One of the highpoints of the Pub Ticker’s Year today. The “pub” with opening hours set specifically to thwart your visit.
- Thursday 14.30 – 19.30
- Friday 14.30 – 19.30
So no opening on weekends, and no chance for a ticker from, say, York to get here after work, even now big brother Mansfield has a railway station as well.
But Simon isn’t due here ’till 2037 anyway (Nottinghamshire starts with an “N“), so here’s what you’re missing Simon.
A small brewery with occasional bar in an industrial estate in a Midlands mining town, that’s what. As Pubmeister notes today (here), it’s the variety of the Beer Guide that appeals.
I tipped up at 14.32. There was already one chap with a pint. How do they do that ?
I expect you want to know what the brewery looks like. It looks like a brewery.
For a bar open two afternoons a week, it had a wide range of beers on, feeling more like a small local than a sampling room at a brewery.
Proper seating, beer mats, an attempt at conversation that fell a bit flat, piped music. Very Mansfield pub in fact. I’m not sure if he called me “M’Duck” or not.
I moan about places which don’t stick to publicised opening hours, but I’d never criticise places like the Well that provide a shop window for a brewery’s beers.
Particularly when their beer is as good as their Incensed, a cool, dry wonder of a pint (NBSS 4) which was worth the effort of the journey.
Superb lacing, too.
But it still looks like it’s in Mansfield to me.
*WhatPub hours vary from Good Beer Guide hours, of course.