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Grainstore Brewery Tap, Oakham Town, Oakham

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Station Approach
Oakham
LE15 6RA
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Pub SignMan left this review about Grainstore Brewery Tap

This old outbuilding next to Oakham station has been creatively repurposed as a brewery and tap room for the Grainstore Brewery. The pub has a long, rectangular single room layout with old wooden floorboards, hop-lined beams, exposed stone walls and the servery along the rear wall. The bar has a nice brick counter front with a chunky wooden top, bare brick bar back with plain shelving units and a large number of tankards, pint pots, growlers and other such vessels hung from the beams above. Two seating areas either side of the servery are well served by sturdy tables and chairs, with more of the same running along the front wall, directly opposite the bar. Some well put-together framed pump clip collections adorn the walls alongside various other bits of breweriana, a few local photos and a selection of award certificates. Meanwhile, the ceiling beams have all manner of unrelated items hanging from them, including kettles, horseshoes, ceramics and lanterns, which add to the room’s charm and provide you with plenty of visual distraction. Two TV screens at either end of the room were screening a live football match and I noticed a dartboard and bar billiards table over to the far right-hand side of the pub. The pub has limited parking to the front, although we found it easy to park for free on the road next to the station, and there are some limited picnic benches out front too.
As the Grainstore tap, their own beer occupied the long row of handpulls, with options on this visit comprising Rutland Panther, Cooking, Witches Brew, Swan Dive, Ten Fifty, Rutland Osprey, Steelback IPA and Triple B. The Rutland Panther was a nice drop of dark mild, served in very good condition by a friendly and helpful barmaid. Unusually, food orders cannot be placed at the bar, so we patiently waited for a waitress to appear before ordering our Sunday roasts, which then took a remarkably long time to arrive.
I really liked this place and thought it was a good example of a brewery tap done well and a nice antidote to the soulless railway arches and factory units that I seem to find wherever I go in London. I’m quite fond of Grainstore beers too, so I was more than happy here and would suggest it’s a must-do if you’re visiting Oakham.

On 9th January 2020 - rating: 8
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Graham Coombs left this review about Grainstore Brewery Tap

Excellent establishment in a former railway goods shed, with delicious smells emanating from the adjoining brewery. The single large room is well tabled, with a few comfy chairs, and there is a dartboard and bar billiards. The cast iron pillars and overhead beams give a nicely aged feel to the place, and the festoons of hops did not seem out of place. There are a few tables outside at the front also and it is of course extremely handy for the station. An excellent selection of their beers is available, with an occasional guest and a cider.

On 9th October 2019 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about Grainstore Brewery Tap

Finished a long day in here. Have to admit I felt a little underwhelmed compared to previous visits - one of the barmaids was brusque to the point of hostile, the place was cold and my first choice of Panther was a bit lacklustre (aspirator?). The Tenfifty was better. Loosed off a few arrows on the board but left feeling a bit underwhelmed. Bad night? 7.5

July 2006 & August 2012
A very enjoyable place to sink a few (very good) beers from the brewery in its tap room though they’re a tad pricey given they’re only being rolled in from over the way. It's a bit of a one-off place as it's converted from an old station warehouse and the inside holds a pleasant atmosphere with exposed brickwork and stone floor which can make for a slightly chilly experience. Dart board and TV. Staff are young and a little variable in service levels. Food is served (and there’s some excellent local bar snacks like the grunters meat sticks). Right next to the train station so easily accessible from Leicester or Cambridge. Worth a trip for. Rated 9/8

On 2nd August 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Aqualung .
Oakham, 0.21 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Melton Mowbray, 10.56 miles, 3 hr 23 min walk (show)
Stamford, 12.13 miles, 3 hr 54 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Grainstore Brewery Tap, Oakham
9th Jan 2020, 18:09
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
9th Oct 2019, 19:45
Picture submitted by Graham Coombs approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 09 October 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - August - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Seating out front - last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 25 September 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Function Room : No last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 29 May 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 09 October 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 25 September 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 25 September 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 December 2018 by Quinno _
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