BlackHaddock (614) , England | November 23, 2012
- AMBIANCE 5/5
- SERVICE 9/10
- SELECTION 8/15
- FOOD N/A
- VALUE 7/10
- OVERALL 16/20
Tht Six Bells is at the bottom of the town across the road from the church and next to the Duck crossing, yes I said Duck crossing.
This cream coloured 17th Century, former Coaching Inn is now a brew-pub which sits on a corner plot and is the brewers pride and joy, Big Nev rules here. He is often to be found behind the bar serving and having a laugh with his customers old and new. This is a very friendly pub in a very friendly town. There is no music or TV in this pub, the only noise is conversation and good natured banter.
As you open the front door which is under a small porch, you have a choice of two other doors to enter, on the left is the Lounge, with green walls and a few random pictures hung there on. The pub cat is normally in here and it likes company, so expect it to arrive at your side wanting a cuddle. The furniture is basic, wooden and functional, the room holds about 50 people max, 20 seated. An extra bar (made with scaffolding to rack the beers on)is installed here during the annual Bishops Castle Beer Festival, which is a wonderful advert for the town and Real Ale.
The door on the right takes you into the Public Bar with its Log fire, inglenook, stone walls and homely feel. This room is actually smaller than the Lounge but is where most people prefer to be. You can’t beat the ’cut and thrust’ of a good Public Bar and the locals obviously know that too. The bar counter is on your left as you walk in, there will be four hand pulls, all selling a different beer brewed at the rear of the pub. Full of locals and on my last visit, dogs too. A Greyhound, King Charles Spaniel and a Black Labrador, all well behaved and enjoying the place as much as their masters. Looking round the room and speaking to those close by, you can tell it is a mix bag of clientele, rich, poor and all of us inbetween. Some in work clothes others were hill walkers, cyclists, shoppers, in fact all manner of people.
There is a further room for meals and an outside drinking area for thewarmer weather and when the excellent Beer Festival is on.