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The Ale House, Clitheroe

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12-14 Market Place
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Will Larter left this review about The Ale House

Occupying a double shop unit on the market square, the rather unimaginatively named Ale House is nevertheless an attractive building with an initial impression, once inside, of exposed stone and fairly rough timber cladding. The bar counter is to the right on entering, with five hand pumps, four of which had beers from Vocation brewery, the other being from Lincoln Green. The owner, apparently a taciturn man, swerved my attempts to make conversation. After asking for a half of the Lincoln Green Tuck, I tried him with "Are you all right?", then "This is my first time in Clitheroe", either of which could have provided some sort of opening, but his only response was "£1.70 please. Thank you very much." So I gave up and retired to the table near the door. The second room to the left has bottles and cans, and there are keg beers on the bar. Upstairs are the toilets and some additional seating. While I was there another man came in who turned out to be a regular, and he managed to get the owner to speak to him, so maybe it's just strangers he doesn't like.

Date of visit: 11th December 2019

On 3rd February 2020 - rating: 5
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Ale House

It's stated on their own site, along with What Pub that this is a micropub. Ok it might have started out as a micro, but I feel that they have changed their policies slightly here, what with four keg beers, piped music, three drinking areas and serving hot food, so in my opinion it is a small bar.
Whatever it is, we really enjoyed our visit and I thought they had a good selection of four cask ales on handpump. The pub was nicely kitted out with lots of reclaimed timber and some interesting pictures dotted around the place. I especially liked the collection of pictures the "Art of Making Guinness" which depicts 12 monthly processes in the art of producing a good pint of Guinness.
Back to the beer, four ales on our visit, which were Beer Monkey Blonde Rogue, Tyrrill Brewery Windermere IPA, Elland 1872 Porter and Deeply Vale Brewery All American. I went for the Windermere IPA and the Blonde Rogue, both were in great shape and only £2.80 a pint, the porter at 6.5% was priced at £3.80 a pint. I found this pub to have a good atmosphere and would return for the beer quality, selection and prices.

On 21st July 2018 - rating: 8
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Ale House

Visited on a weekday early afternoon earlier in the month. There are 5 or 6 hand pulls serving, at the time of my visit, two by Beer Monkey, one by Blackedge and Madog by Purple Moose. I had the Black Stout by Blackedge, which I have had before and found to be very enjoyable, and indeed was on top form at the Ale House. £1.60 for a half pint. Keg options were Berliner Pilsner, Squawk Milvus IPA, Beavertown Neck Oil and Thatchers Old Rascal cider. The keg taps are slightly hidden but pump clips (or whatever the keg equivalents are) are stuck to the bar so you can see what is available. There is also a big chalk board in the room off to the left listing all the cask and keg options. Gents are upstairs, where there is a further seating area which I assume is used as an overflow when downstairs gets busy. Definitely worth a look.

On 13th June 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by peter ashworth
Clitheroe, 0.18 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Whalley, 4.14 miles, 1 hr 20 min walk (show)
Langho, 6.09 miles, 1 hr 57 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Ale House, Clitheroe
3rd Feb 2020, 12:58
Review submitted by Will Larter
4th Jan 2020, 15:53
Picture submitted by Wynne Route approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 June 2016 by ROB Camra
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  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 23 June 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 23 June 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : Yes last updated 23 June 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 June 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 23 June 2016 by ROB Camra
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