The Poppy & Pint, West Bridgford, November 2016

A night out tonight. We were off to a little film festival being held above this pub, so it was the perfect location for a spot of dinner beforehand.

Nestled between the Lady Bay tennis club and bowling green the Poppy, a former British Legion venue, has become a firm favourite amongst the Lady Bay community and visitors alike, and it has very much a community centre feel to it.

The Poppy and Pint comprises three distinct areas: the Poppy café bar, the traditional bar and the dining room. There’s also a function room, which is where we’re off to later. It is also home to a wide array of regular events and weekly activities such as zumba, yoga, dance and exercise classes – more of that community centre feel.

At this time of year, a few seasonal beers pop up in our pubs, mostly pumpkin flavoured. We’ve never really gone as crazy for them as our friends across the pond do, but quite a few UK breweries do turn their hand to a pumpkin beer in some form. This is a local effort, Most Haunted by Castle Rock brewery, in Nottingham. It only had a 2 mile journey to get here – travelling fewer miles than we did tonight!

It was a tasty light porter, a mix of light and dark, with warming spices like a pumpkin pie. Probably the best example of a pumpkin beer I’ve had yet, although they are not a style that I actively go and seek out.

Food next, lots of things to choose from, either the “standard” menu on the table, or lots of choice from the specials board on the wall. Mrs MOFAD and I both turned to the wall for our choices. For me it was this chicken in peppery cream sauce, with good pub chips and a decent salad on the side. It was really tasty, a great pub dish.

Mrs MOFAD went for this sweet potato curry with chickpeas, rice, mini naan, mango chutney and raita – a great pub curry.

A lovely pub with good food and a great selection of beer, both local and from further afield. It really is the heart of this community and well worth a visit if you can navigate your way through the streets full of parked cars.

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International Stout Day 2016

It’s International Stout Day again? Ok, who knew that was a thing? I saw an Untappd badge check in this morning, that’s how I knew.

Let’s consult our friend Wikipedia:-

Stout is a dark beer made using roasted malt or roasted barley, hops, water and yeast. Stouts were traditionally the generic term for the strongest or stoutest porters, typically 7% or 8%, produced by a brewery.

A reasonable description. I do enjoy a good stout (and porter), so you don’t have to save it for a specific day. Here are some that I’ve had since the last International Stout Day.

Some very tasty ones in there, like Kernel Brewery’s Export Stout London 1890, Siren’s Extra Shot Broken Dream (a breakfast stout with more coffee) and Vibrant Forest’s Salted Liquorice stout (does exactly what it says on the tin).

You might also spot an interesting Mexican stout (there are two words you don’t see together often) Day of the Dead Chocolatl Stout (The Necromancer).

In summary, stout is for every day, not just International Stout day!