Date: 6 July 2011 Black Holes and Gaseous Explosions

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Although running a quarter of an hour late we still let the train take the strain to Farnham. Then the uphill climb to the Ridgeway and the plummet to Lower Bourne to meet up with our local guide. Due to our tardiness, SH had used the time to try and find the Spotted Cow but poor navigation resulted in failure. Some guide! TM eventually conquered the Ridgeway and fully gathered Mengo were ready for the first pub of the evening.

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Fox Lower Bourne GU10 3PH
The Springhead Leveler was on promotion but given the barmaids warning that 'it is not to everyone's taste' we tried a sampler. As it tasted like syrup of figs the reason for the promotional price and the warning became clear. The downside was PV had to pay full price for his round and it came to over 20 Pound. A Wednesday night record for Mengo.
Belhaven Bonnie Birdie 3.8 3.40 2.5 Scottish & it tasted like it
Springhead The Leveler 4.7 2.00 - Syrup of figs!
Greene King IPA 3.6 3.15 - Not tried
Greene King Abbot 5.0 3.40 - Not tried

Although our guide couldn't find a blemished bovine he could find some cricketing equipment.

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Bat and Ball Boundstone GU10 4SA
In these stringent times it seems the Wednesday Women's Club has been partially disbanded and the pub was rather quiet. Our talk turned to space and included black holes and gaseous explosions but these final topics were just about TM on the bog. The majority of beers tried were in good condition but SH was disappointed with the Skew Sunshine - it was just not as stunning as remembered.
Youngs Bitter 3.7 2.90 3.0 Enjoyed by TM
Otter Amber 4.0 3.25 3.5 Excellent pint
Itchin Valley Winchester Ale 4.2 2.95 3.0 A true Hampshire taste
Oakleaf Nuptu'ale 4.2 3.10 3.5 Well received
Suthwyk Skew Sunshine 4.6 3.05 2.5 Slightly stale
Hogs Back TEA 4.2 3.15 - Not tried

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Sandrock Boundstone GU10 4NS
In an attempt to recover some of their lost custom the beer prices have been lowered. While the lower prices are most welcome the biggest selling point for real ale drinkers is still missing - there is no Bathams. However, the pubs current standard beer - Sharps Cornish Coaster - is not a bad replacement. Apart from the Summer Lightning the beers were in good condition.
Timothy Taylor Golden Best 3.5 2.90 3.5 Rare light mild
Sharp's Cornish Coaster 3.6 2.90 3.5 Excellent
Sharp's Doom Bar 4.0 3.00 2.5 Bit flat & lackluster
Exmoor Gold 4.5 3.00 3.0 Lovely golden bitter
Hop Back Summer Lightning 5.0 3.20 0.0 Handed back