Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sail Ale Trail?

A little out of town this one but quirky enough to merit a line or two I think. Being a frequent visitor to the north Norfolk coast I like to investigate any new GBG entry, especially if the pub is somewhat out of the ordinary and/or Woodfordes Wherry is involved. The Albatros scores big time on both counts.

Moored in Wells-next-the-Sea's little harbour and serving an excellent pint of the norky nectar, this one hundred year old Dutch sailing barge is also available for charter when not gainfully employed as the town's most popular real ale venue. Two beers are generally available on gravity and both usually supplied by the Woodbastwick brewery.

The single below-decks drinking area also finds room for regular live music (god knows how!) and an interesting (though pricey) menu full of locally caught produce might persuade you to tarry a while. Just getting down to the bar is challenge enough though and I would imagine returning to the quayside after a session on the Nelson's Revenge is downright dangerous!

The Albatros is great fun and immensely popular with families - a must visit if touring this beautiful coastline! More about the history of this remarkable old vessel can be found here.

Interestingly this is the only CAMRA beer guide entry for Wells in the latest edition, with last year's Edinburgh Hotel failing to meet the criteria despite being the busiest I've ever seen it and serving a larger selection of ales than before. Round the corner The Globe was suffering from poor quality Adnams and an identity crisis!


SheyMouse said...

I went to the Albatros last summer. What a great little venue. They had pancakes on the menu, which were an excellent accompaniment to some great beer.
We went back in the evening and they managed to cram a three piece acoustic band to the left of the bar which sang kooky folk-ish songs. A great evening was had all round.
I'd love to mention which beers they had on at the time, but, er, um, I can't remember. :-D

Festa said...

That looks like a big lift to get a barrel on the bar. I also wonder what they do if both barrels run off during the same session?