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Spooner's Bar (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Salopian - OracleExcellent2
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The MooseExcellent1
Purple Moose - YsgawenGood1
Marston's - Burton BitterGood2
Salcombe (formerly Quercus Devon) - SeahorseGood1
Heavy Industry - Electric MountainGood2
Big Hand - PalewulfGood1
St Austell - TributeGood2
Salopian - Shropshire GoldGood1
Cwrw Cader - Cwrw GochGood1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPAGood7
Banks's - MildGood1
Ascot - Bronco BusterAcceptable1
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)Acceptable1
Deeply Vale - RipperAcceptable1
Adnams - Southwold BitterAcceptable1
Cwrw Cader - Cader AurAcceptable2
Republic of Liverpool (cuckoo at Stamps) - 51st StateAcceptable1
Bragdy Lleu - LleuAcceptable1
3D (a brand of Epic Beers) - Hop GunAcceptable1
Ringwood - Shipyard Brewing Co Independence Pale AleAcceptable2
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)Acceptable4
Quantock - Rale HeadAcceptable1
Black Country - BFG Bradley's Finest GoldenAcceptable1
Rudgate - Brew No. 8 Cherry PalePoor1
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Beachcomber BlondePoor1
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn GoldPoor1
Cwrw lâl (also see Community Brewing) - The VolunteerPoor1
Wye Valley - DeucePoor1
Shepherd Neame - SpitfireNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Gold BladeNot Tried0
Marston's - EPANot Tried0
Big Bog - WPANot Tried0
Marston's - Single Hop: CascadeNot Tried0
Purple Moose - RevelationNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Wye Valley - Butty BachNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's BitterNot Tried0
Thwaites - Original BitterNot Tried0
Olde Swan - Dark Mild (aka Pardoe's Dark Swan)Not Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Red ShieldNot Tried0
Marston's - Spooner's AleNot Tried0
Theakston - Double Cross IPANot Tried0
Banks's - BitterNot Tried0
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - AutumnNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Best BitterNot Tried0
Big Bog - SwampyNot Tried0
Big Bog - Bog StandardNot Tried0
Marston's - Revisionist Juniper Pale AleNot Tried0
Banks's - Mansfield Cask AleNot Tried0
Empire - Golden WarriorNot Tried0
Ringwood - BoondoggleNot Tried0
Banks's - SunbeamNot Tried0
Coors - Hancock's - HBNot Tried0
Marston's - 61 DeepNot Tried0
Three Tuns - XXXNot Tried0
Three Tuns - SolsticeNot Tried0
Banks's - MildNot Tried0
Three Tuns - BestNot Tried0
Ringwood - Razorback (renamed from Best Bitter late 2015)Not Tried0
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - BitterNot Tried0
Wood's - Shropshire LadNot Tried0
Bragdy Lleu - BendigeidfranNot Tried0
Picture 1. Spooner's Bar, Porthmadog, Gwynedd

Visits Details

26 Jun 2018 (Ray)
Composite listing from 22nd to 26th June. Very busy for the Hunslet 125 Event.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Big Hand - Palewulf4.20GoodWell crafted pale ale.
3D (a brand of Epic Beers) - Hop Gun4.80AcceptableWith a provenance that links directly to Pitchfork and hence to RCH don't expect a cutting edge beer. This is bandwagon stuff depending on clever marketing rather than skillfully blending ingedients.
Ascot - Bronco Buster4.80AcceptableDue to a low hop rate Ascot's take on an American Pale Ale doesn't quite come off.
Wye Valley - Deuce3.80PoorUntroubled by malt or hops this very pale 'beer' was devoid of any character.
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Bitter3.40Not Tried
Wood's - Shropshire Lad4.50Not Tried
Banks's - Mild3.50Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Cwrw Cader - Cader Aur3.80Not Tried
Bragdy Lleu - Bendigeidfran5.00Not TriedUnlikely to try a beer I couldn't pronounce.
16 Apr 2018 (Ray)
Composite listing of beers seen between 16th and 23rd April. Shame the list is so conservative.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salcombe (formerly Quercus Devon) - Seahorse4.40GoodEasy drinking smooth amber ale.
St Austell - Tribute4.20AcceptableCompetent old school bitter.
Quantock - Rale Head3.90AcceptableDescribed as lavishly hopped. Bit of poetic license here.
Deeply Vale - Ripper4.00AcceptableGolden ale with muted hopping.
Republic of Liverpool (cuckoo at Stamps) - 51st State4.60AcceptableMaybe 2*. Much ado about nothing.
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn Gold3.60PoorMalty but dry. Difficult trick to pull off
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Three Tuns - XXX4.30Not Tried
Three Tuns - Solstice3.90Not Tried
Banks's - Mild3.50Not Tried
Three Tuns - Best3.80Not Tried
Ringwood - Razorback (renamed from Best Bitter late 2015)3.80Not Tried
13 May 2017 (Ray)
Having taken the Devil's Shilling from Marston's the beer range continues to disappoint. Even the 'guests' give the impreesion that they're what's been offered rather than chosen because they're any good. This is a composite listing from 13-19 May.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cwrw Cader - Cwrw Goch4.50GoodCompetent best bitter.
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60AcceptableAs ever.
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Beachcomber Blonde4.20PoorHoneyed and cloying.
Banks's - Mansfield Cask Ale3.90Not Tried
Empire - Golden Warrior3.80Not Tried
Banks's - Mild3.50Not TriedStayed 'on' rather a long time.
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Marston's - EPA3.60Not Tried
Ringwood - Boondoggle4.20Not Tried
Banks's - Sunbeam4.20Not Tried
Coors - Hancock's - HB3.60Not Tried
Cwrw Cader - Cader Aur3.80Not Tried
Marston's - 61 Deep3.80Not Tried
08 Oct 2015 (Ray)
Composite report from 8th October. First impressions are that the beer range is no more exciting and that the service has plunged downhill. Bar staff greeting is a standardised 'Who's next?'.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Banks's - Mild3.50Good
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80GoodFresh cask, limited hopping.
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60AcceptableContinues to disappoint. I
Heavy Industry - Electric Mountain3.80AcceptableAnother twiggy brownish beer.
Cwrw Cader - Cader Aur3.80AcceptableCompetent golden ale.
Rudgate - Brew No. 8 Cherry Pale3.80PoorIn the race to be different misjudged.
19 Jun 2015 (Ray)
Composite record from 12th to 19th June. Beer range continues to disappoint with Salopian entirely missing during the week.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80GoodIs my taste astray for an old favourite? Seemed to be hop deficient.
Heavy Industry - Electric Mountain3.80GoodGood take on a standard bitter.
Ringwood - Shipyard Brewing Co Independence Pale Ale4.10GoodNicely hoppy keg beer. Price held at £3.60 which seems almost a bargain compared to some of the drab cask offerings.
Cwrw Cader - Cader Aur3.80AcceptableBit grainy, bit malty. Not too good. 2.1/2* really.
Bragdy Lleu - Lleu4.00AcceptableNew brewery based in Penygroes, Gwynedd. Competent bitter.
Cwrw lâl (also see Community Brewing) - The Volunteer3.70PoorThin. Brewed with lager hops. There is a bit of confusion about this brewery. It's full name is Cwrw Iâl Community Brewing Co. and it's associated with the Raven Inn (another community project) in Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Denbighshire. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/p82osqd .
Banks's - Mild3.50Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not TriedComplete with pump clip in Welsh.
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Beachcomber Blonde4.20Not Tried
Big Bog - Swampy4.70Not Tried
Big Bog - Bog Standard3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Revisionist Juniper Pale Ale4.40Not TriedProvenance disguised.
10 Oct 2013 (Ray)
Composite record from 10th to 13th October. Prices seemed to have moved quite sharply (up) since last visit. Disappointing to see so many Marston's beers which seem to sell so slowly compared to say Salopian or Sadlers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60ExcellentSurprised myself. An excellent strong and fruity mild. Went well with hot chestnuts.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80ExcellentAnother day in the cask and the Citra hops shone through.
Marston's - Burton Bitter3.80Good
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80GoodDark gold, fruity hoppy.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80GoodServed appley and green.
Purple Moose - Ysgawen4.00GoodYoung pretender to early Trade Winds.
Ringwood - Shipyard Brewing Co Independence Pale Ale4.10PoorActually OK but marked down for being £3.60 a pint on keg. Tried this in cask at around £2.40. Someone (Mr. Marston??) is exploiting the craft keg bandwagon.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Banks's - Bitter3.80Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Spooner's Ale3.90Not Tried
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn Gold3.60Not Tried
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Autumn4.50Not Tried
06 May 2013 (Ray)
Great bar on the Ffestiniog Railway platform in Porthmadog. Strong local following topped by enthusiastic visitors. This log notes beers seen between 3rd and 6th May.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80ExcellentTop quality modern pale ale.
Marston's - Burton Bitter3.80GoodTrue to type. Bitter, slightly sulphurous, moreish.
St Austell - Tribute4.20GoodWorkmanlike bitter.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80GoodNot quite ready but still sold out in a session.
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60AcceptableI've a feeling that the yeast changed a couple of years ago and don't get on so well with beers now though others disagree. This I found to be thin and slightly astringent - not much from the hops.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80Not Tried
Wye Valley - Butty Bach4.50Not Tried
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00Not Tried
Banks's - Mild3.50Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Red Shield4.20Not Tried
Marston's - Spooner's Ale3.90Not Tried
Theakston - Double Cross IPA4.20Not Tried
25 Jun 2012 (Stu)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60AcceptableGolden in colour, light citrus fruit,light bitterness, thin body not a lot going on.
Thwaites - Original Bitter3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Burton Bitter3.80Not Tried
Olde Swan - Dark Mild (aka Pardoe's Dark Swan)4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80Not Tried
26 May 2012 (Ray)
Week 21-27 May.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salopian - Oracle4.00ExcellentGood depth of fruit and solid sweet malt.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80AcceptableBit young - could do with a few more days conditioning but will have sold out by then!
Marston's - Burton Bitter3.80Not Tried
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Wye Valley - Butty Bach4.50Not Tried
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00Not Tried
Banks's - Mild3.50Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's Bitter3.70Not Tried
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn Gold3.60Not Tried
19 May 2012 (Ray)
Week 14-20 May.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salopian - Oracle4.00Good
Black Country - BFG Bradley's Finest Golden4.20AcceptableAnother innocuous golden ale. A little sweet, limited hopping. Every brewer seems to need one in his portfolio.
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00AcceptableThin but improving as the cask emptied.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70AcceptableTo be honest I was expecting more from this traditional mid-brown bitter.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Gold Blade4.00Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Marston's - EPA3.60Not Tried
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80Not Tried
Big Bog - WPA4.20Not Tried
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn Gold3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Single Hop: Cascade4.00Not TriedOnly selling slowly.
Purple Moose - Revelation3.80Not Tried

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About the Spooner's Bar

The pub sign. Spooner's Bar, Porthmadog, Gwynedd

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent24
Good50
Acceptable53
Poor14

Website.

The pub is found in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF.

Bar and cafe attached to the Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway station, this is the ideal place to watch steam trains whilst enjoying a pint or two. Always 6 ales including a dark beer with local and more distant micros featuring strongly. Regular outlet for Purple Moose. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and a 5% CAMRA discount make this a must visit pub.

We have visited this pub 38 times, seen 121 different beers and tried 66 of them.

Map location

Postcode: LL49 9NF