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The Gate, Sawbridgeworth

81 London Road
CM21 9JJ
Phone: 01279722313
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Gate

Sawbo's drinking institution,family run free house with a micro brewery and hosting an annual beer festival ,its a traditional basic boozer frequented by a loyal band of regulars.Excellent review below and although this is a GBG regular, I too would raise a flag of caution on the question of ale quality.It's popularity and lack of any serious real ale competition in the area may have caused some complacency over the years.Still a good place to catch televised sport on the various screens around the interior.

On 1st October 2010 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2175 recommendations about 2175 pubs]

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Thuck Phat left this review about The Gate

The Gate is probably the best real ale venue in Sawbridgeworth and the offer is decent but I can't help feeling that it could be even better.
The building is an inviting, traditional white clapboard pub with an abundant and colourful display of flowers outside in both pots and hanging baskets. Inside there are two rooms, the most comfortable of which you walk straight into and has banquettes around the edge and various tables. There is also an extensive collection of pump clips on the ceiling and around the walls as well as other breweriana. Beyond this is a wooden floored bar with a large television showing sports, usually football. The landlord is an ex Crystal Palace player who, in years gone by, would take the opportunity to chat through his career with plenty of reference to the 'greats' he played with and against. It's all sport in the Gate.
The pub does have it's own brewery and Sawbridgeworth Malt Shovel Porter and Gold were on from here along with Summer Lightning, Youngs Best and Rebellion IPA. The Gold was palatable but seemed to leave an increasingly unpleasant aftertaste the more we drank it. We also tried a Summer Lightning which was vinegar in all but name but was promptly replaced and taken off when we mentioned it.
Herein lies the issue with The Gate, it's clearly doing many of the right things on the ale front with a reasonable variety and it's own brewery but having visited intermittently over many years I've never found a pint which really flew down and demanded that another be quaffed.

On 30th September 2010 - rating: 6
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t b left this review about The Gate

Real Ale pub, has it's own brewery at the back! Holds many beer festivals, mostly around Bank Holidays the really big one is at August BH (48 beers this year). The pub is a bit small with TVs showing sport (although most of the time with the volume low/off), no garden to speak of although some outside seating is available...just go for the beer!

On 23rd September 2008 - rating: 8
[User has posted 4 recommendations about 4 pubs]

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Sawbridgeworth, 0.74 miles, 14 min walk (show)
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  • Darts : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
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