Hassrale Trips: Colchester Beer Festival

Date: Saturday 1st April 1989

(Dont be a fool come along and join us)

The Colchester Beer Festival takes place on 31 March, 1989 and 1st April, 1989 at the Colchester Institute of Higher Education, Sheepen Road. Times: it will be open will be from 11am to 4pm on each day and HASSRALE will be attending on the Saturday. (See "A" on the map).

When the Festival closes there will be an opportunity to look round the City for those of a tourist bent? For those who cannot cope with that there will be hostelries in the area open all afternoon and all I can do is quote three that I know.

1. LITTLE CROWN - Short Wyre Street
Beers:- Tolly Cobbold Bitter and Original

Comments:- A small and probably busy pub in a pedestrian only street. Surrounded by small interesting shops. Should do food all day.

2. CUPS - 2 Trinity Street
Beers:- Greene King Abbot and IPA

Comments:- A large very busy City Centre pub seemingly open all afternoon. Beer was excellent. May be some snacks.

3. BREWERS ARMS - Osborne Street
Beer:- Watneys range of some sort

Comments:- A somewhat noisy pub much frequented by Army types. Not highly recommended but seems to open all day. No food.

I am sure there are many others open so this list just gives you an idea. The ones in the High Street were closed the l'st time I went to Colchester but try. We should now try the evening trip and although I cannot be sure of opening times the first pub at 6pm should be :-

4. ODD ONE OUT - 28 Mecia Road
Beers:- I have no ideathey seem to change daily. What you will find is a wide selection some of which are very rare for the area.

Comments:- A must for a visit although it is a bit of a walk. Probably the only genuine free house in the city and with a welcoming CAMRA orientated landlord. Beer is always well kept. Log Fires. In the 1989 GBG.

5. CASTLE - 92 High Street
Beers Adnams Bitter plus others.

Comments:- In the shadow of the Norman Castle hence the name. Large pub with outside drinking area. May not open until late in evening but should be when we get there. Near to market and Tourist Information office.

6. RED LION HOTEL - 42/44 High Street
Beers Greene King Abbot and IPA.

Comments:- Old 15th Century Inn now a Beefeater. Does food Lunctime and Evening. Large and comfortable.

7. NORFOLK - North Station Road
Beers:- Greene King Abbot, IPA and XX mild.

Comments:- There are plenty of pubs betwee the last and this but we have to bear in mind the time and this is near the station. A welcome addition of Mild. In 1989 GBG and worth missing a train for.

This finishes the tour but I must emphasise that there are lot of other pubs that I do not know that may be much better. The range of beer is not really that good though. You takes your chance. A change from the normal procedure is to mention the Indian Curry houses. There were 6 at the last count and I do not know any of them. However the Curry Club does recommend one which is easy to get too.

(i) INDUS-CURRY - 70a High Street

Comments:- First to open in Colchester and has a good reputation. Owner has written a cookbook.

TRANSPORT - Trains leave London at 30 minutes past the hour and take 50 minutes. There are also slow trains stopping at Chelmsford for those coming from Essex.

Map of Colchester

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