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Drayman's Son, Ely City, Ely

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29a Forehill
Ely
CB7 4AA
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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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Aqualung . left this review about Drayman's Son

This micropub was originally the Liberty Belle but is now under new ownership where the Landlord's father was a drayman hence the name. Unsurprisingly it's a shop conversion.
Inside it's a decent sized area for a micropub with two tiers. There is mixed seating rather than just high tables and chairs. For some reason there was a motor bike parked at the rear of the lower tier and all sorts of other bric-a-brac around the place.
The bar and cellar is at the rear on the upper tier and this had a selection of eight beers and numerous ciders. It was too late in the day to note all the beers but many were unfamiliar to me and I suspect they were all from fairly local breweries. I went for the Two Rivers Norfolk Stout (£3.90) which was an excellent strong oatmeal stout in superb condition.
My only niggle with this pub is that it's the most expensive micropub I've visited. The trouble is that the weaker beers (3.8%) were also £3.90. This seems very poor value to me, although one 3.8% one was £3.80 but a 5% Wolf beer was £4.00.
Why Ely should be more expensive than SE London I don't know but it slightly put me off what was otherwise a great micropub.

On 3rd September 2015 - rating: 8
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Ely, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for Drayman's Son, Ely
28th Sep 2018, 12:36
Review submitted by Thuck Phat amended by Thuck Phat
 
28th Sep 2018, 12:34
Review submitted by Thuck Phat amended by Thuck Phat

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
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  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 03 September 2015 by Aqualung .
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  • 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
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