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17-05-2011, 10:03
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Like the Bree Louise (http://boakandbailey.com/2009/11/03/the-bree-louise-at-last/), some love the Wenlock, while others really seem to hate it.

Having been a couple of times now, we’re of the view that it’s not as bad (smelly, grotty etc.) as its detractors say, and, in fact, has a lot of charm. The overwhelming feeling was as if we’d gone back in time. It’s like finding yourself back in the eighties, which has a certain appeal for us nostalgic types.

It is also one of those rare places that manages to attract a very broad range of people, from Shoreditch trendies, via tickers, to cockneys swapping racing tips.

The beer was in excellent nick. Wentworth Vanilla Stout was creamy — not like John Smith’s extra smooth, it just had lots of body and coated the mouth very pleasantly.

We were amazed by Harvey’s Ration Ale. A mere 2.7% but really flavoursome — more so than many beers we’ve had at more than 4%.

Welton’s Le Coq, more-or-less as promised, tasted like something strong and continental, although actually came in at a user-friendly 5.1%.

What is with the constant drive time radio, though? Isn’t that one of those peripheral CAMRA bugbears?

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