The West Dorset Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale

Sherborne trip report

The World Cup footy depleted our numbers for our June branch social to Sherborne, but a bunch from the deep south made the trek to the far north anyway. First stop the Digby Tap, winner of the West Dorset POTY 2005. A good range of ales from independent breweries were available, and we sampled the Blackawton Devon Pride and one of the football specials, Archer’s “Germany Calling”. The beer as ever was very well priced and the quality was excellent.

Next over the road to the Britannia. Here we had Banks Bitter and were stung £6.85 for 4 halves (making that an exorbitant £3.44 a pint !!!!). This must rank as the most expensive beer in the county – any other candidates?

Next stop the Plume of Feathers, one of the Wadworth houses. The offerings here included Marstons Fever Pitch, Wadworths IPA and Westons Scrumpy.

Next stop the Cross Keys, probably the worst pub in Sherborne. The bar was offering a full range of Ringwood beers, from the Best Bitter through to Old Thumper and the fantastic Porter. We thought it a bit late for Porter but any chance to sample this excellent beer must be taken. The drip tray was as dry as the Sahara and when asked we were told it was off (not so much off as not on since March I would suggest). Fair enough Best bitter then please. This was then poured in one of those disgusting plastic glasses. “Could I have it in a glass please” I queried. “No – we are only doing plastic because of the World Cup” the barman replied. I pointed out to the barman that every drinker on the bar had their beer in a glass, not a plastic. “They are locals” he replied, at which point we bade him good evening and took our trade elsewhere. Now not only was the barman a very bad judge of characters if he thought 4 ageing CAMRA members (a women included) provided a threat to the well being of his pub, but it was rather insulting to be told there is a one rule for locals and one for everyone else. I shan’t trouble them again.

Up the road then to the Swan where we had a couple of pints of Fursty Ferret. Warm beer ?

Finally a quick drive along to Skippers, another Wadworth house, where we had the excellent Summersault and IPA, though 6X and Butcombe were also available.

We have a social meeting every month, on the second Tuesday, and have recently started a second social on the 4 th Tuesday. Details of both can be found on the WD Camra site http://www.camrawdorset.org.uk/

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