Burton On Trent Beer Guide: Your Burton On Trent guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Burton On Trent

88 /100 81 HIGH STREET
“Lovely place friendly staff and a beer selection that changes just perfect for me“
r1ch5mt 172 days ago
72 /100 86 STATION STREET
“The Devonshire Arms is a decent beer pub, but it's also a wonderfully pleasant place to be. The staff and clientele are very friendly, and the traditional two-room layout creates a spacious atmosphere. It's a Burton Bridge Pub, with a few house beers and a good number of guests. The beer is in brilliant condition, and though they lean toward the traditional side, the beers here are from decent breweries such as Wincle, Dorset, and Whim. It's close enough to the train station to warrant a look, although you may stay longer than intended.“
jjsint 180 days ago
64 /100 81 HIGH STREET
“Decent pub on the north side of town easy accessible if you're coming from the National Brewery Centre or the brewery taps on the northern industrial estates. Opened late than advertised, but was worth the wait as I had the choice of beers from Ashover, Titanic and North Riding. Good selection of Sam Smith's bottles for a good price. By no means a necessity in town, but it's a decent micropub with good beer so worth taking a look if you're nearby.“
jjsint 180 days ago
76 /100 UNIT 8, FALCON CLOSE
“Warehouse building in an industrial estate north of the town centre. The bar carries five of their own beers (four cask, one keg) plus a couple of cask guests. Usually a few bottles are available as well. The beers on my visit were on the strong side of sessionable (4.5 to 6.2%) and all very well done. Some interesting styles as well, such as a lower ABV NEIPA which wasn't available on my visit. If you're in Burton during opening hours, I'd certainly recommend a stop.“
jjsint 180 days ago
88 /100
Brews of the World (Beer Store)
159 STATION SREET
“This is one of the better beer stores I've been to lately. It's not very big, but almost every beer they carry is one I'd want to drink. The great and the good of Midlands breweries (Titanic, Ashover, Blue Monkey) are joined by craft from the UK, Estonia (Põhjala, Sori) the US (Founders, Wicked Weed, Jolly Pumpkin) and Germany. Big cold fridge for drinking in or taking away, and they'll be getting some taps in soon. On the expensive side - about 20% on to what I'd pay at my local craft beer shop - but well worth it. Very highly recommended.“
jjsint 180 days ago
82 /100 5 LICHFIELD STREET
“Handsome looking half timbered 19th century building in the centre of Burton. Black Country Ales-run, but without the entire emphasis on their own ales, thankfully. A solid range of other cask, both modern and traditional, with 6 kegs devoted to thornbridge, kernel, Ridgeside and others of their ilk. 6 box ciders, though 4 were fruity Rosie's Pig. We sat admiring the ornate wooden carvings running along the kick board of the bar. Every spare bit of wall and ceiling throughout the pub boasting beer pumpclips, and an eclectic selection they seem have had too. Nice modern pub with something for everyone it seems.“
minutemat 182 days ago
76 /100 24 BRIDGE STREET
“Another old Burton alehouse with a pleasing look from outside, ivy creeping up the worn brick facade around the Burton Bridge sign. Traditional in feel, the bar straddles two seperate rooms, with cask range focussed on Burton Bridge beers, brewed directly behind the pub. Nice relaxing atmosphere.“
minutemat 182 days ago
78 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“Lovely old remnant from Burton's brewing heydays when most of the town consisted of breweries and rail lines (as illustrated in the National Brewery Centre!). The front stares out somewhat melancholically to the imposing steel FV tanks of the Molson Coors brewery opposite. Inside it does feel like stepping back into those 19th Century glory days, lots of cosy seating areas, and plenty of Bass mirrors and posters adorning the walls. There are two narrow outside seating areas to the left and right of the building, joined by a walkway through the middle of the pub. Around 8 or so cask on offer, some gravity, with around half devoted to Joules, half to guest. One box cider. The mild special had just finished, so I got a Dancing Duck. Nice old pub with atmosphere. Pork pies and individually wrapped cheese fingers available too.“
minutemat 182 days ago
86 /100 HORNINGLOW STREET
“An excellent museum dedicated to brewing in Burton and how the pale ale revolutionised beer consumption in the UK. We got there just in time for a guided tour which was included in the ticket price and consisted of just us two on this mid-week afternoon. I'd recommend the tour, a lot more information and explanations given, though you're encouraged to walk around again afterwards as there is a lot to read and admire, and the guide tends to keep moving once he's finished talking. Lots of old brewing equipment, antique vehicles and a couple of shire horses which are still used for weddings, events and TV. Afterwards you're given 3 tokens which can be exchanged for 3 thirds in the bar. The brewery centre has a Heritage brewery which brews traditional styles, so a good opportunity to try the original pale ale brewed according to the White Shield recipe. There's a 'boutique beer' shop with beers from around the world, as well as locally. We were lucky that there was still a huge range of beer left over from their International Beer Competition, held every two years in February, so lots of rare beer and cider from very far flung places. Recommended museum for anyone interested in brushing up on their brewing history.“
minutemat 182 days ago
80 /100
Brews of the World (Beer Store)
159 STATION SREET
“Visited here in May 2018. Nice selection of beers made more impressive by the number of unusual ones such as Greece and a range from Portugal which I had not seen before. Service was friendly and prices reasonable. The only down side was that it is surronded by double yellow lines. You have to park around the corner on a meter which is a minimum of 80 pence. One I will hopefully visit again.“
johndoughty 537 days ago
72 /100 95 STATION ROAD
“A micro pub close to the railway station and railway bridge, looks like it was a shop previously. Bijou is the current term for size but we all got in okay. There is a blackboard with their current offerings and what is coming next, popular with Football Fans on match days but all very amiable. Last port of call for us before the coach home so a touch hazy but a must do in a great beer town.“
imdownthepub 569 days ago
70 /100 GRAIN WAREHOUSE YARD, DERBY STREET
“A relatively new pub, not sure I would call it a micro pub myself but it works to that style. 4 Changing beers quite often from Wentwell Brewery that has a tie to the pub. Bright and airy but comfortable as well, there is a friendly atmosphere. It was tricky to find for us as I had lost my map by this point but cross the Railway Bridge and keep going right. Well worth a look see.“
imdownthepub 569 days ago
86 /100
Brews of the World (Beer Store)
159 STATION SREET
“This is a bottle shop just a short walk from the National Brewery Centre towards the Railway Station, so handy to pick up some winners on your way home. It is bright, spotlessly clean and well laid out in an easily found shop on Station Street. The range is very good indeed, loads of choice from the UK but mainly across Europe and the USA from rarely seen breweries here. I recommend it highly. Not sure if they ship beers.“
imdownthepub 569 days ago
62 /100 HORNINGLOW STREET
“We just went into the bar at The National Brewery Centre, so this is a rating for that. It's large and a little impersonal, food related but with a reasonable guest beer presence.“
imdownthepub 570 days ago
70 /100 24 BRIDGE STREET
“This is a traditional, old (17th Century) ale house, rambling but with 2 main rooms to the front and back. Owned by Burton Bridge beers and only their own beers on sale. The Barman was chatty and helpful throughout our visit, joining in any banter that was going. Despite the limited range of beers this is a must visit pub. The pork pies are excellent.“
imdownthepub 570 days ago
74 /100 81 HIGH STREET
“This is a smart, compact micro pub in an old hairdressers shop. Comfortable furnishings to the front with a counter to the rear and the beers marked up on a blackboard. There are 4 changing cask ales from intriguing breweries. Really well worth a stop off.“
imdownthepub 570 days ago
60 /100
Crossing (Bar)
50 HIGH STREET
“A large, imposing food lead pub within the town centre area, heavily modernised and knocked through with a large central bar. All the tables were set up for dining but no problems with grabbing a table for just drinking. The beer range is quite restricted, nothing really for the beer hunter here apart from a couple of surprises in the more remote of the multiple fridges. Not a destination pub but one to add to a wander around town if you have time.“
imdownthepub 570 days ago
76 /100 5 LICHFIELD STREET
“This is a half timbered building just outside of the main part of town but still frequented by away football supporters on the hunt for good beer. Mainly cask beers in here but a few craft keg to the far right of the longish bar. The beers are all listed on blackboards. Friendly and convivial, really well worth visiting.“
imdownthepub 570 days ago
84 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“Marvellous old 19th Century pub with a history tied to the nearby Bass Brewery but now owned by Joules. It's a warren of nooks & crannies, with the beer sold from stillage at the rear of the pub to the right. It looked like around 9 beers on sale with 3 from Joules. It's a must visit pub in Burton and long may these good old fashioned pubs survive.“
imdownthepub 570 days ago
90 /100
Crossing (Bar)
50 HIGH STREET
“Had a great shared lunch, consisting of a bunch of their starters. Friendly staff and a good collection of beers.“
AtronSeige 605 days ago
80 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“Visited on trip to 24 northern counties with OGJ 03.01.18. Nice old style pub with a good atmosphere in Burton. Three ales on cask and eight ales on stillage. Several smaller roooms.“
Holmen2 686 days ago
84 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“A true gem in Burton-on-Trent, history in the walls, benches and solid wooden tables, lots of beer served by stillage and cask, solid tap list with guest beers of top class, Oakham Green Devil i.e. Radio on the speakers at our short visit. Lots of rooms, crannies, a mini maze.“
gunnar 686 days ago
70 /100 HORNINGLOW STREET
“Visited on trip to 24 northern counties with OGJ 03.01.18. Six hand pumps, four available at our visit, of which two were served using sparklers. All beers were rather bland. National Brewery Centre, in the hearth of English brewing heritage, is more interesting. Great exhibiton and huge and freindly shire horses. Well worth a visit!“
Holmen2 686 days ago
72 /100 HORNINGLOW STREET
“Huge brewery complex, a big museum with loads of historical brewing equipment, and above all, The Brewery Tap, with 6 HP and 8 keg. A must visit if you are in these necks of the wood.“
gunnar 686 days ago
80 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“Old style pub with various rooms / drinking areas. Cask Beer from stillage served at what is more a small counter than a typical British pub bar. Bass was ordered by most of our group, although one friend had a cask beer from Arbor. My favourite of the 5 pubs we visited in Burton.“
moleha4 744 days ago
68 /100 86 STATION STREET
“Traditional pub on the main road from the station to the town centre. On our visit there were several Burton Bridge beers on tap, plus 1 guest beer. Decent.“
moleha4 744 days ago
68 /100 95 STATION ROAD
“Micropub less than 5 minutes walk from the Station (turn right and it is on the right hand side of the main road). Seating area is relatively narrow as well as small. Cask beers on our visit were from Springhead, Abbeydale, Tollgate & Isle of Purbeck breweries. A couple of ciders as well, and a few craft offerings in cans. Worth a look.“
moleha4 744 days ago
84 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“Have visited Burton a few times in recent years and this is my firm favourite. An historic pub and an iconic (as a previous reviewer said) part of Burton’s brewing history. Quality beers, perfectly kept, served from cask from the back room bar. A very relaxed environment. Hope to get back again soon.“
Grumbo 956 days ago
74 /100
Crossing (Bar)
50 HIGH STREET
“Visited in March 2017 mainly for food which was excellent.Nice selection of hand pumps although nothing exciting. Some reasonable bottled craft beer. Nice atmosphere and excellent service. Not one to go out of your way for but if you are in Burton it is worth checking out.“
johndoughty 983 days ago
58 /100 HORNINGLOW STREET
“Visited August 2016. Small but reasonable selection of bottles. Some interesting ones from Sharp’s ( owned by Coors ) and a Welsh micro who I had never seen in this region before. None of the bottles where individually priced but there was a flat price for 6 and 12 bottles which was quite competitive if you picked the right bottles. Service was a bit patronizing advising me what bottles to try-hadn’t got the heart to tell him that I probably knew more about them than he did. Not worth a special trip but if you are in the area or visiting the museum ( which is excellent ) stick your head in.“
johndoughty 1179 days ago
64 /100 95 STATION ROAD
“How many micropubs does Burton need? More than two, as evidenced by this very new establishment that wasn’t even on my radar. The other two (Borough Arms and the Fuggle & Nugget) were closed on the Sunday that I visited, so I was glad to come across this place. Friendly, small, beer-led and free of piped music, it feels like a good place to be. The beer selection is tiny - four ales on gravity - so you may or may not bag yourself a tick. Still it is worth a stop if in the area, and as I find that micropubs often go from strength to strength, I would mark this one down as a sleeping giant.“
jjsint 1255 days ago
80 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“Brilliant iconic pub on a side street near the town centre. Many of us have seen the frontage on CAMRA leaflets and the like, and the interior doesn’t disappoint. Now run by Joules so I expected a decent but reasonably staid beer list. Instead I was treated to eight cask ales and two keg (Salopian and Nene Valley). There was a talented but fairly loud acoustic duo in the bar so I, feeling insular, opted for the back room and very nice it was. Highly recommended.“
jjsint 1256 days ago
68 /100 51 DERBY STREET
“Decent beer pub on the other side of the station from the town centre. Two-bar pub with a more traditional public and a slightly renovated lounge area, but with exposed brickwork all around. Five Burton Bridge beers and one guest. Didn’t notice any craft keg or bottles (although you can get Burton Bridge beers in bottles) but that place is all about tradition and is none the worse for it.“
jjsint 1256 days ago
62 /100
Crossing (Bar)
50 HIGH STREET
“Decent food-oriented pub on the High Street. Tries hard to be trendy, but this is Burton, so sticks out like a sore thumb with all the traditional pubs about town. Six beers on tap. Four decent guests plus Doom Bar and Bass, two ciders, and bottles of Camden Town’s core range and SNPA if you want something slightly edgy. You’ll probably pick up a tick or two here, and it’s in the middle of a decent crawl so you may as well. Not a destination though.“
jjsint 1256 days ago
66 /100 24 BRIDGE STREET
“Traditional two-room pub offering six beers from Burton Bridge. No music, just the buzz of conversation and the palpable enjoyment of ale. Family friendly and well patronised on a Sunday afternoon. Perhaps a guest or two wouldn’t go amiss but the beers are decent and in perfect condition. Flights of 3x thirds available. One to include in any local crawl.“
jjsint 1256 days ago
88 /100 5 LICHFIELD STREET
“The newest (well newest to me) in the Black Country Ales chain, this very well may be the best of the bunch. I thought for a minute I was stepping into the Wellington in Brum, but it’s much more open-plan and convivial. Excellent barman, I know my beer so I don’t usually need help but he was brilliant. 11 real ales, four ciders and three craft keg. Cask includes beer from Nene Valley, Redwillow and Thornbridge. They are going through the "Invasion of the Lupuloids" series from Beavertown, three at a time, on keg so I had a flight of thirds for £5. All in all an amazing place, although the keg is a bit cold but the same could be said for 85% of the craft beer joints in London. Very highly recommended, especially when one tires of the Marston, Bass, and Burton Bridge ubiquity in Burton.“
jjsint 1256 days ago
68 /100 HORNINGLOW STREET
“This is a tough one to rate, as you’re looking at quite a few points. The museum is amazing, although I may caution against the 2-hour tour if, like me, you’re anxious to hit the town pubs as well. £9.50 is steep but it buys you three 1/3 pints worth of tasting tokens for the Heritage Brewery. The Brewery Tap bar is a bit staid - the dining area looks like a 1980s cafeteria but the bar area is much better - but the Heritage beers are surprisingly tasty. Six handpull casks include Bass, four Heritage beers and one guest. Sharp’s Cornish Pilsner also on keg. The bar staff dealt well with the tour group’s large influx. Food smelled good but I didn’t eat. The shop has a decent but far from amazing selection of UK beers. Do say: ’I think too many fancy beers these days are overhopped. What’s wrong with an old-fashioned pint of English bitter’. Don’t say: ’Doom Bar was so much better before Coors acquired Sharps’...“
jjsint 1256 days ago
68 /100 HORNINGLOW STREET
“This is a huge complex. Pull into the car park and you can choose between the museum and shop to your left, or the brewery tap to your right. I was short on time, so I chose the brewery tap fir a quick sandwich and a half of one of their four casks. They also proudly dusplayed a keg of Blue Moon, which the barman described as a craft lager. Wrong on both counts! I then walked through parts of the museum, peeking stealthily at a few displays, on my way to the gift shop. The gift shop on one side has a few bottles in gift packs. Across from it there is a full bottle shop, though selection is small. Beers from the UK, decorative German 750s and some common Belgian stuff. If I had had more time, I would have done the full tour and settled into the taproom, coupons in hand. Had I done that, though, I would have needed a taxi!“
Travlr 1514 days ago
82 /100
Deya Shop (Grocery Store)
241B UXBRIDGE STREET
“Excellent shop. I was like a kid in a sweet shop. Loads of new Latvians, which got me so excited, that I probably missed other beers I should have grabbed. I will return.“
DanielBrown 1648 days ago
64 /100
Deya Shop (Grocery Store)
241B UXBRIDGE STREET
“Eastern European shop that is situated in an area with a large Eastern European population on the corner of Uxbridge street and Queen Street. This shop has about a dozen Polish beers, half a dozen Russian and a couple of Ukrainian beers. The biggest selection however consist of Lithuanian and Latvian beers of which there are around 30 to 40 beers. Prices are pretty standard £1 for cans and £1.80 for bottles. Good place.“
SarkyNorthener 1669 days ago
70 /100 24 BRIDGE STREET
“Visited 1/12/2014. Unsurprisingly quiet on a wet Monday lunchtime but the pub was cosy and beer enjoyable. Barmaid was friendly and took the effort to change the barrel to serve me the beer I wanted, rather than suggest I choose another. Worth a visit.“
downender 1774 days ago
78 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“Old style pub many of the beers on gravity. Joules pub plus guests. Titanic and thornbridge regularly. No food but you can bring your own or take your beer to the Indian next door“
Rowlymo 2136 days ago
70 /100 86 STATION STREET
“Visited on a friday night, very lively and popular pub. Good selection of Burton Bridge beers. Nice looking pub, a bit more modernised than the other Burton Bridge pubs.“
SarkyNorthener 2174 days ago
82 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“Excellent place. Beers on cask and stillage. Joules, oakham, thornbridge and others. Lots of interesting stuff here. Nice looking place too and lively on a Friday night.“
SarkyNorthener 2174 days ago
78 /100 24 BRIDGE STREET
“Cosy friendly pub with a couple of rooms and traditional pub games. Lots of regulars in here and good service. Six cask ales on tap, all Burton Bridge.“
SarkyNorthener 2175 days ago
60 /100 154 HIGH STREET
“Old fashioned JDW. Large and not very busy on a Sunday afternoon. 12 taps, but some of these were doubled up. So selection wasn’t all to great. Average JDW.“
SarkyNorthener 2201 days ago
74 /100 HORNINGLOW STREET
“Will have to rate this on a number of fronts. Museum - If you are interested in the brewing of beer and its history, this is good. If your not and are just interested in drinking beer you may be bored. Price seemed a bit steep for what it was but when you consider that you get four taster tokens its good. Bar - Three different casks of their own beer and three guests that you would find in any decent cask pub. Staff were good. Nothing historical about the bar. Outside seating area with kids pay area is good. Shop - around 50 beers from the UK and around the world. Some very unusual and rare to find in this country and other usual Belgians etc. They were selling bottles for 50p each from an International beer awards tasting that finished the night before. I got some rare beers and came away with a good haul. Overall I was happy, but then I love beer and brewing. The wife and kids persevered. ....".................................................................................................................................. Update on beer selection in shop. It is down to a few shelves with a few Belgian selections, Uk beers and a couple of international lagers. Not worth the journey for shop alone at moment. Staff have said they are looking to more stock in but will focus on UK beers. Let’s hope they are decent ones. Will update when it changes.“
SarkyNorthener 2271 days ago
70 /100 51 DERBY STREET
“Nice looking traditional pub. Five BB beers and one guest on my visit. Beers were in an excellent condition. Good service. Large car park to rear.“
SarkyNorthener 2354 days ago
68 /100 HORNINGLOW STREET
“As a historic destination this is a must for any beer enthusiast who is coming through the area. However this rating is going to focus more on the tap room which has a more industrial modern feel.

At least three Worthington beers will be on at all times. Since your tour ticket gives you four free samples this is a great way to tick them without buying bottles. I was also able to try ’E’ which is supposed to be based on the original recipes for Bass Ale. Beyond that the selection descends towards Coors standards like Carling.

This isn’t a place that I would come just to drink but it is worth a visit. Also be sure to swing into the shop where you might find the occasional gem. Prices may have been a bit high. However given the rarity of certain bottles it is worth your time to at least browse.“
Brigadier 2364 days ago
80 /100 43 CROSS STREET
“Lovely traditional Victorian pub with good selection of well kept ales which are both local and from afar.A must visit destination when in Burton.“
TickerTerryDJ 2387 days ago