Alongside the brewery is the Fur and Feather Inn, the brewery tap. The beautiful thatched building was converted from a row of three cottages and provides excellent food alongside the full range of Woodforde's beers. I have not visited Norfolk for nearly four years but every time I go to the area I ensure that I visit the pub and the adjoining brewery visitor centre. Norfolk is a beautiful county and Norwich is a fantastic city for real ale. CAMRA's AGM is visiting Norwich next year and hopefully I will be there too.
This preamble leads me to the trip I made tonight. Last week, Shakespeare CAMRA recommended visiting the Horseshoe Inn, Shipston-on_stour, where Woodforde's Wherry was available at £2.60 a pint. I've rarely found Woodforde's available outside of East Anglia so how could I turn this down? I was just hoping that it would still be available as it was nearly a week since I was given the news. I was not disappointed. Wye Valley HPA and Sharp's Doom Bar Bitter were also available but for me there was only one option. Wherry comes in at only 3.8% ABV but it has a great flavour. Like the Headcracker, I find it quite complex with a great mix of flavours. The pub itself is near the centre of a very picturesque market town. The old building houses a central bar area. To the left there is an area set aside for dining and to the right was a further bar area with a large fireplace and a back room with a large TV screen. Very welcoming and very comfortable and well worth the short drive from Stratford-on-Avon. Well worth a visit.
When I returned to Stratford-on-Avon I was still thirsty so I visited my local Wetherspoons and I was delighted to see my favourite Sadlers Ales beer Red IPA (5.7% ABV) available. A perfect pint to follow on from the Woodforde's Wherry.