If Scarborough is in my Top 20 Pub Towns (above Norwich in 15th place), the place I didn’t write about yesterday is unquestionably a Top 10 pub.
Folk often ask me why I didn’t visit such and such a pub when I visit their town. In Matlock, for example, I did the two newbies, but not MoCa and Thorn Tree (both very good) which I’d done before. Visiting all 4,500 GBG pubs in the same year may be possible, but you wouldn’t do much afterwards.
In general, I’ll only go back to a pub if;
a) It was brilliant,
b) It was total rubbish,
c) It seems like a good idea at the time after an inadvisable session,
d) It serves Draught Bass.
The North Riding Brew Pub fits into categories a) and c).
On my first visit in 2014, I reckoned the beer top notch (NBSS 4.5), and the pub was heaving on a midweek afternoon out of season. WhatPub tells you about the brewery and beer choice, but it can’t convey the spirit of community and pubby joy in the North Riding.
What good fortune to have it 20 yards from my B&B after that late night scampi !
This is one of those places where you don’t have to worry about sufficient turnover to justify the beer range; most sales were cask on Tuesday night.
But not all. This is a pub, not a tickers’ convention, and there was plenty of Stowford and lager as well.
Their own beer (Mosaic, I think) was cool, chewy and challenging (NBSS 4.5), a half of Danish Citra Bale decanted in afterwards even better. Beers of the month.
I was enjoying myself too much to take good photos, as this will show.
Free entertainment too (the pool, not Theresa). A BRAPA pub for the ages.
A serious beer bar, decanted into a proper pub for locals and visitors. Heaven.