The Tap House, Smisby

If there’s a chance of a visit to a pub that is attached to a brewery, you should always take it. Beer that has only travelled about 50 yards across a car park is a rare thing to find, and should always be sampled if possible 🙂

Tonight, such an opportunity presented itself, with a trip to The Tap House in Smisby. Not too far away, but somewhere that I’ve never visited until now.

The Tap House use lots of local ingredients on their menu (meat from nearby Owen Taylor’s butchers, eggs from Riverdale Farm). They also have plenty of options, from a traditional carvery (available 10-4 on Sundays and 12-2:30pm and 6-9pm Monday to Saturday) to a full main menu (3-9pm Monday to Saturday)

Several people in the group had the carvery tonight and were impressed by the quality and the portion size. I’m more traditional, and save roasts for weekends, so opted for the Tap House burger (being a big burger fan).


The burger was clearly hand made, delicate and juicy. There was cheese, leaves and a gherkin inside that brioche bun, alongside excellent chips and onion rings. One of the best burgers I’ve had in a while.

The sausages and mash were also very tasty:-


with proper onion gravy. And all of this was washed down with a very local pint of Ashby Pride:-


a golden ale with a touch of hoppiness (although it looks darker than most golden ales). A great night of food and drink, and a couple of pints to take away too:-