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Dr Phil's Real Ale House (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Black Paw - Black Paw IPAPoor1
Black Paw - Dark SeamAcceptable1
Brass Castle - Hoptical IllusionExcellent1
Camerons - TontineGood1
Captain Cook - ResolutionPoor1
Kent - PaleAcceptable1
Magic Dragon (formerly New Plassey) - Deep PorterPoor1
Mordue - IPAAcceptable1
Rudgate - Ruby MildGood1
Taylor Illingworth - ChinookAcceptable1
Taylor Illingworth - Milkshake IPAPoor1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - ChironGood1
Arkwright's - Open All HoursNot Tried0
Black Paw - Polar PawNot Tried0
Milestone - Black PearlNot Tried0
Milestone - Rich RubyNot Tried0

Visits Details

06 Oct 2018 (McGargle)
With the new owner in place much more friendly.
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40GoodFruity mild. Good condition.
Camerons - Tontine4.10GoodNice. Roasty stout on keg.
Taylor Illingworth - Chinook4.00AcceptableOK. Not convinced Chinook is a good choice for a single hop beer. Very bitter but only gentle aroma.
Taylor Illingworth - Milkshake IPA5.70PoorNot to my taste. Unconvinced that beer and milk are a sound combination.
13 Jan 2018 (McGargle)
Much improved under the new ownership. Does get very busy.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Chiron5.00GoodA liitle frayed round the edges. Not clear why.
20 Feb 2015 (HSB)
15:00 After a very pleasant visit to the Rat Race we continued our micro-pub trail with a visit here. Arrived dead on opening time, shutters were closed as we got out of the cab. Soon opened though. The owner came out and told us his chiller wasn't working so he couldn't open. I said we had come a long way to visit his pub at which point he lost it. He started ranting and raving about his problems in a very aggressive manner. We beat a hasty retreat. Has rather put me off making long journeys to one-man band operations.
09 Aug 2014 (McGargle)
Busyish. Two Milestone beers which were avoided and my Beer of The Week.
Brass Castle - Hoptical Illusion4.80ExcellentReally fresh and hoppy. Unfined and brewed with sorghum.
Milestone - Rich Ruby4.50Not Tried
Milestone - Black Pearl4.30Not Tried
30 Nov 2013 (McGargle)
Very busy but we struggled to find an interesting ale and resorted to bottled Punk. Do wish these new wave micro pubs would look at the quality of what they're ordering as well as the colour and 'newness' of the beer.
Black Paw - Dark Seam5.00AcceptableUninteresting rather thin porter.
Black Paw - Black Paw IPA5.00PoorThin and underwhelming.
Captain Cook - Resolution3.70PoorBadly constructed, crystal malt dominated dark golden ale.
Black Paw - Polar Paw4.40Not Tried
09 Nov 2013 (McGargle)
Full to capacity well before closing time there seemed to be a good mix of regulars and new faces. In a real ale desert this is very welcome addition and it's success demonstrates that people will visit a conversation led pub offering real ales. It does seem though to be following the direction of offering as many different beers as possible. Possibly, at the expense of absolute beer quality. I tend to think Martin Hillier's original model of choosing good beer and bringing the best out of it by skilled serve has more mileage.
Mordue - IPA5.10AcceptableBeer by numbers. Maybe 2* really.
Kent - Pale4.00AcceptableThis should have had a real hop drive but was muted. Some graininess was the predominant characteristic.
Magic Dragon (formerly New Plassey) - Deep Porter4.50PoorAwful. Dark brown, thin head, dominated by 'Caramac' there was no hint of Cascade hops.
Arkwright's - Open All Hours4.20Not Tried

About the Dr Phil's Real Ale House

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS5 6DY.

In Pilkington Buildings, Roman Road, a micropub in a shopping arcade in a mainly residential area. Has quickly built up an enthusiastic following. In April 2016 the original owner sold to the brewer at Truefitt Brewery.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 16 different beers and tried 12 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TS5 6DY