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2nd July 2008

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It is a nice easy ride via Runfold out to The Sands, so one wonders
why some decided to go via Tongham? Did this contribute to their
lateness? Of course it did.
On the way between The Barley Mow and The Princess Victoria we
stopped off at The Jolly Farmer, that was, which had reopened that
day as Kei’s Restaurant. The entrance had been moved and laid tables
greeted you as soon as you went in, so no further investigation was
made into real ale availability, but it does not look promising.

Barley Mow - The Sands - SU 883 463

The barman had just returned from The Glastonbury Festival and was in
a very good mood. So much so that he offered to change a slightly
cloudy Doombar without any prompting. No need, the beer was perfectly
drinkable as were the other two on offer; the very local HBB and the
somewhat more distant Landlord. It was good to see the price list was
displayed at the bar. Should be in every pub, but so rarely is.

Brewer         Beer      %  Price Mark Comment
Hogs Back      HBB      3.7 £2.90  3   Rather bland but it is only 3.7
Sharp’s        Doombar  4.0 £2.90 3.5  Not quite as clear as Rock
Timothy Taylor Landlord 4.3 £2.95  4   Excellent example 

Princess Royal - Runfold - SU 863 476

Seemed less busy than in previous years visits, but that might have
been because all the smokers were now outside. Although no doubt
within acceptable parameters, the beers always seem a trifle too cold
here, but are generally well kept and enjoyable when they have warmed
a little. Both the Butser and HSB were well received, the Discovery
less so.

Brewer   Beer       %  Price Mark Comment
Gales    Butser    3.4 £2.80  3	
Gales    HSB       4.8 £3.00  3	
Fuller’s Discovery 3.9 £2.95 2.5  For those  afraid of the dark 

Shepherd & Flock - Farnham - SU 854 474

It was turning quite Autumnal (in July!) by the time we arrived so we
forewent the normal pleasure of outside drinking at this pub
listening to the sound of motor bikers chasing their tails around the
roundabout) and ventured inside. The beer choice was a bit Spartan
(for this pub) but the manager soon put another barrel of Arkell’s
Summer Ale on. Once informed the Archers Crystal Clear was on
the ‘turn’ he immediately took the beer off sale. Obviously
discerning he was dealing with some real ale aficionados he provided
tasters of the next two beers due on, Cottage You Cannot Be Serious
and Goddard’s Inspiration; which of course drinking in this pub is.

Brewer     Beer                   %  Price Mark Comment
Archers    Crystal Clear         5.0 £3.00  1   On the turn to vinegar
Cottage    Licensed to Chew      4.3 £2.80  3   Bit flat with moldy aftertaste
Triple fff Moondance             4.2 £2.80 3.5  Good form 
Hogs Back  TEA                   4.2 £2.80  3	
Arkell’s   Summer Al             4.2 £2.80 3.5  Nice alternative to Winter
Cottage    You Cannot Be Serious 4.1 £2.80 3.5  But we invariably are
Goddard’s  Inspiration           5.0 £3.00  4   Which it was

Created on 07/21/2008 09:35 PM by drinking
Updated on 07/21/2008 09:53 PM by drinking
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