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The Griffin Inn (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyExcellent2
Griffin - YetiExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - KiplingExcellent1
RCH - PitchforkExcellent2
Griffin - One Of My FavouritesExcellent1
Otter - HeadExcellent1
Dark Star - Carafa JadeExcellent1
Castle Rock - Elsie MoGood1
Sarah Hughes - Surprise Bitter (aka Sedgley Surprise)Good1
Greene King - Abbot AleGood1
Otter - BrightGood1
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Spring ShieldGood1
Slater's - GoldenGood1
Griffin - Yule LogGood1
Wye Valley - Dorothy Goodbody's Golden AleGood1
Tunnel - India Pale AleGood1
Wye Valley - Hoppy HopAcceptable1
Clark's (sometimes shown as Westgate Brewery) - Classic BlondeAcceptable1
Golden Duck - Wristy FitzyAcceptable1
Picture 1. The Griffin Inn, Shustoke, Warwickshire

Visits Details

05 May 2013 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Beautiful spring evening, very popular and lots of people sitting in the gardens enjoying the sunshine.
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70GoodNot what I expected, seemed a little confused and out of balance. OK but I expected a lot more.
Sarah Hughes - Surprise Bitter (aka Sedgley Surprise)5.00GoodI seemed to have had a lot of black country bitters in the last fortnight or so. This was my least favourite - typical of its type, flavours weren't as pronounced as with other beers of this genre.
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Spring Shield4.20GoodLight on flavour apart from a little malt and very smooth. Not sure why but I quite liked it.
Slater's - Golden3.80GoodDeep golden in colour and lots of flavour but out of balance and rough around the edges.
28 Apr 2013 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Another Sunday evening at this ever popular pub.
Dark Star - Carafa Jade5.00ExcellentUsually disappointed with red ales, not so this one. A lush, creamy, light brown head and a decent aroma. Well balanced, good body and a hoppy, dry bitterness.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00GoodNothing wrong with the beer apart from being average. Trouble is I keep comparing with the Abbot Ale of thirty years ago I can't believe that this is the same beer we would travel miles to sample. Disappointed.
Wye Valley - Dorothy Goodbody's Golden Ale4.20GoodAn OK, middle of the road beer. Nothing to write home about.
Clark's (sometimes shown as Westgate Brewery) - Classic Blonde3.90AcceptableUninspiring, dull and not particularly blonde.
21 Apr 2013 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Two nights running, I am lucky.
Otter - Head5.80ExcellentAn overwhelming flavour of black treacle without being sickly or heavy. Very nice.
Griffin - Yeti4.70ExcellentWouldn't have been surprised if this had been a lot stronger. Good feel in the mouth and pleasant flavours. Nice IPA.
Golden Duck - Wristy Fitzy4.60AcceptableJudging by the pump clip, must have some cricketing connection? OK but seemed a bit confused.
Wye Valley - Hoppy Hop4.10AcceptableUninteresting and light on flavours.
20 Apr 2013 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
As popular as ever, 10 real ales and two ciders on tap.
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00ExcellentOne of the best beers of its type.
RCH - Pitchfork4.30ExcellentGot lots of berry aromas and flavours on this occasion.
Otter - Bright4.30GoodA pale ale that was a little light on flavour for me.
01 Jan 2012 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
People still in the Christmas / New Year spirit, open fires, good beer, great.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Kipling5.20ExcellentNo nonsence strong bitter. Wonderful fragrant, citrus hop flavour. Very smooth and very drinkable - be careful this doesn't drink at 5.2%.
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00GoodNot quite as I remember it. A bit thin on body and the dark tastes weren't as full as I expected, then again I think this is a dark mild so perhaps they shouldn't be too full on. Didn't punch its 6.0% weight.
30 Dec 2011 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Absolutely packed. Just as I remember it.
Griffin - Yule Log3.50GoodReasonable body. Biscuit malt followed with a very dry bitter aftertaste. Good stuff.
Tunnel - India Pale Ale5.70GoodLots going on in the glass. Initial malt followed by citrus and passion fruit! Then an extremely bitter aftertaste. Certainly an experience - a good one I think.
10 Oct 2011 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Once a regular haunt, I haven't been in this pub for 22 years. Still as good as I remember. Numerous cask ales on handpump - what a treat.
RCH - Pitchfork4.30ExcellentUncomplicated, good bitter ale with a crisp, dry hoppiness. Good balance and body.
Griffin - One Of My Favourites4.20ExcellentSuperb golden ale - lots of fruit leading to a dry, hoppy bitterness. Well balanced and plenty of body.

About The Griffin Inn

The pub sign. The Griffin Inn, Shustoke, Warwickshire

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Shustoke, Warwickshire, B46 2LB.

A well known CAMRA listed pub that has been in the same family for three generations. The main building was extended a few years ago and a conservatory was also added. Inside there is a warm welcome and just about everything one would expect from a traditional English country pub, beamed ceilings, open fires, lots of history, annual conker championships, etc.! The Griffin also has its own brewery. Very popular all year round - there is a large car park to the side of the pub.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 19 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: B46 2LB