ROW BARGE BEER FESTIVAL

Riverside, Guildford, GU1 1LW

Monday 25 May 2009

At a bit of a lose end for the bank holiday Monday, PV and MV decided to take the train to Guildford and walk along the Wey Navigation towpath to the pub. Rumour had it there was a beer festival on over the weekend but there was little evidence of one as they approached. PV had that sinking feeling the beers had already sold out but on entering they found a small stillage in the corner of the bar. Settling in and looking around, the landlord seemed somewhat familiar…….

After losing the tenancy of The Dolphin at Camberley to redevelopment, Enterprise offered Mark and Chrissy East the tenancy of The Row Barge. The pub had been run down by the previous tenants and had been closed for some months when they moved in last October. Indeed it took them until the beginning of December to get the various licenses and the gas turned back on.

According to the locals, the transformation visited on the pub in the few short months Mark and Chrissy have been there is nothing short of miraculous. Decent real ale and good pub grub have been reintroduced to stand alongside the previous ‘lager and snacks’ selection. The full English breakfast and ham, double egg and chips tried this visit went down a treat and at £4.50 and £4.25 well worth the price.

The 20 beers available were supplied through the Enterprise local SIBA list. The festival had been well attended over the weekend; the Saturday being particularly busy with SHB CAMRA holding a social. All the Hog Roast (£3.75 a bun) was devoured and to make sure the beer went the same way Mark had reduced all beers to £2.00 a pint this Monday. PV was still able to drink in halves so long as he bought two at a time.

A pleasant little session was followed by an enjoyable stroll back to the station and a West Country pastie for tea.

Brewery Beer %
1648 Triple Champion 4.0
1648 Signature 4.4
Langham Hip Hop 4.0
Twickenham Naked Ladies 4.4
Oakleaf Quercus Focium 4.0
Rebellion Smuggler 4.1
W J King Summer Ale 4.0
Stonehenge Danish Dynamite 5.0

Attended by:-
PV & MV