69 St Owens Street
Open all day
This pub was once home to the Wye Valley brewery before it outgrew it and is still the tap. So if you want to find lots of good Wye Valley beers on tap and in bottles, then come here to get them. It also serves a selection of real cider. The Barrels was the local CAMRA pub of the year in 2003, partly because it also caters for all ages with its four rooms.
One room has a TV and pool table, another just tables and a small section of bar - which is a 'J' shape. The lounge bar area has a narrow access from the main door past the bar and can get busy as you will only get 2-3 punters deep at the bar and you wont get in. However, this has never been a problem for me at busy times. Seating is at a number of round tables with chairs and stools - note the windows here.
Another area is down a step towards the beer garden, which is the old brewery yard. Tables and chairs with awnings abound and there is also a table football machine out here.
All beers were served well, as you would expect from the brewery tap. Snacks were from Tyrells and very tasty they were. Unfortunately no food is served here, but if you want cheap grub then the Wetherspoons is not far away.
Every August bank holiday there is a beer and music festival.
Also try: The Victory 88 St Owens Street.
Wye Valley Bitter
Wye Valley HPA
Wye Valley Butty Bach
Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
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From: £32-£55 pppn