niquillis (97) Stoke on Trent, England | May 24, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Cracking Victorian boozer very close to Blists Hill Victorian Town. 4 handpulls, 1 by Shires and 3 guests (New Plassey, Rowton and Three Tuns on my visit). Well worth a visit.
BlackHaddock (280) , England | December 3, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
The All Nations has been a firm favorite of mine for years, I first used it back in the late 70’s and still pop in whenever I can.
Set back off the road, up a steep hill, with the brewhouse is behind in the outbuildings, next to the toilets which are also outside.
A single room, with a small bar, a real fire and a warm welcome is what this place is all about. No fancy gimmics or bright lights here, no twee pictures or posh mirrors, just bare painted walls and four handpulls selling three of their own beers and one guest ale.
There is a large field out front for sunny drinking and an area near the toilets which has a few old benches to sit on, if you feel the urge to drink outside.
I have taken mini-bus loads of people here and per-ordered ’Black Pudding, raw onion and cheddar cheese sarnies’ (all in the same ones). They complement the beer, no honest they do! everyone turns their noses up at first, but once they have tried one, there is no stoppong them.
This brewpub is a throwback to years gone by and should be treasured. It is by the locals, and being in a ’World Heritage’ site, it should stay this way for years to come. The brewery out the back is currently ’Shires’ and has been moderised since the kit was unused for a few years: their beers are fine and difficult to find anywhere else except festivals or the very local area, so get here to try them if you can.