Sunday, 25 August 2013

Tillingbourne - The Source at the Onslow Arms, Clandon

I have a theory that a pint always, always tastes better after hours of exercise and fresh air. So it was I came upon a cask of Tillingbourne's "The Source" at the Onslow Arms, Clandon, a few short miles from the brewery at Shere.

After the recent Hog's Back disappointment I wasn't really holding out much hope, especially with an ABV of just 3.3% (Friday's Sole Star low-alcohol "experience" still affecting me) , but I was delighted to be proved wrong. 

This was a  deliciously fruity, hoppy number, richly floral and, of course, with citrus notes. It's a proper summer ale, refreshing and with a long, hoppy finish; the kind of pint you could enjoy all evening after a long day in the field.

The Onslow Arms is a typical Surrey Hills pub - classy, with a wealthy clientele; fitted out smartly with friendly waiting staff. It's quite clearly about the food, but as well as the Source there was also Tribute and Young's among the hand-pulled beers available. Very nice indeed. 

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