According to Brew Wales, the pub dates from 1875 and was built by the Trecastle Estate for nearby tinplate workers.
The interior consists of a small, but well stocked bar with stools and seating surrounding it. When I visited this area was very popular with the locals. on each side of the entrance hall are rooms containing a mixture of seating and a fireplace. One is more suitable for dining although both have a homely feel to them rather than being in a pub.
The bar area and the two rooms are all carpeted. The room at the rear has a bare stone floor and was used to store the beer for the festival. I presuming on any other day it would be used for seating.
On the side of the pub is a sizeable beer garden. There are two decked areas (one covered) and a grass area with benches.
The selection of beers available was excellent, especially for a festival held in a pub. No fewer than 50 beers were available with around 30 being available at the same time. The small bar had 8 ales on pumps and a further 20 or so were available from gravity in the rear room. All ales were priced the same – a reasonable £2.65.
Here’s the full list of beers that were available (courtesy of Brew Wales):-
- Brew Dog – Trashy Blond
- Brewsters – Decadence, Rutterkin & Stilton Porter
- Cheddar Ales – Gorge Best, Potholer, & Bitter Bully
- Crouch Vale – Amarillo, Brewer’s Gold & Summer Breeze
- Dark Star – American Pale Ale, Hophead & Sunburst
- Green Jack – Orange Wheat and Ripper Tripel
- Hopback – Crop Circle, Entire Stout & Summer Lightning
- Howard Town – Snake Ale & Longdendale Light
- Lodden – Bamboozle & Ferrymans’ Gold
- Mauldon – Mousetrap, Silver Adder & Suffolk Pride
- Oakham – Bishop’s Farewell, Inferno & JHB
- RCH – Double Header, Old Slug Porter & PG Steam
- Red Fox – Red Fox Bitter, Hunter’s Gold, Wily ‘Ol Fox & IPA
- Sarah Hughes – Dark Ruby Mild
- Springhead – Bare Bones, Charlie’s Angel & Roaring Meg
- Thornbridge – Craven Silk, Jaipur IPA & Kipling
- Triple FFF – Stairway to Heaven & Moondance
- Wolf – Granny Wouldn’t Like It & Straw Dog
- Wye Valley – Dorothy Goodbody’s Golden Ale, Butty Bach & HPA
- York – Guzzler & Yorkshire Terrier
Entertainment for the festival was courtesy of Wood Art Works, a Newport based sculptor who as carving a huge boar’s head from a 150-year-old English oak. I found this far more entertaining than band that you usually get at beer festivals.
The pub usually sells a variety of food including Sunday Roasts and curry but for the festival an excellent BBQ was provided on the Saturday afternoon and was free. This was a welcome surprise and each person got a burger, jumbo sausage a chicken drumstick.
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The Boar’s Head
Tel: 01443 225400
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