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The Flying Circus (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Falstaff - Beast of BodminExcellent1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Northern LightExcellent1
Kelham Island - Fairytale of New YorkExcellent1
Seven Bro7hers - Session Craft BeerExcellent1
Leatherbritches - The BounderGood1
Pentrich - Columbus IPAGood1
Newark - Cheeky Rascals Collective V.7Good1
Falstaff - Phoenix (was 4.5%)Good1
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Flying CircusGood1
Leatherbritches - Raspberry BelterAcceptable1
Newark - Flying Circus Best Bitter (house beer)Acceptable1
Shepherd Neame - SpitfireNot Tried0
Newark - Norwegian BlueNot Tried0
Black Iris - Snake EyesNot Tried0
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Oz BombNot Tried0
Fallen - Just the TicketNot Tried0
Reunion - Incredible Pale AleNot Tried0
Pentrich - Blossoms at NightNot Tried0
Northallerton - Snow StormNot Tried0
Mithril - Flower PowerNot Tried0
Black Iris - Roots RadicalNot Tried0
Pentrich - Shadow PlayNot Tried0
Dark Star - HopheadNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SeaforthNot Tried0
Ghost - ReaperNot Tried0
Oldershaw - Heavenly BlondeNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - Ay UpNot Tried0
Brass Castle - SunshineNot Tried0
Brass Castle - Session Mini-IPA (was 3.5%)Not Tried0
Newark - Pure GoldNot Tried0
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Oakham - Scarlet MacawNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Flying Circus, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Picture 2. The Flying Circus, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Picture 3. The Flying Circus, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

25 Jun 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit after a journey on the new LNER.
Leatherbritches - Raspberry Belter4.00Acceptable
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40Not Tried
13 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Loud band playing but not one that made me want to dally. Another pub pushing keg fizz beers against real ales.
Leatherbritches - The Bounder3.80Good
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not TriedFresh on just as I left
Newark - Pure Gold4.50Not Tried
16 Mar 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Even with a roaring fire and a good group playing I still could not settle so the visit was brief.
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Flying Circus4.50GoodGood condition but bland on taste
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not TriedA Fuller's company beer
Brass Castle - Sunshine5.70Not Tried
Brass Castle - Session Mini-IPA (was 3.5%)3.60Not Tried
03 Jan 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Ones and twos in only. Pubs must hate the post-Christmas January stay-aways.
Kelham Island - Fairytale of New York4.20Excellent
Newark - Cheeky Rascals Collective V.74.80GoodPretty bland brown beer, said to be vegan. Why do I have to guess the true provenance and consult Untapped when the pumpclip should show true Newark Brewery provenance?
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Oldershaw - Heavenly Blonde3.80Not Tried
Dancing Duck - Ay Up3.90Not Tried
02 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Very few in.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Northern Light4.00ExcellentMuch sweeter than I expected
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Oldershaw - Heavenly Blonde3.80Not Tried
Newark - Flying Circus Best Bitter (house beer)3.80Not Tried
31 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. A trio was jamming on the stage.
Pentrich - Columbus IPA5.70GoodLots of initial intriguing tastes. Soon dissipated to a generally sour hop domination
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Seaforth5.90Not Tried
Newark - Norwegian Blue4.00Not Tried
Ghost - Reaper4.40Not Tried
04 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Band playing.
Falstaff - Beast of Bodmin4.20Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Newark - Norwegian Blue4.00Not Tried
Newark - Flying Circus Best Bitter (house beer)3.80Not TriedNew cask put on
Pentrich - Shadow Play4.70Not TriedRan out
18 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit.
Falstaff - Phoenix (was 4.5%)4.70GoodMalty rather than hoppy
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Newark - Flying Circus Best Bitter (house beer)3.80Not Tried
Black Iris - Roots Radical6.00Not TriedLiquorice milk stout
29 Jan 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Dogends of the town-wide annual Beermuda Triangle Beer Festival. Only 3 others in.
Seven Bro7hers - Session Craft Beer3.80ExcellentWell balanced citrus
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not TriedOn gravity on the bar counter in a well tilted cask
Arbor Ales - Oz Bomb4.70Not Tried
Fallen - Just the Ticket4.00Not Tried
Reunion - Incredible Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Pentrich - Blossoms at Night6.00Not Tried
Northallerton - Snow Storm3.80Not Tried
Mithril - Flower Power4.30Not Tried
12 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Pre-Christmas quiet, good band jamming. Blazing fire on a balmy night!
Newark - Flying Circus Best Bitter (house beer)3.80Acceptable
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Newark - Norwegian Blue4.00Not Tried
Black Iris - Snake Eyes3.80Not Tried

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About The Flying Circus

The pub sign. The Flying Circus, Newark, Nottinghamshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BE.

Formerly the Crown & Mitre in Castle Gate. Opened in its new incarnation on Monday 14th April 2014. Pub themes include Monty Python, early flight and circuses. The refurbishment has created quite a lot of space and the chance has been taken to add an internal balcony. There is an extensive outside paved area to the side of the pub. 6 handpumps on the bar counter for real ale and cider. Lined glasses in use here. Furnishings are an eclectic mix and decoration includes Monty Python's Flying Circus references and model planes hanging from the ceiling. Food offerings are in a pre-prepared charcuterie range. There is a large "gig" / function room on the 1st floor and a recently added "Barrel House" bar in the outside yard from which beers and ciders, served on gravity, may be ordered from the main bar too. Outside the pub advertises craft ales and currently has 5 craft keg fizz fonts.

We have visited this pub 36 times, seen 98 different beers and tried 37 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NG24 1BE