Newshouse (Castle Rock)

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Fin  (950) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 10, 2016


We (me and Dad) visited The Newshouse, Saturday 9th April 2016. It is on the same road as the Canalhouse i.e. Canal Street, so if you left said pub turned right and walked along this road for a few minutes then you will eventually see the blue tiled exterior of Newshouse just past a car wheels etc parts shop it is on the opposite side of the road to the Canalhouse and note itís a busy road to cross.

This pub is owned by Castle Rock as can be seen by the emblem in the windows, however it also acts as the Tap House for Totally Brewed Brewery with eight of their beers on offer split equally between cask and keg. In total there were 12 beers on offer with eight cask and four keg, plus two ciders available via jug. Prices were excellent here with four beers under £3 a pint and the most expensive keg offering a 7% stout the only beer to creep over £4 a pint. We had two of their own beers, namely the Sorachi Mango IPA at 6% and the Captain Hophead at 5.5%, both in good nick and pretty decent beers.

Inside the pub is split into two rooms, I would suggest that in a traditional set up the left hand side is the lounge with seating all around the outside walls and a few tables in the middle and a red carpeted floor. Some old sporting photos and newspaper cut outs adorn the walls with Forests 1959 FA Cup win and cricket and then Clough and Taylor on one photo. The bar sits central in the pub serving both this room and the bar off to the RH side. That room is more simply furnished with wooden floors a large projector screen to show football and a number of tables and chairs scattered about. The music was a random selection, then I realised it was Radio and was Absolute Rock station.

It was quiet when we turned up, but the landlord/barman was a friendly chap who dad was convinced he knew. I liked this place it is a little detached out here though one suspects the football crowd may support it on match day.

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Rune  (637) TromsÝ, Norway | March 8, 2016
A poster at the entrance tells us that this pub is the official Totally Brewed Brewery tap. We tasted all of them, altogether six on keg and cask. In addition, there were a few more beers on cask. A traditional British pub with two rooms and a bar serving both of them. Widescreen in one of the rooms showing the match between Arsenal and Hull, which we watched together with some local Notts County supporters. Polite service. Great praise for the music; Aerosmith, Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin. The pub is relatively close to the railway station (visited with Finn 20.02.2016).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Finn  (132) TromsÝ, Norway | March 4, 2016
Small. 2 rooms. TV in the room to the right. 6 casks. 5 kegs. Friendly service.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
chriso  (533) London, England | October 25, 2015
Update:
As of October 2015, this pub acts as the brewery tap for Totally Brewed brewery. According to staff at the Lincolshire Poacher the pub is still owned by Castle Rock and the beers are split between Castle Rock & Totally Brewed so I donít know exactly what the arrangements are. Unfortunately, we didnít have time to visit to explore further. Iíve upped my scores slightly to refelect these developments.

Visited in 2012. Thought Iíd put all my reviews from that trip in but obviously I hadnít so apologies for the lateness.
The first impression is the striking blue tiled exterior in a not-so-exciting area of the city. Old fashioned sort of place, fairly basic but comfortable, with a homely lived-in feel. Six cask beers - mainly Castle Rock with a couple of guests and a handful of Belgian bottles. Thereís lots of Castle Rock to be found around the city so youíll probably not find anything here that you couldnít get elsewhere. Worth a look in if passing but not a destination in itself.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Boudicca  (1125) London, England | October 13, 2012
A Castle Rock pub with six hand pumps and about ten bottles from Belgium and BrewDog.
The Newshouse is an interesting looking blue tiled building at the London Road end of Canal Street. Thereís a BBC building at the end of the road and I wondered whether this was where the name came from, as thereís an old fashioned microphone logo etched onto a large mirror in one of the two rooms. It was quiet when we visited on a Sunday evening but the service was friendly and efficient and the beers were in good condition. (Visited 15 July 2012).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
TEJA  (100) Stockholm, Sweden | January 7, 2011
A nice litle place with a few casks. They were avarded CAMRA pub of theyear 2009. Not so many bottles but good cask selectioon and they try too have at least one mild at all times. I like!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
albertane  (18) Nottingham, England | August 27, 2010
The Newshouse is a two-room pub near Nottingham railway station and the tram terminus. Winner of Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the Year 2009, It has six cask-conditioned beers, including at least two from the Castle Rock brewery, always in excellent condition. In addition to this, it sells a small selection of bottled Belgian beers. Service from Bob and Carol Fairclough and their staff is always very friendly and attentive. The pub can be oddly quiet on Friday and Saturday nights; it seems to be most popular during the week, especially for the Thursday night quiz.

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