West Country Ales | Cheddar, Somerset
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West Country Ales (OUT OF BUSINESS)
Good based on 8 ratings
Type: Beer Store

The Cliffs, Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar, Somerset England BS27 3QA [ print map ]
01934 742435

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Hours: 10:00-17:30 Mon-Fri, 10:00-17:30 Sat & Sun

Bottles: 200+

Small shop with a big range of beers, local and from further afield. Beers can be tried on site and 10% discount is offered to Ratebeer members.

West Country Ales

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8 reviews for West Country Ales (OUT OF BUSINESS)
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  74%
 Selection  71%
 Food N/A 
 Value  67%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  74%

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
chriso  (507) London, England | May 21, 2014
Never visited the store but ordered online once. The range of, well, ales from the West Country is excellent. Or would be if everything listed on their website as in stock was actually in stock. About a third of the beers I ordered werenít and completing the order took a lot of faffing about by íphone to sort out. Proper stock control must be a key requirement of an online operation and, unfortunately, this place wasnít up to the mark in that department. Selection score would have been higher otherwise.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb  (16) Bristol, England | January 12, 2013
Not a bad little beer store carrying a wide variety of local ales. What it does it does very well - my only complaint is that what it does is limited. However, if what you want is a great West Country ale it does what it says on the tin very well with a good range if arbor, moor, wild beer, Bristol beer factory and others. Thereís also a good selection of local ciders. And of course cheddar itself is well worth a visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub  (705) Banbury, England | September 3, 2012
Visited a couple of times during the August Bank Holiday week and despite the tourist hordes this proved to be a haven of calm. Fred, the owner, gave us a considerable amount of time and help with his extensive knowledge of beers and breweries. We managed to sup several bottles during out time there and had an excellent time chosing our beers. Thoroughly recommended.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE  (102) Perth, Australia | December 14, 2011
Entered this small shop along the entrance to the cliffs of Cheddar to be greeted by a man updating his Facebook not to batter an eyelid that anyone had walked in at all. First impressions aside he turned out to be very approachable and knowledgable of the area and of the beers and ciders that stocked the shelves. Good selection of local micros, tasting notes on most advertised too or given by the owner. Good if youíre in the area, possibly painful if itís peak season though!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
fjw1972  (2) , England | July 12, 2011
Great range of beers and ciders. Emphasis on both south west beers and also promotes bottle conditioned ales. Tasting notes on the bottles help you choose what you want and the service is first class.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath  (90) , England | February 15, 2011
Surprised to find this in Cheddar. Small but well-organised shop focused on local micros (including full Moor range) but with occasional interesting guests including some from The Kernel. The personable owner was genuinely inerested in beer, and also seemed to be a decent artist judging by the painting he was doing. Worth a look if youíre in the area, but being Cheddar itís best to avoid high season if you want to park!
Beershine  (850) The Sunshine State, Florida | September 2, 2010
Genuine beer store with no macros except for a few cans hidden in a separate fridge away from all the good stuff. Emphasis on microbreweries from the southwest of England and especially in the immediate areas so great place to try some of the beers that donít get out much like the delicious Moor Fusion. Also can do jugs of local cider. A surprisingly good store for the area.
Oakes  (769) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 2, 2010
Good shop in the middle of the tourist drag in Cheddar. Thereís a lot of local bottled brews, including Moor and Bristol Beer Factory stuff. They also have farmhouse cider for sale in bulk. Good shop.

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