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Great Central Railway Beer Festival 2010 (Non-CAMRA Beer Festival)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Funfair - TeacupsExceptional1
Rebellion - Double DipExcellent1
Peerless - Dark ArtsExcellent1
Peerless - Storr LagerExcellent1
Wicked Hathern - Derby PorterExcellent1
Plassey - Royal Welch FusilierExcellent1
Funfair - Tunnel of LoveExcellent1
Boggart - Dark MildExcellent1
Atomic - FissionExcellent1
Dow Bridge - Legion (previously 3.9%)Excellent1
Boggart - CascadeExcellent1
Nottingham - Extra Pale AleNot Tried0
Nottingham - Rock BitterNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Pale RiderNot Tried0
Acorn - Barnsley GoldNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleNot Tried0
Rebellion - Smuggler (superseded by 4.2% version)Not Tried0
Acorn - Old Moor PorterNot Tried0
Lincolnshire Craft (formerly Tom Wood's) - Shepherd's DelightNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Hemlock BitterNot Tried0
Vale - WychertNot Tried0
Nottingham - LegendNot Tried0
Wicked Hathern - Cock FighterNot Tried0
Dow Bridge - Bonum MildNot Tried0
Acorn - Barnsley BitterNot Tried0
Chiltern - Pale Ale (formerly Ale)Not Tried0
Boggart - SundialNot Tried0
Vale - Black Swan Dark MildNot Tried0
Vale - Hadda's Autumn AleNot Tried0
Lincolnshire Craft (formerly Tom Wood's) - Old TimberNot Tried0
Vale - GravitasNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Screech OwlNot Tried0
Boggart - Rum PorterNot Tried0
Atomic - BombNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Nottingham - DreadnoughtNot Tried0
Nottingham - Bishop's LegendNot Tried0
Dow Bridge - CenturionNot Tried0
Vale - GCR Special Honey BeerNot Tried0
Rebellion - MutinyNot Tried0
Plassey - Offa's Dyke AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Great Central Railway Beer Festival 2010, Loughborough, Leicestershire
Picture 2. Great Central Railway Beer Festival 2010, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Visits Details

25 Sep 2010 (Alenomore)
My second visit here, but first for the beer festival. Having done the Towns pubs first, I arrived here at 1330, and already a big crowd in. The theme here was to source ales brewed within ten miles of all the stations on the old GCR route, from Buckinghamshire, to the East Midlands, Sheffield and onto Manchester. Good weather and a great mix of Steam & many new Real Ale's made this a top class event. Recommended.
Funfair - Teacups4.00ExceptionalA new ale, and first sample here. The picture above, which Andrew has worked his wizardry on, tells it all! This was a stunningly good Ginger Ale in the truest sense.
Wicked Hathern - Derby Porter4.80ExcellentA new ale. And an excellant type.
Plassey - Royal Welch Fusilier4.50ExcellentA new ale.
Boggart - Dark Mild4.00ExcellentA top Mild ale.
Dow Bridge - Legion (previously 3.9%)4.10ExcellentA new ale.
Boggart - Cascade4.00ExcellentVery good, and my last of the day here.
Rebellion - Double Dip4.40ExcellentA new ale.
Peerless - Dark Arts4.10ExcellentA new ale.
Peerless - Storr Lager4.80ExcellentA new ale.
Funfair - Tunnel of Love5.00ExcellentA new ale.
Atomic - Fission3.90ExcellentA new ale.
Nottingham - Extra Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Nottingham - Rock Bitter3.80Not TriedNottingham Brewery were the main sponsors here.
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Acorn - Barnsley Gold4.30Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Rebellion - Smuggler (superseded by 4.2% version)4.10Not Tried
Acorn - Old Moor Porter4.40Not Tried
Lincolnshire Craft (formerly Tom Wood's) - Shepherd's Delight4.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Hemlock Bitter4.00Not Tried
Vale - Wychert3.90Not Tried
Nottingham - Legend4.00Not Tried
Wicked Hathern - Cock Fighter4.30Not Tried
Dow Bridge - Bonum Mild3.50Not Tried
Acorn - Barnsley Bitter3.80Not Tried
Chiltern - Pale Ale (formerly Ale)3.70Not Tried
Boggart - Sundial4.70Not Tried
Vale - Black Swan Dark Mild3.30Not Tried
Vale - Hadda's Autumn Ale4.50Not Tried
Lincolnshire Craft (formerly Tom Wood's) - Old Timber4.50Not Tried
Vale - Gravitas4.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Boggart - Rum Porter4.60Not Tried
Atomic - Bomb5.20Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not TriedA new ale.
Nottingham - Dreadnought4.50Not Tried
Nottingham - Bishop's Legend4.70Not TriedOnly available on hte trains.
Dow Bridge - Centurion4.00Not Tried
Vale - GCR Special Honey Beer4.30Not TriedA new ale. And only served on the trains.
Rebellion - Mutiny4.50Not Tried
Plassey - Offa's Dyke Ale4.20Not Tried

About the Great Central Railway Beer Festival 2010

The pub sign. Great Central Railway Beer Festival 2010, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1RW.

The home of the preserved Great Central Railway. This now annual event has a marquee on the main platform with a stillage holding over 40 Real Ales & Ciders. With preserved Steam and Diesel trains running return trips to Leicester North and a big crowd, this place had a great atmosphere. Recommended.

We have visited this pub once, seen 41 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: LE11 1RW