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The Crafty Banker, Rugby

Pub added by Craig O
11a Bank Street
CV21 2QE

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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Crafty Banker

A good mix of ale drinkers and gin drinkers on our Saturday eve visit. We managed to get a high table and chairs near the front entrance, but upgraded to a bench table down the left hand side, which was more comfortable. Six ladies opposite were all quaffling large glasses of gin and to our amazement, the gin was the same colour as their nail varnish, which was the same colour as antifreeze. Curiosity got the better of me and they told me they were all drinking a marshmallow flavoured gin. Sticking to the beer, we went with the Falstaff Animal Bad Kitty, which was a decent pale. A large logo on the wall was very similar to the Hobson's Brewery logo, which seemed odd. We called here as a destination pub after visiting Northampton, so well worth the effort to and from the railway station, which wasn't that far a walk.

On 27th March 2019 - rating: 9
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Crafty Banker

Nothing much to add to the thorough review below.I was in on a busy Friday evening,and the long interior was being fully utilised and lots of barstaff were on duty to speed delivery.There was a tap takeover from Doghouse Brewery from Darwin and the brewer was in attendance.The condition of his New England IPA and Cappuccino Stout were terrific and I could easily have worked my way across the 6 handpumps.
Popular with a wide age range and all sexes,this had a pub atmosphere rather than a CAMRA vibe which occurs at some micropubs.
A must visit in Rugby and surely a "shoe inn" for the next GBG.

On 26th November 2018 - rating: 9
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Crafty Banker

A new micropub in Rugby in what was Lorenzo's pizzas and a well established deli prior to that.
As with many micropubs, this is a long narrow space with the bar at the back here. Said bar is in the form of a Tata 1612 front grill complete with lit up headlights.
The space is fairly minimalist with a mixture of high and low modern furniture, wood floors, a glass shop window and grey walls with limited decoration bar a notable gin chart.
It was relatively quiet on our early Friday evening visit which, due to the limited decor and high ceilings I'd guess, created an odd echoey atmosphere. This dissipated as the place filled up, which it did during the first pint but it still feels very new and will, I'm sure, establish itself quickly.
The governor was welcoming and friendly and told us that he'd previously worked with XT setting up their brewery tap. Perfect experience for this gig.
Consequently, there will always be an XT beer or two present and the six handpumps had on Plain Ales Incognito, Raw Brewery Red Ale and Grey Ghost IPA, Animal Hop Cat, Pomana Island Pale and Crafty Banker Bitter. The Grey Ghost IPA and Island Pale were both very good and in excellent shape and that selection included a red ale, a stout, a bitter and two pales. Not bad for six handpumps and the governor let us know that he had a couple of beers from Brass Castle to come.
In addition to handpumps there are 5 keg taps on the wall behind the bar which included another from Animal (XT) and a cider. There's also a wide selection of around 30 or so gins with advice and even small tasters handed out to those interested.
I liked it here a lot and hope that it is successful and goes from strength to strength. A fine addition to Rugby's real ale scene.

On 14th May 2018 - rating: 9
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