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The Brewery Tap, Ware

83 High Street
SG12 9AD
Phone: 01920485315
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Brewery Tap

The better of two pubs I visited in Ware early on a Friday afternoon, this one is set on the High Street and had attracted a few locals who were sat or stood at the bar. There is a small amount of seating in the bar area at the front, but the pub stretches back some way with plenty of other seating. Off to the left-hand side is a covered outdoor area providing further drinking space. Old pictures of Ware can be found throughout the pub on the walls. However, one wall to the side of the bar is completely covered with pennies. TVs were also on and I believe they were showing horse racing, but nobody including myself seemed interested.

I'm not sure who this was once the Brewery Tap for, but these days it is run by Greene King with enough guest beers to satisfy the real ale drinker. The house beer from Greene King was Ware House Ale. Their Coronation Ale was also on, with guests being St Austell Tribute, Timothy Taylor Landlord & Oakham Citra. I quite enjoyed my Coronation Ale, which I think had only been tapped that day. It's likely that I was the first to sample it.

Along with the Crooked Billet, I would say that this pub is one of the two best in town.

On 24th April 2023 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Tap

This place has an identity crisis,is it a trendy wine bar,ice cream parlour,cafe,B&B or pub ?From the exterior and given the name I assumed it was a pub.The two large picture windows give the front section a lot of natural light and the decor here is of a VIP section in a club,white leather sofas , occasional cushions and square pooves.The entrance is to the side into a narrow space where the small bar is situated along with bar stools.At the rear through a doorway is a area in pine furniture set up like a cafe with menus for ice cream and sodas.A most attractive courtyard runs along one side of the building and is full of picnic style benches where children are allowed,most of the yard is under cover.
At the rear is a large warehouse type building converted to B&B and possibly this was a brewery which gave the pub it's name,but there is no reference to this within the building.
There were three handpumps,two working dispensing GK Abbott and IPA (£3.10) which was clear but pure vinegar and undrinkable.Normally I would complain but I only ordered a half and the friendly barmaid was more focussed on making latte and serving snacks so I trudged away.
I noticed a promotion advertising that if you order 6 pints the seventh was free,but after my experience I cannot forsee any circumstance when I may wish to take advantage of this generous offer.


A complete change of emphasis and some serious expenditure has created a very good pub billing itself as a "pie,ale and cider house "It has many interesting features as you walk around.Although still owned by Greene King and with some of their exterior signage there are now guest ales and a smart unified interior together with a classy looking exterior repainting job.The front bar has a display of 1p coins as a wall mural,small tables in the bay windows and six handpumps.There seem to be three regular ales in Oakham JHB,GK Olde Trip and Ware House Ale 3.9% ( beware almost certainly an insipid rebadged GK brew ) with guests on my trip of Buntingford Twitchell and Hurricane together with White Park Brewery Moonshine.
The middle bar has the same real ale range and 6 taps in the wall for cider and perry and a glass panel set in the wooden floor with a view down to the cellar bar while the back room has a map of Ware from around 1820 along one wall with a dispay of pewter tankards on another wall.The wall coverings give an upmarket and modern feel to the pub.Seating here consistes of a long bench seat and a few square tables.The cellar bar has a small servery but no handpumps and the guv'nor hopes to attract jazz musicians to set up here most nights in what I would imaging would be a very laid back atmosphere.The courtyard is partially covered by an awning and is a pleasant space.The B&B accomodation is being upgraded ,and although I didn't eat there is a dumb waiter to the kitchen area.
Given the guest ale policy ( with every chance of finding more Oakham ales ) this pub really should be visited when in town,I will certainly be back .

On 30th August 2015 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Ware, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Hertford East, 2.24 miles, 43 min walk (show)
St Margarets (Herts), 2.54 miles, 48 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Brewery Tap, Ware
24th Apr 2023, 11:14
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
30th Aug 2015, 14:26
Picture submitted by Bucking Fastard approved

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 30p per pint - last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : No last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 April 2023 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 April 2023 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by ROB Camra
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