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Real ale pub photo album...

PORTSMOUTH
DOVER
DEAL

Southeast England Coast, UK
 

December 2009



 

Owen Ogletree and his Beer Wench found themselves the southeastern coastal area of England in late December 2009.  The following photo album lists some of the best cask ale (real ale) pubs we visited on our journey.  We want to add special thanks to the kind owners of the wonderful Swingate Inn in Dover for putting us up for two nights.  Swingate is the perfect, central location from which to explore Dover and Deal, and the hotel also offers one of the best full English breakfasts we've ever enjoyed.

Photos and notes by Owen Ogletree - Posted January 2010







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SWINGATE INN
Deal Road, Dover

Swingate offers comfortable rooms, a nice restaurant and fine pub. A great lodging choice for visits to Dover and Deal.
www.swingate.co.uk


BLAKES OF DOVER
52 Castle Street, Dover

Owners Peter and Kathryn Garstin (pictured above) have turned Blakes into THE real ale destination in Dover. The pub also features a fine restaurant and accommodations. Local CAMRA pub of the year 2006.


COAST GUARD
The Bay, CT15 6DY, near Dover

A short drive from downtown Dover, Coast Guard pub affords lovely views of the white cliffs and ships coming in and out of the busy Dover port area. Excellent seafood and cask ales highlight the pub menu.


FLOTILLA
1 Bench Street, Dover

Found between Dover's Market Square and seafront, Flotilla sports a nautical decor and 2-3 cask ales.


LOUIS ARMSTRONG
58 Maison Dieu Road, Dover

Numerous guest ales are featured along with regular, live jazz.


THE PARK INN
Park Place, Dover, CT16 1DF

A favorite of locals, five or so real ales are usually on handpump.


THE BOHEMIAN
47 Beach Street, Deal

This establishment offers a delightful food menu that features many creative items not normally found in pubs. The cask ales were in fine form on our visit, and the garden area out back seems inviting in the warmer months.


PRINCE ALBERT
187-189 Middle Street, Deal

Shepherd Neame can be found on cask alongside regular guest ales. The building dates back to the 18th century.


SHIP INN
141 Middle Street, Deal

A nice range of cask ales from Shepherd Neame, Hook Norton, Youngs and Hopback are usually available, along with a warming fireplace in the front lounge room.


5TH HANS VOLUNTEER ARMS
74 Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth

Now a Fuller's pub, this place has been a real ale favorite in Portsmouth for decades.


THE BARLEY MOW
39 Castle Road, Southsea, Portsmouth

Big, friendly, locals pub with live music, nice pub fare and marvelous real ales.


DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE
Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth

Comfortable pub with two real ales.


THE EASTFIELD HOTEL
Prince Albert Road, Eastney, Portsmouth

Two bar areas make up this attractive establishment, and a fine range of guest ales highlight the real ale list.


THE FLORENCE ARMS
Florence Road, Southsea, Portsmouth

Located right across from the seafront, this pub offers a pleasing range of ciders and four real ales.


HOLE IN THE WALL
36 Gt Southsea Street, Southsea, Portsmouth

The relatively new owner of this pub (pictured above) has converted the place into a tribute to cask ale in the city. Locals and visitors alike flock to the Hole in the Wall to sample an ever-changing range of cask beers.


THE LEOPOLD
154 Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth

Look for six rotating real ales and a cask cider.


THE MARMION
Marmion Road, Southsea, Portsmouth

Small, one bar pub on a busy shopping street in Portsmouth.


THE PHOENIX
Duncan Road, Southsea, Portsmouth

Look for a nice range of cask ales from independent, local brewers.


THE ROSE IN JUNE
Milton Road, Milton, Portsmouth

Large pub with nice beer garden and fine cask ale menu.


ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY TAVERN
58 Cromwell Road, Eastney, Portsmouth

Friendly old pub with a good range of ales from Fullers.


SIR LOIN OF BEEF
152 Highland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth

Expect 8-9 cask ales at this personable pub.


THE TASWELL ARMS
Taswell Road, Southsea, Portsmouth

Located off the beaten track in a quaint neighborhood, "The Tas" offers a friendly welcome.


Just what is cask ale (or real ale)?  Why is it so important?

From London's Independent Real Ale Guide... "Real ale or cask-conditioned beer is a natural, living product. At the end of the production process - using the finest malted barley, hops, yeast and pure water - the beer if not filtered, pasteurised or artificially carbonated. It's placed into casks (called firkins), often with extra hops for aroma, and delivered in unfinished form to pubs. Here the beer enjoys a secondary fermentation in cask that creates a full, mature  flavour. In UK pubs, when the yeast has settled, the beer is drawn by the familiar hand-pump attached to a suction pump known as a beer engine. Some pubs without cellars still serve beer straight from the cask using a simple gravity tap."
Don't think of visiting the UK without a guidebook to find the best cask ale pubs.

With detailed descriptions of the very best real ale pubs in England, CAMRA's Good Beer Guide serves as the premier resource for the serious pub crawler. Search for a copy on www.Amazon.com or the Campaign for Real Ale's online store...







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