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Drayman's Son, Ely

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29a Forehill
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Drayman's Son

As with my Southeast London crawl the day before, I'd started my day in the worst pub and graduated to the best at the end of the day (although I did still have one more to go back to that had earlier been closed).

The Drayman's Son is a micropub situated on Forehill that does not open until 5pm during the week. In fact, during the daytime it has a kind of derelict appearance. If it wasn't for the opening times posted, I wouldn't have known that it was a pub or indeed whether it was still open.

However, shortly before 5:30 pm, it was mostly definitely open and already quite busy. A steady flow of customers arrived during my visit.

There is an area of seating near the windows at the front, with a few steps beyond leading to the small bar area in the far right-hand corner, with a further low table and some stools placed alongside a shelf.

The efficient staff member took orders and after fetching beers or ciders from the cold room at the rear, brought them to your table.

Blackboards list the real ales and craft beers, as well as the real ciders. I was amazed to find a list of 19 real ciders, with 4 I'd never previously had.

There seems to be some kind of link to the Three Blind Mice brewery here, but they didn't dominate the beer lists. Real ales were Ampersand The Cap Bitter, Parkway Cheeky Money, Baker's Dozen Cryo at the Discotheque & Straight Outta Ketton, Crafty Beers Stout, Milestone Azacca & Three Blind Mice Juice Rocket.

Craft beers were Three Blind Mice Sour Pineapple & Lemongrass & IPA Galaxy & Simcoe, Lost & Grounded Keller Pils, Vaux Black Wave & Fallen Switch.

The 19 aforementioned ciders were Cromwell's Oliver's Session, Oliver's Choice, Oliver's Sweetheart & Cavalier Perry, Lilley's Strawberry Cider, Mango Cider, Rum Cider, Apple & Pears, Elderflower Cider, Rhubarb Cider & Gladiator, Thistly Cross Whisky Cask & Simon's Sweet P, Cox, East Meets West, Short Stirling, Dabinett, 5 Pear Perry & Vice Versa. In addition, there was a mead!

There is an abundance of railway memorabilia around the walls, along bizarrely with some car number plates.

I could have spent several more hours here, but my stomach was rumbling and Le Spice restaurant directly opposite was calling. But this was undoubtedly one of my favourite pub visits from the past years and I'd rate this pub as one of the best 10 I've been to in the UK. I have no hesitation to repeat the previous reviewer's score of 10/10 and hope to visit Ely again by train one day to spend much longer here.

On 8th October 2021 - rating: 10
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Thuck Phat left this review about Drayman's Son

A total gem of a micropub situated in a former shop premises on a street full of independent businesses.
The outside is attractive with its green and yellow livery, vintage guide dog collection piece and array of plant holders and colourful flowers. It could be mistaken for a florists and put me in mind of those Irish boozers situated in various shops.
The interior continues the eclectic and quirky vibe with a selection of old, mismatched furniture, an impressive collection of antique advertising signs and car number plates from around the world.
The welcome from Rob, who runs the place, was friendly and he is immensely knowledgeable on the beer served and very generous with tasters, advice and information. It was a pleasure to spend a couple of hours in his intelligent and entertaining company.
The real draw here though has to be the beer and the selection is spectacular. The pub was taken over by the Three Blind Mice Brewery in March 2018 and their beers are showcased here but they are extremely confident in the quality if the guests are anything to go by.
The beers are listed on a board to the left and are usually 6 cask and 6 keykegs all served from the tiny cellar at the back of the building.
Our visit found these gems: Three Blind Mice Draymans Best, Little Gem, Juice Rocket and Battle Scars, Amundsen Bryggert Norwegian Wild, Nene Valley John Lemon, Marble Earl Grey IPA, Lord Conrads Big Bad Wolf, Bakers Dozen Stamford Pale and The Big Twig, Milestone Summer Lovin and Pig and Porter Sandstorm Lager. There were many in there that I hadn't heard of but Rob expertly guided us through them introducing IPA's, session ales, sour beers, fruit beers and stouts.
We tried most, helped by the availability of 1/3rds and 2/3rds as well as halves, and all were in top condition with the keykeg virtually indistinguishable from the cask. In fact these were some of the best beers I've had all year and the Battle Scars heads my beer of 2018 list currently.
Fifteen real ciders and twelve gins were also available but these were never going to get a look in for us.
The pub does not appear in the 2018 GBG which, from what I gathered, seems to be down to some slightly petty administration and is an utter travesty.
Simply not to be missed and I wouldn't plan on visiting anywhere else in Ely, even the cathedral, if returning.

On 28th September 2018 - rating: 10
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Drayman's Son

A selection of nine ales on this visit, their regular number of ales is ten per day. You pay and order your beer at the small bar at the rear of the pub and then the beer is poured from stillage in the rear cellar and then brought to your table.
I agree with Aqualung, this is also the most expensive Micropub we have visited to date, especially when one of our beers was a (3.5%) at £3.90.
Beer wise we went for the Hellbound brewery Cock Blocker, Colchester brewery Jack Spitty, Nene Valley Unexpected Pleasures and Joc's Norfolk Ale Brewery Norfolk Kiwi. My favourite beer was the Jack Spitty. Also if you're lucky on a visit, you might come across a local brewery Three Blind Mice, this particular ale usually sells out in one day.
They also had a range of 37 ciders to choice from. We found this to be a friendly and chatty pub, especially if you get there early doors. There are two toilets, a Ladies and Gents.

On 2nd August 2016 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Ely, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Littleport, 5.96 miles, 1 hr 55 min walk (show)
Shippea Hill, 7.82 miles, 2 hr 30 min walk (show)
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8th Oct 2021, 14:38
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy amended by Blue Scrumpy
8th Oct 2021, 14:37
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 03 September 2015 by Aqualung .
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  • Function Room : No last updated 03 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : No - Pork pies and other snacks - last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
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  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 03 September 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : Yes last updated 17 March 2015 by David McNally
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 October 2021 by Blue Scrumpy
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