My local, in Ilkeston, is a nice place. Maybe you've heard me talk about it before? It's the Burnt Pig Ale 'Ouse, and has really gone from strength to strength since I went to the opening night. From having a buffet on for free over Christmas to opening a new room at the back to accommodate the punters and having a good selection of constantly shifting interesting ales this place is very much a place that I have enjoyed coming back to again and again. And I'm not even being paid for writing all this puff, it just is that nice a place. I can't claim to know any of the staff well enough to be recognised, I don't go often enough, but there is definitely a community feel to the place and so it was when I found myself with time of an evening that Willow suggested I go there for a swift half.
I don't need telling twice, despite what my wordiness might suggest!
So, care to walk with me to the local ale 'ouse and sample some of their wares? You would? Excellent, then let's adjourn there now, shall we?
All of which was enhanced by the publican handing round the excess of an order to the chippy two doors down (which is also worth a visit) because... well, I don't know but I wasn't complaining! Not for nowt is this my favourite pub!
The winner of the night, then, was clearly the Redfire with the Affinity coming a surprisingly close second and the pair of them leaving the others for dust. That's not to say either of the others were bad, but is a testament to the quality of these brews, neither of which I would have chosen under normal conditions. Well, okay, maybe I would have chosen the Redfire. But definitely two to watch for!