This year’s Pigs Ear beer & cider festival has two boxes of the London Glider Cider, the first cider made within the M25 in a long time – possibly ever! I’m told that it’s some of the last to be available from this year’s vintage – ELAC have got their hands on a box of dry and medium dry. Available while stocks last.
So we are now just a week away from East London and City CAMRA’s Hackney beer festival – I’ll be working behind the bar for them for a few evenings. There’s more information from them on this year’s festival below – I hope to see you there!
The Southampton Arms is one of those pubs I’ve been meaning to get along to for ages. It’s not particularly hard to get to but isn’t really in any of my normal haunts so it took an extra special cycling trip to get me over there.
Located on Highgate Road, NW5 a short walk from Gospel Oak station it has a small unassuming entrance. Inside you find a wooden bar, a fairly traditional décor and a lot of choice.
We counted 10 ales and 8 ciders, with two keg taps hidden on the right serve Camden brewery’s lager and red for those who prefer their beer pasteurised. It was reasonably quiet at 1pm on a Sunday afternoon, but it isn’t a gastropub meal place – so it isn’t going attract the hordes of families looking for a Sunday roast. I was certainly happy to grab some pie with my pint though!
I chose Truman’s Runner to accompany my pie. It was in really good condition, but I still haven’t clicked with the runner. Not sure what it is but it doesn’t grab me. The Buntingford brewery ‘spalt select‘ was rather nice. Warm weather isn’t far away (at least I hope not), so now is a good time for dark beers to give way for light. Given the large number and variety of cider on offer I’m sure I’ll be back later in the year for some appley goodness. The Southampton Arms is a must visit if you happen to be in NW5 – or maybe if you’ve just been to the top of Parliament Hill and back.