Real Ales & Wines

Real Ales
Since real ale, unlike keg beer, is a live substance, still developing in the cask, it needs to be kept so that it develops properly. This demands skill on the part of the cellarman. You can load keg beer straight off the lorry, connect it up, and drink it.

But real ale is temperamental. If it is badly treated it will not taste good. Many a drinker has been put off real ale drinking after a visit to a pub which doesn't understand real ale. But when it is good, it can be very, very good. The most pretentious vocabulary of the most poetic wine-tasters fails when confronted with good real beer.

Otter AleOtter Ale - 4.5% ABV
The Otter Brewery was born in 1990 and is just outside the small village of Luppitt near Honiton and has become a runaway success, fast becoming Devon’s favourite ale. Their Otter Ale is their premium beer with its deep mahogany colour and fruit and malt taste it is an ale drinkers delight.

Doom Bar - 4% ABVDoom Bar
Award Winning Amber Ale with an enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes. The mouth feel is a balanced, complex blend of succulent dried fruit, lightly roasted malt and a subtle yet assertive bitterness. The finish is dry and refreshing.

Jail Ale - 4.8% ABV

Brewed at England's highest brewery, the Dartmoor Brewery at Princetown, Jail Ale is a full-bodied, deep golden brown beer, with a well-rounded flavour and a rich, moreish aftertaste.

Guest Ales
We occasionally rest one of our regular ales in order to bring in new beers for our customers to experience.
We also stock seasonal ales from some of our regular suppliers.

Wines
There are five basic tastes: bitter, salty, sweet, sour and umami. The last one may need some explanation: umami refers to the sense of deliciousness or savouriness we experience when we taste the amino acid glutamate, which is a component of proteins. Apparently, some wines have this umami flavour. It’s a recent addition to the tastebud repertoire in that until a few years ago we didn't know about it.

Now these five basic tastes, in terms of information about what is in our mouths, are rather basic. Think of them as the lines in a child’s colouring book. The colour is added by the smell receptors in the nose, which are activated when volatile components of what’s in our mouth travel through to the nasal cavity from the back of our mouths.

Wine

White WineSauvignon Blanc
Cintila, Portugal (2) 12%
Intense, fruity aroma. Soft on the palate, with good structure and a lingering persistence and pleasant finish.
175ml Glass £4.15 250ml Glass £5.75 Bottle £16.95
Tierra Antica Sauvignon Blanc, Chile (2) 12.5%
A clean and fruity wine with a fresh lemon and herbaceous character, refreshing and easy drinking.
175ml Glass £4.45 250ml Glass £6.25 Bottle £17.95
Novità Pinot Grigio, Italy (2) 12%
Fresh, crisp and clean Pinot Grigio with vibrant citrus flavours.
175ml Glass £4.75 250ml Glass £6.45 Bottle £18.45

Waipapa Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (2) 13.0%
Aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and passion fruit, beautifully balanced with crisp aromatic flavours and hints of citrus.
175ml Glass £4.95 250ml Glass £6.75 Bottle £18.75
All wines by the glass are also available in 125ml measures


Rivallana, Bodegas Ondarre, Rioja Spain (2) 11%
A balanced, fresh white Rioja made from the Viura grape with notes of ripe fruit and flowers. Bottle £19.25
Boundary Line, Chardonnay, Australia (2) 13.5%
Aromas of white peaches citrus and melon presage a soft cleansing palate. Flavours of lemon butter complement the fruit and there are gentle oak hints to add complexity. Bottle £19.75
Faultline Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (2) 12.5%
Typical Marlborough notes of peapods, gooseberry and asparagus with a fresh and herbaceous flavour. Bottle £21.95
Domaine Ellevin, Petit Chablis, Burgundy, France (1) 12%
An elegant and crisp Petit Chablis with vibrant citrus fruits, enveloped in mineral complexity. The fresh and fruity characters are supported by a rounded and textured palate. Bottle £28.95
 

Pinot Grigio BlushSunset Point Zinfandel Blush, Italy (4) 11%
Classic red berry and pink grapefruit aromas augmented by hints of black pepper and wild herbs. In the mouth its delicate berry flavours have a refreshing citric edge and light peppery spice.
175ml Glass £4.65 250ml Glass £6.35 Bottle £18.45

Novità Pinot Grigio Blush (2) 12%
Pretty pink colour, the wine is off-dry and fruity with aromas of ripe cherries and strawberries.
175ml Glass £4.75 250ml Glass £6.45 Bottle £18.95

 

Red Wine
Novità Sangiovese Rubicone (A) 11.5%
Ripe Sangiovese grapes deliver great flavours in the glass. Smooth with juicy redcurrant and raspberry fruit and a long, fresh finish.
175ml Glass £4.15 250ml Glass £5.75 Bottle £16.95
Tierra Antica Merlot, Chile (B) 13%
An intense cherry red colour with bright purple hints. Red and black fruit aromas of cherries and blackberries are interwoven with a subtle, spicy bay leaf character. On the palate soft, sweet tannins, balancing acidity and a good structure.
175ml Glass £4.45 250ml Glass £6.25 Bottle £17.95

Sierra Los Andes Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina (c) 13.5%Australian Shiraz
Deep, violet red in colour with intense, sweet, spicy aromas combined with rich red fruits and floral hints of violet. On the palate it is soft, velvety, fresh and well balanced.
175ml Glass £4.75 250ml Glass £6.75 Bottle £18.95

Boundary Line Shiraz, Australia (B) 13.5%
Aromas of gentle spice and white pepper, medium bodied with fresh berry fruit flavours. Bottle £18.95
Viña Echeverria, Reserva, Curico Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile (B) 13.5%
A round and vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon with plum and strawberry flavours combined with hints of red pepper and spice. The palate is smooth and well balanced, with a fruity and long lasting finish. Bottle £19.45
Hugonell Rioja Crianza, Spain (C) 14%
A classically-made Rioja, showing wonderful integration of rich and plummy fruit with cedar and spice oak flavours. A warm and heady palate leads to a mature and rich finish. Botlle £21.75
Domaine André Brunel , Côtes du Rhône, France (C) 13.5%
Spicy with very juicy, ripe fruit with good structure, ripe tannins and lovely balance. Delicious and approachable Rhône style. Bottle £24.95

ChampagneProsecco & Champagne

Vino Spumante, NE Italy (1) 10.5%
A delicious, dry Prosecco with delicate white stone fruit and lemon flavours and fine bubbles.
200ml Bottle £6.95  Bottle £20.95

Bernard Remy Brut Carte Blanche, Champagne France (2) 12%
Lively and intense with a delicate and persistent mousse, refreshing notes of lime and lemon combine with floral nuances, honey and a touch of mint on the palate. This champagne blossoms with complexity and finesse. Bottle £42.950