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Crystal Palace, Berkhamsted

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Clive Thompson left this review about Crystal Palace

First time here since Big Smoke took over and I'm quite impressed with the refurb. Here for a beer festival, 12 ales on gravity (and a load of craft taps) in a marquee at the side with open views of the canal. Pleasantly surprised to find the 10% CAMRA discount being applied to festival beers.
Revisiting this pub on PuG I was reminded that it featured in my Great Inter County pub crawl 12 years ago. 1 day, 1 train ticket, 8 counties and 12 pubs (plus a he'll of a lot of planning and luck)

On 21st May 2022 - no rating submitted
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace is now part of the ever-expanding Big Smoke chain of pubs. I know I've been before, but I don't recall when and I don't recall the pub itself. It enjoys a nice location next to the canal. Although the high speed train line into Euston is also just across the road. So, it's not exactly peaceful.

Despite being a Big Smoke pub, it seems to be less aimed for the drinker, with more inclination towards the food market. On a rainy spring afternoon, there were only a handful of customers in what appears to be a circular room, with different areas.

Big Smoke Solaris is the regular beer. Big Smoke Ceremony was also on, along with Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter. The cider was Lilley's Mango Cider.

Not as good as other Big Smoke pubs, but an improvement on what was here before.

On 13th May 2022 - rating: 6
[User has posted 1258 recommendations about 1258 pubs]

Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Crystal Palace

Now an independent and refurbished beer house, with a much improved food and drink offers. The canal-side location remains a draw, but on an otherwise cold, wet and windy day, it was doing great business in its own right (with all tables in use or booked for later in the afternoon). There are now six handpumps on the counter, offering a pair of Big Smoke real ales - Solaris (£3.96, with a 10% Camra discount) and Underworld - a rare 'northern' excursion for Harvey's, Momento from Siren and a Lilley's cider. There are also ten craft keg taps on the bar-back, dispensing seven more Big Smoke beers, the German Flensburger lager, something from Deya and Guinness.

On 21st February 2022 - rating: 8
[User has posted 6956 recommendations about 6956 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Berkhamsted, 0.22 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Hemel Hempstead, 3.56 miles, 1 hr 8 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for Crystal Palace, Berkhamsted
21st May 2022, 13:20
Review submitted by Clive Thompson
13th May 2022, 17:15
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 May 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 23 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 13 May 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 May 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 May 2022 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 03 September 2010 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 13 May 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
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