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The Bald Buzzard Ale House, Leighton Buzzard Central, Leighton Buzzard

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6 Hockcliffe Street
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 1HE
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Gill Smith left this review about The Bald Buzzard Ale House

Enjoyed our visit to this busy microbar which features in the 2019 Good Beer Guide. Beers on offer were Oakham Dragon in Bavaria and also Green Devil, Chiltern 300s Old Ale and Honey Porter. We had the Honey Porter which was fine. Also serve bottled beers,cider and wine, and various snacks.

On 18th February 2019 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Bald Buzzard Ale House

ORIGINAL REVIEW November 2015
This is a very fine example of a micro pub,there is lots of light in this former shop unit but the frosted glass means you retain some privacy while sampling the fine real ale.There is a bench seat along one wall,sensible sized tables on both sides,a small bench opposite the bar and room for vertical drinking while chatting to the guv'nor.The dark wood floor completed the scene.The number of barrels racked in the temperature controlled stillage has been increased which means you may have up to 5 choices,and Red Squirrel/Mad Squirrel now features large besides LBB so lots of Locale choice.My Mad Squirrel APA and LBB Rebel Yell were on top form.There is a selection of real ciders,wine,nuts,pork pies,scotch eggs,ploughmans,cheeses and toasties which all seemed the perfect accompanyment to the ale.The generous landlady also brought out some free snacks which was a lovely touch and naturally we got chatting.Conversation rules the roost here and it's very dog friendly so there are lots of people popping in and out .Due to a lack of economies of scale,this micropub doesnt charge micro prices but is in line with local pub ale pricing and hopefully is sustainable as such.A must visit in Leighton Buzzard and one of the best micro pubs I've visited in the UK.Recommended.

UPDATE
This is now the go to pub when in Leighton Buzzard and the ale selection had got better and better every year.The ale conditioning is perfect and by looking at the pump clip collection on the walls you can tell that only the very best brewers will feature here.Expect a real treat on Fridays when Oakham Green Devil IPA will appear ,and then disappear quickly ! Vinyl is discretely played at low volume from a turntable.Expect real ale discussion of the highest order with the guv'nor.Upgraded to full marks from me,an absolute must visit and stay a while to really enjoy.

On 18th February 2019 - rating: 10
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Aqualung . left this review about The Bald Buzzard Alehouse

This is now one of the older micropubs being well over two years old. It's run by a friendly couple who are a bit more mature than some micropub owners but younger than me! It's well described below and is a proper micropub with no TVs or music. I saw no sign of any spirits either. As far as size goes it's probably average or slightly smaller but there is low seating.
There were four beers on and three ciders on an early Thursday afternoon. These were Oakham JHB, Moon Landing & Black Hole Porter and a local Rockhopper Lonbrew. I went for the Moon Landing and Lonbrew both £3.60. The Moon landing was a new beer to me and was excellent while the Lonbrew was a lowish ABV pale with English hops so was very similar to countless beers. It was unfined but only had a slight haze and tasted fine. I noticed the cider was the same price as the Black Hole Porter (£3.80) so went for one of them which was also excellent.
This was easily my favourite of three Leighton Buzzard pubs visited and is a worthy GBG 2018 entry. My only disappointment was missing out on Dark Star Revelation which was due on next.

On 4th December 2017 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Leighton Buzzard, 0.85 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Cheddington, 4.99 miles, 1 hr 36 min walk (show)
Bow Brickhill, 7.7 miles, 2 hr 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Bald Buzzard Ale House, Leighton Buzzard
18th Feb 2019, 22:50
Review submitted by Gill Smith
 
18th Feb 2019, 16:00
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : No - Tiny yard at rear - last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Child Friendly : Yes - in rear courtyard only - last updated 18 February 2019 by Gill Smith
  • Darts : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Function Room : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Live Music : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Micropub : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by aleand hearty
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 18 February 2019 by Gill Smith
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 21 October 2015 by Will Larter
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
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