Pub of the month, November 2016 – The Poppy and Pint, West Bridgford

A quieter month this time, after all of the Suffolk hostelries in October. In fact it was so quiet, there’s only one pub in the running for pub of the month, because we only went to one pub. The Poppy and Pint in West Bridgford.

We were off to a little film festival being held above the 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.

Given that we visited just after Halloween, it was no suprise to find a pumpkin beer, 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.

Lots of menu options in the pub too, 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.

It may have won by default, but it’s a good pub which deserves its place in the POTM line up.

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Beer of the month, November 2016 – Universal Mind by Beavertown

There were lots of beers that nearly made the shortlist this month, such as  Mosaic Pale Ale by London Beer Lab, Bloody Notorious by Beavertown, Comfortably Numb by BAD Co, and BrewDog’s Jet Black Heart.

Here are the top five for this month. It’s been another month for home beers, nothing that I’ve had whilst out and about has made the list. And there’s no IPA in the list either. I’m as shocked as you.

We start with one that does exactly what it says on the tin (bottle). Old Engine Oil by Harviestoun Brewery. If it’s called that, you’d expect it to be thick, dark and delicious. And it is. Exactly that. Smooth and creamy with coffee, toffee and chocolate.

Something a lot lighter up next, in the form of Atlantic APA by Brixton Brewery from a Needle & Pin selection box. Hoppy and properly pale loveliness makes for a very good ale.

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Into cans next for a Pride & Joy by Vocation brewery. I’d only seen these in Booths until recently, but you can now find some of their cans in Tesco. Pride & Joy is a super hoppy APA much like the Atlantic APA above.

We go dark again, for Holy Cowbell India Stout by Beavertown brewery.  This one features heavy malts, lots of fruits and plenty of hops. There are hints of lavender in here too. It’s very drinkable indeed.

We stay with Beavertown for our winner, Universal Mind by Beavertown, their Rainbow Project 2016 collaboration with ParrotDog, a take on the old German style called Adambier.

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Oak. Smoke. Sweetness. Marsala. Creaminess. A strong sipper. Good complexity. My favourite Rainbow Project beer so far. It goes forward to beer of the year…