Olly’s Weekends Away—
On top of boasting a spectacular variety of drinks, the UK is also home to many unique locations in which to celebrate and enjoy these delightful brews – dive in!
Café Beermoth, Manchester
Whether it’s a magically poured local pint or a brew from their global treasure chest of beers, Café Beermoth has one of the best curated lists I’ve seen, and the nibbles are decent, too. My tip is to go mid-week, in the daytime, to avoid the crowds, or head there extra early to bag a table for an evening session. beermoth.co.uk/café
The Square & Compass, Dorset
Landlord Charlie Newman’s ciders may come in various levels of sweetness, but all of them deliver a dose of deliciousness in a setting which boasts stunning views and tasty bar snacks. Be warned though – sipping too much of this splendid cider call for a careful listen to George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ to bring you back down to earth! squareandcompasspub.co.uk
Kay’s Bar, Edinburgh
This little gem of a bar on Jamaica Street is my favourite place to sip whisky. Kay’s Bar has a great selection, plus their ‘Dram of the Day’ is sure to introduce you to a range of different styles. The team are extremely knowledgeable, and also happen to have some of the finest waxed moustaches in the business. kaysbar.co.uk
Camel Valley, Cornwall
English wine is wonderful, and this family-run vineyard (with owners Bob and Annie Lindo at the helm and their son Sam making the wine), is delightful. Camel Valley was the first English fizz to receive a royal warrant, and the vineyard has a lovely terrace that’s ideal for sipping bubbles and admiring the view. camelvalley.com
The Ram, Sussex
The Ram serves top-notch food, as well as a range of local beers such as Harvey’s excellent Best Bitter and Mark Tranter’s Burning Sky Brewery, which is based in Firle, the same picturesque village as The Ram. Weekends get busy, so weekday lunches are advised if you’re looking to have a quiet session. raminn.co.uk
This article first appeared in the Great British Food Magazine’s July/August 2018 issue.