Date: 14 September 2011 Lucky Find

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With ROC not required in Glasgow and the welcome return of TM from wherever, Mengo were back to fighting weight for the sans bike survey of Guilford.

PubLocationOS Map RefKeystone Guildford GU2 4BL CommentNot very busy but extremely noisy. We selected the guest, Brentwood Gold, which came out like a Northern beer but was actually only from Essex. The beer was in good condition but seemed to have a rather herby taste, perhaps caused by the heavy hoping with Cascade.
Brentwood Gold 4.3 3.10 3.5 Herbal infusion
Black Sheep Best Bitter 3.8 3.10 - Not tried
Triple fff Alton's Pride 3.8 3.10 - Not tried

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Kings Head Guildford GU1 4JW
Why does every other female university student think they can sing? This diva was wailing 'Fly Away' and we wished she would. Not a bad selection of beers and in surprisingly good nick for a student lager haven.
Hammerpot Shooting Star 3.8 3.30 3.0 A Sussex star
Wychwood Hobgoblin 4.5 3.30 3.0 Alright
Caledonian Deuchars IPA 3.8 3.40 3.0 A Northern selection
Hogs Back TEA 4.2 3.30 - Not tried
Morland Old Speckled Hen 4.5 3.30 - Wrongly advertised as 5.2%

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Keep Guildford GU1 3UW
Last year we called in but were not tempted by the beer on offer. This year they had both Tribute and a Jennings guest so we gave it a try. Rather glad we did as the old 'Three Tuns' was almost back to being a proper pub after a time spent as a pseudo restaurant.
St Austell Tribute 4.2 3.10 3.0 Rather nice
Jennings Cumberland Ale 4.0 3.10 3.0 Bit woody

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Royal Oak Guilford GU1 3RR
The beer was a little disappointing last year so we were rather pleased to be served up a very well kept Fuller's Front Row. The reason became clear when a beer list from their recent festival was requested - the new tenants turned out to be Andy and Paulina who had managed The Star in Godalming for a number of years. The festival list was short but interesting and we promised to go to Andy's next one, probably February 2012.
Fuller's Front Row 3.7 3.20 3.5 Lightweight session
Fuller's London Pride 4.1 3.30 - Not tried
Gales HSB 4.8 3.30 - Not tried
York Guzzler 3.6 3.20 - Next up

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Three Pigeons Guilford GU1 3AJ
Manager informed us they had left the Nicholson's chain last October and formed their own pub company - Stonegate. This gave them more flexibility with beer choice and he was aiming to serve two local beers, three from Nationals and a guest. One local he was hoping to get in was Surrey Hills Shere Drop. While we wait for the Drop we just had Mandy Carpel Tunnel to entertain us. That and an excellent Doom Bar. The beer prices were very good. - must have been PV's round
Timothy Taylor Landlord 4.2 3.00 3.5 Another Northern selection
Fuller's London Pride 4.1 2.90 3.0 Not commented on
Jennings Cumberland Ale 4.0 2.65 - Not tried
Sharp's Doom Bar 4.0 2.70 3.5 Excellent
Wychwood Hobgoblin 4.5 2.70 - Not tried