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The Fountain Inn, Leek

Fountain Street
ST13 6JR

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Fountain Inn

Fine old pub on the edge of the town centre, with a seemingly unaltered interior having different seating areas on three sides of the central servery. All very traditional, including the lively banter between various groups of locals. An impressive bank of ten handpumps is located directly opposite the entrance, offering a great range of real ales from different breweries, a cider and a perry. After some dithering while a good natured dispute about the acceptable head on a pint was resolved, I went for a (very full) pint of Burton Bridge's anniversary Ruby Red - good value at £3.30.

On 21st March 2022 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Fountain Inn

The Fountain feels very much a traditional, local boozer despite being only a stones throw from the centre.
There are some nice touches here including the real fireplaces and the atmosphere is friendly and gentle.
Beers on were Facers North Star Porter, Bass, Springhead Outlawed, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA, Falstaff Cassius Mild, St Austell Tribute and Salopian Oracle. One hand pump was being changed and there were two ciders on.
Not at all a bad selection and I thoroughly enjoyed the Jaipur IPA but it didn't quite come up to the Earl Grey's level.
Another of Leek's gems.

On 18th June 2019 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Fountain Inn

A very traditional boozer,the front door leads directly to the bar with it's array of 10 handpumps.To both sides of the servery there are impressive fireplaces with beautifully polished walnut surrounds,there is lots of quality ephemera and good looking and comfortable seating of different kinds.There is a rear snug,a darts board,flatscreens that were off on my visit and a walled beer garden.The landlord was drinking with the regulars around the bar and was a very engaging fellow, full of good advice on both beer and the local drinking scene.
There were two ciders,and a mix of real ales with some national brands and some small brewers output.Thornbridge Jaipur was the high ABV option,with quite a few more modest strength beers and my Facers North Star Porter was well kept if a little predictable.
There is a strong community feel here and all women groups were in evidence given the calm atmosphere.Maybe not quite at the top of Leek's real ale scene,as a local boozer it's a very comfortable place to sink a pint or two.

On 7th June 2019 - rating: 8
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Gill Smith left this review about The Fountain Inn

What a great find this was on our visit to Leek with not just an impressive display of real ales across the bar, but ales from some lesser known breweries. We chose Deeply Vale DV8 and Weal Ales Weally Hopper which were both fine. There are different seating areas and a sun terrace at the rear. There is a collection of Good Beer Guides going back to the 70's and the first one is ever so thin compared to those coming out now. Brilliant place to visit.

On 9th September 2018 - rating: 9
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Al Bundy left this review about The Fountain Inn

A lovely little pub just off the town centre. 3 roomed with a small beer yard to the rear. The room on entering houses the servery and to either side there are 2 snuggy rooms. 10 handpumps on the bar with 8 for real ale and 2 for cider. Beers from Wincle, Derventio, Falstaff, Bass Bitter, St Austell and First Chop on today. Well worth a visit.

On 4th May 2017 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Fountain Inn

The pub was refurbished last year and is now a free house. The pub has a traditional interior with cream painted walls, small wall pictures and various ornaments and a bookshelf on the right near the open fireplace. The bar was central with a small room leading off on the right, which had a darts board, fruit machine and tv. There was also another slightly larger room leading off on the left-hand side of the bar, which had various tables and chairs and bench seating. The front lounge had dark brown, buttoned leather banquette seating in one section, and deep green fabric banquette seating on the opposite side.
The bar had five ales on handpump, so we went for the Abbeydale Moonshine and Buxton Blonde. Both ales were excellent, this is a very well kept pub, with a friendly owner and drinkers. A pub well worth a visit.

On 29th May 2014 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Fountain Inn

The Fountain is a small back street pub that is close to the town centre.
Once inside this pub has been opened out into one room and there is also a seperate pool room at the back of the pub.
This is a Marstons tied house and there was only one of their beers on the bar this was Marstons bitter and this was quite a nice drink.
This was a fairly decent pub to have a drink in.

On 12th December 2010 - rating: 7
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