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The Flying Circus (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kelham Island - Fairytale of New YorkExcellent1
Oakham - Scarlet MacawExcellent1
Falstaff - Beast of BodminExcellent1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Northern LightExcellent1
Beer Monkey Brew - Uncle Monk's IPAGood1
Newark - Cheeky Rascals Collective V.7Good1
Falstaff - Phoenix (was 4.5%)Good1
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Flying CircusGood1
Leatherbritches - The BounderGood1
Pentrich - Columbus IPAGood1
Falstaff - EdisonGood1
Leatherbritches - Raspberry BelterAcceptable1
Shepherd Neame - SpitfireNot Tried0
Newark - Flying Circus Best Bitter (house beer)Not Tried0
Black Iris - Roots RadicalNot Tried0
Newark - Norwegian BlueNot Tried0
Pentrich - Shadow PlayNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Not 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
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best BitterNot Tried0
Magpie - WanderersNot 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

08 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. A local band was jamming and learning its trade!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40ExcellentSmooth and creamy
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Magpie - Wanderers3.90Not Tried
15 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Quiet mid-week here and much talk of the gin and tonic ranges.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Falstaff - Edison4.00Good
Beer Monkey Brew - Uncle Monk's IPA4.50Good
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried
Newark - Pure Gold4.50Not Tried
25 Jun 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit after a journey on the new LNER.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Leatherbritches - The Bounder3.80Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not 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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Flying Circus4.50GoodGood condition but bland on taste
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not 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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pentrich - Columbus IPA5.70GoodLots of initial intriguing tastes. Soon dissipated to a generally sour hop domination
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not 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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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

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About The Flying Circus

The pub sign. The Flying Circus, Newark, Nottinghamshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent21
Good18
Acceptable4
Poor-

Website.

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 38 times, seen 103 different beers and tried 40 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NG24 1BE