Our visit to the New Inn at Cowley Bridge caught it a low ebb with only Rev James on tap and a messy post lunch environment.
We had higher hopes for the Pig and Pickle, a micropub in the former Heavitree Post Office.
The Beer Cellar, however, provided two of the best beers of the week, both new to me. The Crossed Anchors CSH (3.8%) was superb – it’s Sunday name is Cascade Smash Hopburst- very impressive from a brewery based in Exmouth.
PowderKeg Farams Fault (4.7%) was also very good – pale and highly drinkable. Another new beer to me from an Exeter brewery. Liverpool Organic Cascade was also on plus 8 ‘craught’ beers.
The bar was run by a friendly woman from Minnesota. Customers included this dog whose indignant owners had been sent packing from another pub because of “barking and being menacing”. Good job some customers don’t get judged by the same criteria, especially when demanding GBG pubs open at their published times.
Devon has a very large allocation of Guide pubs, dozens of breweries and high prices. It is not uncommon to find cask beers at over £4 a pint. Specialist keg beers were even dearer. It was £7.40 for 2/3 of a pint of Bad Co Satisfaction.
If you are willing to pay these prices, you expect high quality beer and the Beer Cellar certainly provides that.