SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2018
Our local branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA voted The Flowing Spring Pub of the Year 2018. This is an immense achievement of which we are truly proud, having purchased the pub from Fuller's the previous summer. The Pub of the Year award is the CAMRA branch’s highest accolade. Out of 120 pubs in the branch area, the Flowing Spring was judged to be the best overall. To win the award, the pub must not only serve beer consistently in excellent condition, but provide a friendly environment and welcome to both regular customers and visitors and support for its local community.
We have been listed in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide for seven years running, including the 2019 edition and voted South Oxfordshire CAMRA Pub of the Season twice.
The Flowing Spring became a Free House on 30 June 2017 when Nick and Hazel bought the freehold from Fuller's having been Fuller's tenants at the pub for 6 years. As a Free House we have the freedom to stock a whole range of drinks to satisfy everyone, including those with dietary needs and preferences, just as we do when designing our meals. And, as a destination pub, with most customers taking the trouble to drive here, we think it’s right to offer a comprehensive range of alcohol-free drinks, including ales, lagers and ciders.
Our drinks information below features similar symbols to those on our food menus, with G denoting gluten-free and VN denoting vegan (also suitable for vegetarians, of course). We have also added A to denote low alcohol or alcohol-free content. It's worth noting that all our wines are vegan.
We stock Ridgeway from Tring Brewery (4.0%) as our permanent premium beer, brewed with English malts and fruity Styrian Goldings hops, and Fuller's ESB as our permanent strong one.
Our other four real ales constantly change, always with a session ale (under 4.0%) plus a fine selection from 4% upwards. Take a look at what ales are on now and what's coming up in the right hand column.
Please note most cask ales are neither gluten-free nor vegan.
In addition to the list below, we feature Still Ciders which change frequently and well worth a try.
DRAUGHT BEERS, STOUT, CIDER
We’re delighted to offer Young’s London Stout which won silver medal in the International Brewing Awards 2017, a delicious smooth pale ale from Hook Norton and the popular Hiver honey beer from South London which funds and supports pollinator charities. And we have an alcohol free beer on tap too: the top-selling Adnams Ghost Ship (0.5%).
We also feature still ciders (the big glass jars in the fridge) which are well worth a try.
Young’s London Stout 4.3% (VN,D)
Voted one of the best stouts in the world, so smooth and creamy (Bedfordshire)
Dorset Orchards Apple Bee Cider 4.5% (VN,D,G)
Beautifully crisp, clean and sparkling medium-dry cider exclusively using Dorset apples
Hiver 4.5% (D)
Pure British ingredients and raw honey in this gorgeous pale ale, funding bee pollinator charities across the UK
Hook Norton Cotswold Pale 4.4% (VN,D)
A beautiful creamy well-balanced beer from Hook Norton (Oxfordshire)
Adnams Ghost Ship 0.5% (D)
We used to sell this in bottles. Demand was so high we've put it on draught. It's a great tasting hoppy pale ale but just 0.5% alcohol (Southwold)
Amstel Bier (lager) 4.1% (VN,D)
A world favourite (Amsterdam)
San Miguel (pilsner style) 5.0% (VN,D)
The lager of holidays! First brewed in Manila in 1890, in Spain since 1954 and now here in the UK
Our range includes vegan, gluten-free and low alcohol beers and ciders for everyone to enjoy. VN= Vegan, G = Gluten-free, A=Alcohol free (or low alcohol).
Floris Framboise 3.6% 330ml (VN,D)
A deep red Belgian beer with 25% raspberry fruit juice (Melle, Belgium)
Lilley's Cherries and Berries Cider 4.0% 500ml (VN,D,G)
A refreshing cider laced with the flavours of cherries and berries (Frome)
Gluten-Free Peroni Nastro Azzurro 5.1% 330ml (VN,D,G)
The premium Italian beer with gluten removed (Vigevano, Italy)
Hollows & Fentimans Ginger Beer 4.0% 500ml (VN,D,G)
Botanically brewed, all natural ingredients, gluten-free (Hexham)
Wold Top Marmalade Porter 5.0% 500ml (VN,D,G)
A rich, dark porter with hints of coffee, chocolate and orange - and it's gluten-free! (Yorkshire)
Hop Back Crop Circle 4.2% 500ml (G)
This popular, naturally gluten-free beer is made with maize instead of barley, accredited by the Coeliac Society. Straw, crisp and hoppy (Salisbury)
ALCOHOL-FREE BEERS, CIDER, STOUT
Bernard Amber 0.5% 500ml (D,A)
Dark caramel with Saaz hops from Bohemia, a favourite here with ale drinkers fancying another beer (Czech Republic)
Adnams Sole Star 0.9% 500ml (VN,D)
A beautiful amber beer with caramel notes balanced by hoppy bitterness. Not quite alcohol-free at 0.9%. (Southwold, Sussex)
Harvey's Old Ale 0.5% 275ml (VN,D,A)
Rich and dark, it’s soft and full bodied, with touches of toffee, dried fruits and smoke (Lewes, Sussex)
San Miguel 0.0% 330ml (VN,D,A)
Malty notes of barley deliver a subtle roasted flavour, with balanced bitterness to deliver great beer refreshment
Sheppy's Cider 0.5% 500ml (VN,D,G,A)
From Sheppy’s comes this highly tasty, medium-dry, alcohol-free cider in a 500ml bottle (Taunton)
Super Bock 0.5% 330ml (D,A)
A full-flavoured and big-bodied stout (Portugal)
Bavaria Wit Bier 0.0% 330ml (D,A)
A cloudy, thirst-quenching wheat beer (Lieshout, Netherlands)
All our wines are suitable for vegans, supplied by our local independent wine merchant.
il Caggio Pinot Grigio (D,G)
Delicately refreshing with fresh green apple and citrus flavours (Venice)
Brisa Sauvignon Blanc (VN,D,G)
Fresh and fruity with a zest finish (Chile)
Barton & Guestier Viognier (VN,D,G)
Honeysuckle, peach, pear and tropical fruit aromas. Well-balanced with a round texture and a long fruity and floral finish. Very drinkable (France)
Le Dolci Colline Prosecco Brut (20cl and 75cl bottles) (VN,D,G)
Light, zesty and versatile (Italy)
Vistamar Brisa Merlot (VN,D,G)
Elegant bramble fruit, smooth and rounded tannins (Chile)
Pablo Y Walter Malbec (VN,D,G)
Notes of violets, ripe plums and blueberry tones make this wine very drinkable (Argentina)
Barton & Guestier Cabernet Sauvignon (VN,D,G)
Opulent and full-bodied with intense black fruit aromas and an oaky finish (France)
El Meson Rioja Crianza (VN,D,G)
This modern Tempranillo has lively red fruit complemented by a touch of vanilla and spice, fine acidity and smooth tannins (Spain)
Feather Falls Zinfandel (VN,D,G)
Aromas of fresh cherries and watermelon. On the palate, juicy ripe strawberries and sweet candy (California)
Maison de Vigneron (Cotes de Gascogne) (VN,D,G)
Well balanced dry fruity rosé with wild berry aromas and a smooth round finish (France)
We also stock a range of soft drinks, all vegan and gluten-free and, of course, a range of spirits.
We do not stock any spirits or other brands owned by Diageo.
AND FORTHCOMING CASK ALES
Palmers Copper Ale 3.8%
Tring Ridgeway 4.0%
Hook Norton Autumn Ways 4.2%
Hadrian Border Secret Kingdom 4.3%
Adnams Broadside 4.7%
Fuller's ESB 5.5%
Rudgate Vanilla Mild 3.6%
McMullen AK 3.7%
Calvors Smooth Hoperator 4.0%
Black Sheep Flying Circus 4.5%
Hook Norton Old Hooky 4.8%
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