (17) Redditch, England | May 2, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Cannot really add much more to previous raters.Suffice to say well worth a visit and certainly a must do if you are in the area.John and staff always eager to help and the beer festivals always sport a good number of "Winners".
BlackHaddock (434) , England | June 17, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
One of my regular haunts: this is what I wrote about this pub some years ago, still use it now and not much has changed since I penned this: Two steps and two doors take you into the front bar of this Real Ale loving Inn. The actual bar is straight in front across a wooden floor, a real fire is to your left, another doorway on the right takes you to the toilets and two further drinking areas and the back door.
Basic furnature and beer posters, pictures of steam trains and rows of pump clips let you know this is a serious drinking establishment, the eight handpulls and quality foreign fonts ensures that you don’t forget.
Hobson’s Best Bitter (a local brewery) is the only regular draught ale, the other seven pumps change all the time.
Twice yearly beerfests are fantastic, the rear room is kitted out with extra handpulls, so 29 cask beers on handpulls are available at one time. The landlord claims it is the largest handpulled pub based beerfest in the world, anyone know different?
Live bands, folk evenings, the selling of huge eggs and smelly cheese make this a focal point for the people of Oakengates and beyond.
I was in here again just before Christmas 2006. Here is the list of cask beers that were available: Shep Neame ’Twinkle Toes’, Archers ’Robin Redbreast’, Hook Norton ’12 Days of Christmas’, Spinning Dog ’Santa Paws’ and ’Springer’, Hobson’s ’Best Bitter’, Bateman’s ’Mild’, Tring ’Ridgeway’ and Hanby’s ’Stout Fella’. You can add two ciders, Amstel, Real Bud (Black and normal) and a few bottles. Now that is what I call a good selection, plus the ones I tried were all in tip top condition.
DJMonarch (83) Northwich, England | August 11, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Jovial landlord John Ellis is a real character and beer enthusiast. The festival cellar runs are particularly good and a festival bar is set up creating a vast number of handpumps, must have been in excess of 30 on my last visit. Oakengates is a good place for a crawl at any time, with this place and the Station pub over the road being the pick of the venues. Selection of single malt whiskies available and also the Budvar Black was on draft.
Gazza (163) Worcester, England | August 8, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Run by John Ellis, this pub holds regular beer fests which claim to have the most hanpulls at a pubfest - over 30. At other times the pub dispenses about 10 real ales with a lot being interesting. Not the easiest place to get to, with no other scooping pubs nearby (the nearest are probably the Mill at Chester or the Bhurtpore and the Station pub over the road was making an effort at stocking decent beers last time I went), but the fests are well attended and enjoyable. The "token" system for cellar runs at the fests is an institution! Well worth a trip, especially at festival times, for the good atmosphere and rare beers from all over the UK.
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