So tonight wasn’t really about the food. Tonight was about the best pint of beer I’ve ever drunk. Tonight was about The Gunmaker’s Pub in Farringdon and its charming and interesting landlord. And also about Ascot Ale’s Anastasia’s Imperial Stout, which clocked in at an impressive 8% ABV. My word, but this was good stuff.
I’m not a major stout or porter drinker, i’m more of a real ale and good wine kind of guy. But this, this was fantastic – all chewy chocolate and coffee notes, with a lot of depth (think beef stew rather than any other drink) and none of the watery, light, bitter notes of your Guinness or other wimpy dark beer. This is the proper stuff, not to be taken lightly, and drunk with due care and attention to the taste. And that taste – it lasted, it had legs, it was pretty damn good beer in other words. And it has convinced me to go back to The Gunmaker’s and try more beer and their food. if they put the half the attention into their food that they put into their beers, then it’ll be pretty damn good grub.
I would particularly like to try the stout with their lamb shank or steak sandwich – both of which looked like good, unfussy, well cooked pub food. Next time maybe definitely.
If you go, be sure to have a chat with the landlord – he is full of interesting facts about the beer and is generally an interesting bloke with interesting drinks. Not many pubs stock Jenever – a dutch gin that when mixed with beer produces a cocktail known in the Netherladnds as kopstoot, or ‘headbut’…