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The Borehole, Stone

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Mount Road Industrial Estate
Stone
ST15 8LL
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Borehole

A pleasing brick Victorian industrial outbuilding,this is the brewery tap for Lymestone.There is a bar to the right and a couple of high tables,the main body of the interior is to the left and winds around to a snug area around a corner ,with draughtmans designs on the walls.The interior has industrial style carpet squares and the whitewashed walls give quite a stark finish although the furniture is mixed yet traditional.Through a corridor is a rear beer garden ,while to the front there is a paved area with benches.
It has a friendly local boozer atmosphere ,and was busy on a Thursday evening with lots of regulars popping in and then out again.There is a mix of ages and being dog friendly a lot of mutts had brought their owners along for a pint.No muzak,machines or flatscreens and lots of chatter give this a micropub feel but it is large enough to be fairly described as a Tap.
There are 7 handpumps offering 6 from Lymestone ,on my visit Stone Fired,Stone Cutter,Stone the Crows,Ein Stein,Foundation Stone (well kept £3.05) and seasonal Stonefish MILD with a further handpump dedicated to a real cider.Artisan gin was proving popular with the ladies and I noted food available at some lunchtimes.
Lymestone are a decent brewer but not in the Premiership IMHO ,so although this is the place to try their ale,the longish walk from town may need to be born in mind.It is however quite close to the station.Not quite in the same league as the other two GBG entries for Stone,The Swan Inn and the Royal Exchange but pleasant enough .

On 25th May 2019 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The Borehole

On a recent tour of most of Stone's pubs, this was the only one where I had more than just a half - this was more because I arrived late (train delayed by points failure) and took a while to catch up with the others on the route, than any deficiency in the quality of the other pubs. Also, it has to be said, I wanted to try some Lymestone beers, which I have not seen more than once or twice before. I went for Stone Faced and Stone the Crows, which were both very good, then branched out onto the one guest beer in the line up, Vale brewery's Black Swan Mild, from Brill in the Vale of Aylesbury. All the beers were in very good condition, and tasters were offered with enthusiasm. We all had a good time here and I would be happy to return.

On 3rd April 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Borehole

Converted from an office building for the defunct Bent’s Brewery, this is now a very pleasant tap for the Lymestone Brewery who are conveniently located a short distance away in part of the old Bent’s premises. The pub has a bit of a micro pub feel to it and is certainly far removed from the railway arch/industrial estate brewery bars found across London these days. A lot of effort has gone into creating a very cosy two room bar with the feel of a traditional pub. You enter past a couple of outdoor benches, into a whitewashed room with seating to the left and the servery to the right. The bar has a simple counter with blackboards to the left listing the draught options and shelves on the bar back displaying the bottled beer range. The lounge area to the left of the entrance is very well presented, offering some high quality pub furniture including pews around a lit stove, low stools, standard chairs and a low bench draped with a sheepskin rug. An eclectic mix of items can be found on sideboards and in the window sills, such as bottles, beer glasses, lamps, taps and some marvellous old Double Diamond and Trophy Bitter lights. The walls have been decorated sparingly with brewery signs, mirrors, posters and a yard of ale vessel. There is a piano in the front corner and the porch is lined with hops and has a few barrels stacked on top. In the far corner there is a door through to a second room which is served by the same stove and has a mix of regular chairs and some sofas. There is a nice map of the local area on the wall and a stack of board games on a table. The pub is dog friendly - in fact I was the only customer not to have brought a dog with me, and one particular canine was going nuts, barking at a wicker dog sculpture that was stood next to the bar!
A good selection of Lymestone beers were available on handpull, with options on this visit consisting of Stone Cutter, Stone the Crows, Nose to the Grindstone, Stone Faced, Stone Brood, Ein Stein and Foundation Stone plus a guest of Great Newsome Out Foxed. The barman was very friendly and chatty and he helped me figure out what sort of beer I wanted from a selection of beers I’d never previously encountered. The full range of Lymestone bottled beers were available from the fridges and take outs and gift packs were being advertised.
I thought this was a wonderful little pub and a great showcase for the Lymestone Brewery and their beer. I could very easily have spent me entire afternoon here working my way through the full range of ales and would suggest that this place sets the bar very high for breweries of a similar size who wish to open their own on site bar. A really enjoyable visit and a must do when in Stone.

On 30th December 2016 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Aqualung .
Stone, 0.37 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Barlaston, 2.72 miles, 52 min walk (show)
Wedgwood, 3.32 miles, 1 hr 4 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 25 May 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 14 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 25 May 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 14 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : No - Basic food offerings at lunchtimes - last updated 25 May 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Jukebox : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 14 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 11 January 2016 by Aqualung .
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