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The Shepherds Rest (Greene King)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Inveralmond - ThrappledouserGood1
Greene King - IPAGood3
Strathaven - Craigmill MildGood1
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip Good1
Greene King - Zombie CurseAcceptable1
Greene King - Treacle StoutAcceptable1
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenAcceptable1
Strathaven - Duchess Anne Light AleAcceptable1
Greene King - Treacle Stout.Acceptable1
Caledonian - Deuchars IPAAcceptable2
Edinbrew - Friendly FireAcceptable1
Greene King - Abbot AlePoor2
Isle of Skye - Red CuillinNot Tried0
Belhaven - IPANot Tried0
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Rocking RudolphNot Tried0
Belhaven - Barn DancerNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles CountyNot Tried0
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Rocking Rudolph (now use 4.2% entry)Not Tried0
Strathaven - Clydesdale IPANot Tried0
Strathaven - Winter GlowNot Tried0
Stewart - Face of WinterNot Tried0
Edinbrew - Mid AtlanticNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Shepherds Rest, Westhill, Aberdeenshire

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10 Jan 2020 (McGargle)
Strathaven - Duchess Anne Light Ale3.90AcceptableThis was odd. Peaty flavour, not what I remember.
Edinbrew - Friendly Fire4.30AcceptablePleasant enough mid-atlantic bitter.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Edinbrew - Mid Atlantic4.00Not Tried
26 Dec 2019 (McGargle)
A pleasant surprise to find four guests in this Greene King house.
Strathaven - Craigmill Mild3.50GoodRoasty, slightly bitter mild. A happy surprise.
Strathaven - Clydesdale IPA3.80Not Tried
Strathaven - Winter Glow5.00Not Tried
Stewart - Face of Winter4.30Not Tried
09 Dec 2019 (McGargle)
Pleasant early evening after a productive visit to The Hop Shop.
Greene King - IPA3.60AcceptableNot quite so fresh but acceptable.
Greene King - Ruddles County4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Rocking Rudolph (now use 4.2% entry)5.00Not Tried
19 Nov 2019 (McGargle)
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip 4.30GoodPleasant, malt led Best.
Greene King - Zombie Curse3.90AcceptableToo sweet for me.
Greene King - Treacle Stout5.40AcceptableColab with Tapestry. Too sweet again.
07 Nov 2019 (McGargle)
Early evening crowd. Friendly staff and a barman who enthused about his beers and offered tasters.
Greene King - IPA3.60GoodServed in excellent, fresh condition. Made the best of the beer.
Greene King - Treacle Stout.5.40AcceptableA brave try but very sweet. Collaboration with Tapestry.
Belhaven - Barn Dancer4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
09 Jan 2015 (McGargle)
Quiet early evening. Most tables set for diners. Good marks to the friendly bar maid who topped my glass without being asked. Shame I feel the need to comment on this though.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50AcceptableMalty and not noticeably troubled by hops.
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Rocking Rudolph5.00Not TriedOn 9th January?
06 Aug 2013 (McGargle)
Now owned by Greene King it took three attempts and a considerable wait to get a fair measure in the glass. Use of a tight sparkler didn't help.
Greene King - IPA3.60GoodI was surprised but this was a good pint. Nothing exceptional but well crafted with a good malt hop balance and a moreish almost citrus finish.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
07 Sep 2012 (Ray)
Busy at 7, dead by 9. Definitely not worth coming for the beer selection but the food is OK and service excellent.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Belhaven - IPA3.80Not Tried
23 Apr 2011 (Ray)
Quiet. Tendered £20 got change for £10.
Inveralmond - Thrappledouser4.30GoodPleasantly surprised. Served a bit cold but a good malty taste and not too sweet.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Isle of Skye - Red Cuillin4.20Not Tried
24 Nov 2010 (McGargle)
As the snow came down we were forced to retreat in here. Warm, cosy atmosphere and friendly service was let down by spectacularly poor beer quality and the inability to supply a fork with which to eat supper. Only two pumps in use. Old Speckled Hen, Belhaven 80/- and St. Andrews 'available soon'.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80AcceptableMuch better. Some citrussy hops and a smoother malt. Suspect previous pint was the first serve of the session and it hadn't been pulled through.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00AcceptableNoticed that the manager used beer from the new cask to clean the line! Didn't seem to consider what would happen if the pump syphoned back. Young but clear, balance of hops and malt hadn't settled.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80PoorNo hops. Absolutely lifeless.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00UndrinkableVinegar. The manager explained that 'someone had connected up an old barrel'??!!

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About The Shepherds Rest

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The pub is found in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, AB32 6HF.

Near the Arnhall Business Park and adjacent to a Premier Inn, The Shepherds Rest was opened in 2001 but skilfully aged to look 200 years older. Although it's a big place it has been carefully divided to provide plenty of cosy areas. Food led, beer choice now only a shadow of what it once was. Now owned by Greene King (Belhaven).

We have visited this pub 14 times, seen 27 different beers and tried 17 of them.

Map location

Postcode: AB32 6HF