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The Village Freehouse (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Titanic - CappuccinoExceptional1
Branscombe Vale - BranocExcellent1
Keystone - Keystone PorterExcellent1
Ramsbury - Flint KnapperExcellent1
Privateer Beers - Dark RevengeExcellent1
Downton - QuadhopExcellent8
Church End - ReinbeerExcellent1
Great Heck - Dark Force Treason StoutExcellent1
Griffin - Lower RiderExcellent1
Tring - MoongazingExcellent1
Upham - 1st DropGood1
3 Piers - Summer BreezeGood1
Stonehenge - Spire AleGood1
Downton - Port StoutGood1
Palmers - Dorset GoldGood1
Church End - Grave Digger's AleAcceptable1
Piddle (Dorset Piddle) - Piddle ErnieAcceptable1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Downton - Apple Blossom AleNot Tried0
Cottage - DuchessNot Tried0
Ramsbury - GoldNot Tried0
Magic Dragon (was New Plassey) - Midnight MildNot Tried0
Downton - Raspberry RipperNot Tried0
Northumberland - Santa's BeerdNot Tried0
Old School (OSB) - BlackboardNot Tried0
Downton - Mint Chocolypse StoutNot Tried0
Downton - CerberusNot Tried0
Upham - Winter's T'AleNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Red Nose ReinbeerNot Tried0
Plain Ales - Stocking FillerNot Tried0
Brentwood - BBC4Not Tried0
Plain Ales - Wreck the HallsNot Tried0
Cottage - Dark CascadianNot Tried0
Downton - Wheat StoutNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel MagnaNot Tried0
Branscombe Vale - Summa ThatNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Village Freehouse, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Visits Details

30 Aug 2018 (ChrisE)
Opened earlier than usual at 3pm by prior arrangement althoough we were arrived a little later than that thanks to a signal failure at Basingstoke. Joe, the previous landlord, now retired, provided the first drinks and some pies and scotch eggs to accompany the beers. Several other customers took advantage of the fact that the door was open unexpectedly early and had a beer or two. We spent the afternoon and early evening here enjoying a fair number of beers before leaving at around 7pm.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Branscombe Vale - Branoc3.80ExcellentA traditional session beer, I liked this.
Downton - Quadhop3.90Good
3 Piers - Summer Breeze4.00GoodIn very good condition but too sweet and golden for me.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Magna5.00Not Tried
Branscombe Vale - Summa That5.00Not Tried
12 Dec 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon visit, timed to see the Euro 2016 draw on the TV. Iím happy with the four games I have tickets for. Half a dozen regulars at the bar, Cream on the jukebox. Other beers as listed by Jason.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Griffin - Lower Rider3.90ExcellentNice pale hoppy beer with a good bite.
12 Dec 2015 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon visit very quiet 2 other customers in, around a dozen when we left an hour and a half later.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Downton - Quadhop3.90ExcellentNice hoppy aftertaste
Stonehenge - Spire Ale3.80GoodInstant hop hit with this one
Palmers - Dorset Gold4.50GoodVery fruity
Griffin - Lower Rider3.90Not Tried
Downton - Wheat Stout5.00Not Tried
10 Oct 2015 (Blair)
Friendly welcome in a not so friendly looking part of town. Strange band of regulars in here, all seemed friendly enough despite the stares. Seems a real community pub but to be honest it desperately needs a bit of tlc.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Piddle (Dorset Piddle) - Piddle Ernie4.10AcceptableIn very good condition but this stout was too sweet for me really, sweet and not a whole lot of depth to it.
Cottage - Dark Cascadian4.90Not Tried
23 Dec 2014 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit through to late afternoon, Joe made us very welcome as usual. One comment that I overheard was "don't give pickled eggs to the dog".
BeerABVScoreNotes
Downton - Quadhop3.90ExcellentOn top form today.
Keystone - Keystone Porter5.50Excellent
Cotleigh - Red Nose Reinbeer4.50Not Tried
Plain Ales - Stocking Filler4.00Not Tried
Brentwood - BBC44.30Not Tried
Plain Ales - Wreck the Halls5.00Not Tried
13 Jan 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Last visit of the evening with Aston Villa v Arsenal football on TV. Very quiet. Much brighter inside now that all the renovations are complete.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Downton - Quadhop3.90ExcellentBiggest seller here - always reliable
Old School (OSB) - Blackboard3.70Not Tried
Downton - Mint Chocolypse Stout4.90Not Tried
Downton - Cerberus4.20Not Tried
Upham - Winter's T'Ale4.50Not Tried
23 Dec 2013 (ChrisE)
A wet and windy Saturday, and I think most people had opted to stay indoors. Joe made us very welcome and provided a complimentary cheese board, and another gentleman turned up with a bag of pies from Sweeny's of Reading, this all went down very well with our beers. Inclement weather meant that we started our homeward journey a bit earlier than originally planned which was just as well as trees on the line meant that it took just under four hours to get to Waterloo.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Downton - Quadhop3.90Excellent
Church End - Reinbeer3.70Excellent
Tring - Moongazing4.20Excellent
Downton - Port Stout5.20Good
Northumberland - Santa's Beerd3.70Not TriedRan out.
19 Sep 2013 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, just a few customers in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsbury - Flint Knapper4.20Excellent
Downton - Quadhop3.90ExcellentA regular here, and a reliably good pint.
Privateer Beers - Dark Revenge4.50ExcellentThis was due to replace the Midnight Mild once the lines were cleaned, but the barman very kindly drew me a pint from the cellar. Delicious dark porter type brew.
Ramsbury - Gold4.50Not Tried
Magic Dragon (was New Plassey) - Midnight Mild4.20Not TriedI tried this, but it was the last one in the cask and not very nice, the barman took the beer off sale immediately, and cleaned the lines before putting another beer on.
Downton - Raspberry Ripper4.50Not Tried
13 Jun 2013 (HSB)
Not long after opening. About half a dozen in. My first visit, liked the place.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Great Heck - Dark Force Treason Stout5.40Excellent
Downton - Quadhop3.90Excellent
Upham - 1st Drop4.20Good
Downton - Apple Blossom Ale4.30Not Tried
Cottage - Duchess4.20Not Tried
07 Dec 2012 (ChrisE)
It was good to see Joe behind the bar, we had a good chat about beer and trains.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Titanic - Cappuccino4.50ExceptionalAbsolutely superb.
Downton - Quadhop3.90Excellent
Church End - Grave Digger's Ale3.80Acceptable
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried

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About The Village Freehouse

The pub sign. The Village Freehouse, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent18
Good8
Acceptable3
Poor-

The pub is found in Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7EF.

Wide booths provide plenty of seating in this attractive pub. Very handy for the railway station and some excellent take-aways on the way. The pub has very much a railway theme too owing to the interests of the owner. Sometimes a cask beer is sold on gravity off the counter top. Salisbury & South Wiltshire CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2014.

We have visited this pub 15 times, seen 50 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SP2 7EF