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December, 2009 Archives

Situated at 1,481ft above sea level, the Kirkstone Pass Inn in Cumbria is one of the highest pubs in England. I recently drove up the 'challenging on a good day' Kirkstone Pass to visit the pub but was disappointed to find that it snow had called off play.

Situated at 1,481ft above sea level, the Kirkstone Pass Inn in Cumbria is one of the highest pubs in England. I recently drove up the 'challenging on a good day' Kirkstone Pass to visit the pub but was disappointed to find that snow had called off play. The pub has got a beer garden which, on a good day, offers spectacular views. Here's what the beer garden looked like when I visited. See also a video of the area.

Situated at 1,481ft above sea level, the beer garden at the Kirkstone Pass Inn, Cumbria is one of the highest in the country. On a clear day the views of the surrounding area are spectacular. On a snowy day Boxing Day in December, they are still just as spectacular. View a video of the area.

Y Mochyn Du is a welsh speaking pub in Cardiff with a great selection of real ale. The name means The Black Pig. They also have a huge selection of wines available.

Judging by my collection, you could say I'm a fan of Brew Dog beers. I'm yet to try them all and the next beer I'll be trying will be the 32% Tactical Nuclear Penguin.

Judging by my collection, you could say I'm a fan of Brew Dog beers. I'm yet to try them all and the next beer I'll be trying will be the 32% Tactical Nuclear Penguin.

Wadworth & Co. was founded in 1875 when Henry Wadworth purchased the Northgate Brewery in Devizes. It was not long before they exceeded their capacity at the Northgate Brewery and in 1885 they moved premises to a new facility close to their original site.' This sign was located on a building across the road from their iconic Northgate Brewery.

'Wadworth & Co. was founded in 1875 when Henry Wadworth purchased the Northgate Brewery in Devizes. It was not long before they exceeded their capacity at the Northgate Brewery and in 1885 they moved premises to a new facility close to their original site.' This sign was located on a building across the road from their iconic Northgate Brewery.

Steeped in history, the Haunch of Venison in Salisbury was first mentioned in 1320. The pub had associations with the church (situated behind the pub) and was once a brothel. The pub's tiny bar (it's not much bigger than what you see in the photo) has some unique features including the pewter bar top on the right, which is believed to be the last complete bar top of its kind in England and the original gravity-fed spirit taps (also on the right). The way the beer is dispensed is pretty unique too. Also in the pub is a fireplace from 1588, England's only licensed landing and the mummified hand of a cheating card player.

Steeped in history, the Haunch of Venison in Salisbury was first mentioned in 1320. The pub had associations with the church (situated behind the pub) and was once a brothel. The pub's tiny bar (it's not much bigger than what you see in the photo) has some unique features including the pewter bar top on the right, which is believed to be the last complete bar top of its kind in England and the original gravity-fed spirit taps (also on the right). The way the beer is dispensed is pretty unique too. Also in the pub is a fireplace from 1588, England's only licensed landing and the mummified hand of a cheating card player.

The hog from the Ringwood Brewery logo. The logo was on the side of a van in the brewery. Watch out for more shots from the brewery in the future.

The hog from the Ringwood Brewery logo. The logo was on the side of a van in the brewery. Watch out for more shots from the brewery in the future.

The Pear Tree Inn in Banbury. Look at those lovely hops that decorate the bar. This is a Hook Norton pub and is within walking distance of the brewery. Did I mention Hook Norton has turned into my favorite brewery? (I blame the Peels)

The Pear Tree Inn in Banbury. Look at those lovely hops that decorate the bar. This is a Hook Norton pub and is within walking distance of the brewery. Did I mention Hook Norton has turned into my favorite brewery? I blame the Peels ;)

The Rake in London's Borough Market has one of the best selections of beer in the Capital. But despite it's huge selection, the pub is one of the smallest in London.

The Rake in London's Borough Market has one of the best selections of beer in the Capital. But despite it's huge selection, the pub is one of the smallest in London.

The Blue Anchor Inn in East Aberthaw, South Wales, dates from 1380 and apart from a serious fire in 2004 which resulted in its closure, it has pretty much operated continuously since the reign of Richard II.

The Blue Anchor Inn in East Aberthaw, South Wales, dates from 1380 and apart from a serious fire in 2004 (BBC video) which resulted in its closure, it has pretty much operated continuously since the reign of Richard II. The damage to the right side of the roof is from another fire that occured in 2008.