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The Swatters Carr (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Wainstones - Steel RiverExcellent1
Greene King - Hopportunity KnocksExcellent1
Tring - Side Pocket for a ToadExcellent1
Black Sheep - Golden SheepGood1
Summerskills - Bunker Hill BitterGood1
Ossett - Excelsius (was Excelsior)Good1
Ossett - Pale GoldAcceptable1
Rooster's - Wild MuleAcceptable1
Marston Moor (brewed at Rudgate) - DagazAcceptable1
Stonehenge - Old SmokeyAcceptable1
Adnams - Pretty Things Jack D'Or Saison AmericaineAcceptable1
Cotswold Spring - StunnerPoor1
Nelson - Dragon's RevengePoor1
Batemans - XXXB (now superseded by 4.8% version)Not Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerNot Tried0
Hook Norton - Old HookyNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Blond WitchNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Ossett - Silver FoxNot Tried0
Rudgate - Ruby MildNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Daleside - Monkey Wrench (was 5.4%)Not Tried0
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Bourbon Milk StoutNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - Flying HerbertNot Tried0
Greene King - AbbotNot Tried0

Visits Details

06 Oct 2018 (McGargle)
Rammed. Six clips showing but only one had beer in it. Oh Dear JDW!
Greene King - Hopportunity Knocks4.20ExcellentSurprisingly this was my beer of the weekend not so much for the beer but the faultless condition in which it was served.
13 Aug 2016 (McGargle)
When other places let you down (yes I'm thinking of The Star) Swatters Carr is always a reliable option.
Black Sheep - Golden Sheep3.90GoodPleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed this well crafted golden ale.
20 Feb 2015 (HSB)
15:33 Having failed at Dr Phil's our bladders were stretched, so this offered a welcome respite. Very busy in the front less so opposite the bar. Unfortunately, having ordered a beer, I was suddenly taken ill and had to abort the rest of the weekend's plans and go straight home, if a six hour journey can be called straight.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Daleside - Monkey Wrench (was 5.4%)5.30Not Tried
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Bourbon Milk Stout4.30Not Tried
North Yorkshire - Flying Herbert4.70Not Tried
30 Nov 2013 (McGargle)
Absolutely jammed but friendly atmosphere.
Stonehenge - Old Smokey5.00AcceptableQuite thin for a porter at 5% but some smoke from the grain.
Adnams - Pretty Things Jack D'Or Saison Americaine6.00AcceptableOK but this example was one dimensional.
09 Nov 2013 (McGargle)
Nothing of interest so moved on.
11 Jul 2013 (McGargle)
Quick and friendly service.
Marston Moor (brewed at Rudgate) - Dagaz3.60AcceptableUndemanding pale session ale. Would be better with more hops and less caramel. Slightly cloudy.
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Tried
02 Mar 2013 (McGargle)
Busy mid-evening - a good mix of locals and students.
Rooster's - Wild Mule3.90AcceptableLight clean and hoppy. Just the thing after South Indian food at The Dosa Houze across the road.
29 Sep 2012 (McGargle)
Busy. Quick friendly service.
Summerskills - Bunker Hill Bitter5.10GoodMid-brown beer. Easy drinking belying its strength with good hops to finish.
Nelson - Dragon's Revenge4.30PoorNothing wrong with the serve this is just badly brewed beer. No coherence, just awful turgid, cardboard. Do JDW's beer buyers not taste before and after buying?
25 Aug 2012 (McGargle)
After disappointments at The Isaac Wilson and Star it was great to come to a pub that was busy with keen staff and an enticing ale selection.
Tring - Side Pocket for a Toad3.60ExcellentFor a 'light' beer this was full bodied, some solid malt and excellent hop presence.
Ossett - Excelsius (was Excelsior)5.20GoodFull bodied, slightly sweet golden ale.
Cotswold Spring - Stunner4.00PoorMid-brown, earthy and dry.
Ossett - Silver Fox4.10Not Tried
31 Dec 2011 (McGargle)
Early evening New Year's Eve and already busy. Good solid demand for the cask ales and the excellent Dosa restaurant just across the road.
Wainstones - Steel River4.30ExcellentLight chestnut with good creamy head. Solid malt body with good depth of hop flavours. Lingering dry finish.
Ossett - Pale Gold3.80AcceptableSparkling light gold. Initially spicy in the mouth but eventually lacking in body and flavour.
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Batemans - XXXB (now superseded by 4.8% version)4.50Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Blond Witch4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried

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About The Swatters Carr

The pub sign. The Swatters Carr, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS1 3QW.

Bought by Wetherspoon in 2011. This pub is located on Linthorpe Road near the University. It is named after the original hotel on this site and contains artwork relating to famous Teessiders and its industrial heritage.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 30 different beers and tried 15 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TS1 3QW