One of Pete and my passions is good beer.  Here is a selection of our favourite ales.  We start with a review of Mighty Oak Brewery who just happen to brew two of our all time favourite beers, Oscar Wilde mild and Maldon Gold (and they deliver to our house too!).  We are complete opposites in our tastes of beer, Pete is a dark beer lover while I prefer golden bitter ales.

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Mighty Oak Brewery, Unit 14b, West Station Yard, Spital Road, Maldon, Essex. CM9 6TW  Telephone:  No:  01621 843713   Fax:  01621 840914  Email:

The Might Oak started brewing in 1996 at Brentwood, Essex slowly expanding and moving to larger premises at their current address in 2001.  Six beers are always available with a monthly special.  Seven specials were brewed for the Christmas period unfortunatly we only got to sample two!

March Monthly Special Barber Shop 3.8% A.B.V.

Faberg'ale 3.9% A.B.V.

Browned Off Budget Bitter 4.0% A.B.V.

 Oscar Wilde  3.7%  A.B.V.

A wonderfully mellow, nutty, morish dark mild.  Brewed using maris Otter Pale, Crystal and Black malts and gently hopped with Challenger.

Champion Mild of Britian 2006,  Champion Beer of East Anglia 2005

Pete's rating 5 out of 5


 Maldon Gold  3.8%  A.B.V.

Brewed using only Maris Otter pale malt for a light golden ale with buscuity malt flavours.  Mount Hood and First Gold hops give a distinctive citrus character along with a longdry bitter finish.

Champion Golden Ale of Britian 2007

Currently Ann's favourite beer so 5 out of 5


 Santa's Supper  4.5%   A.B.V.

A warming dark porter.  Very popular on New Years Eve!

Pete's rating 4 out of 5


 Yellow Snow  3.8%  A.B.V.

("Watch out where the huskies go And don't eat that Yellow Snow!" Frank Zappa)

A golden yellow ale with subtle malt flavours and a hoppy after palate and long, grassy finish.

Ann's rating 4.5 out of 5

 Eye of the Tiger  3.7%  A.B.V.

A copper coloured ale brewed for Chinese New Year.

Pete's rating 4 out of 5



We had to share the latest beer from Mighty Oak.Made us smile!  Just love the tasting notes!


An old style somewhat drab brown bitter with hidden depths of flavour and a long bitter finish!!

Pete's rating 3.5 out of 5

Ann's rating 3.5 out of 5



An absolutely fabulous rich golden ale brewed for Easter!

Pete's rating 4.5 out of 5

Ann's rating 5 out of 5



A rich golden ale that any dragon would want in its hoard!

Pete's rating 3.5 out of 5

Ann's rating 4 out of 5


Woodforde's Limited., Broadland Brewery, Woodbastwick, Norwich, Norfolk. NR13 6SW                           Telephone No:  01603 720353  Shop:  01603 722218  Fax:  01603 721806                                     Email:      Website:

Parson James Woodforde, a local 18th century clergyman noted for his diaries featuring food and ale, gave name to the brewery which started brewing in 1981 at Drayton, Nr. Norwich.  Three moves later, expanding on each, sees them at their present address with the brewery tap, Fur and Feathers Inn, next door.  Seven beers are available throughout the year plus specials.


 Wherry  3.8% A.B.V.

Fresh and zesty with crisp floral flavours.  A back ground of sweet malt and a hoppy 'grapefruit' bitter finish.

Supreme Champion Beer of Britian (Bronze) 2005 - Supreme Champion of Britian (Gold) 1996

Ann's rating 4 out of 5

Pete's rating 4 out of 5



 Goacher's Maidstone Ales., Unit 8, Tovil Green Business Park, Maidstone, Kent.  ME15 6TA         Telephone No:  01622 682112   Website:    

Phil and Debbie Goacher opened their Maidstone Brewery in 1983.  All their ales are traditional brewed using Kentish hops with no added sugar or colourants.  Seven beers are available throughout the year.

Fine Light Ale 3.7% A.B.V.

A pale amber light beer with a rewarding floral hop character from WGV and East Kent Goldongs hops.  The ale being the breweries most popular brew.

Ann's rating 4.5 out of 5

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