Monday 22 March 2010

The William Cobbett, Farnham

On Saturday it was time for a long overdue trip to Farnham.   
Farnham is a bit of a beer oasis, one of those towns that seems to have more than its fair share of pubs. 

Hops from Farnham used to be highly esteemed though it's probably better known for it's maltings now, an arts centre which hosts an excellent beer festival every April. 

The William Cobbett was my main target, a pub named after a local  radical and author of Rural Rides. He was a champion of the poor, a scourge of tea and a defended of beer. The pub has a lot of character with an impressive amount of clutter, a large juke box and more importantly several different areas to sit in so we could get away from the sport on the telly. 

There were five beers on but I only had eyes for the two from Dark Star. I started on the excellent Hop Head, which certainly had the hops but at only 3.8% ABV was perhaps a little thin. So I went on to Original, a strong dark beer which had more than enough body to it, and I stayed with that for some time. Dark Star are an excellent brewery and it's always a pleasure to find their beers.  

Next time I'll be back in Farnham will probably be for the beer festival but a proper research trip round the pubs is long overdue. 

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