We’ve made it!!!! We’re in the 2017 and 2018 Good Beer Guides thanks to CAMRA members and Simon’s dedication to serving tip-top ales.
Our thoughts on beer
Like the rest of Britain, Devon has seen a renaissance in the brewing industry with dozens of brewers making hundreds of beers, our beer policy is for ‘quality over quantity’ thus we serve only two permanent beers on hand-pull this, combined with excellent cellarmanship, means we can guarantee the freshness of our ales.
Permanent Real Ales
We are renowned for having excellent regular Ales: Otter Amber (4% abv) brewed by Otter Brewery in Luppit, Devon, and the locals favourite Church Ledge (4%abv) a late hopped IPA brewed by Geoff at Noss Beer Works in nearby Lee Mill.
Guest Real Ale
During our busier trading periods, we add an additional beer to the bar, this could be from trusted local brewers such as New Lion (Totnes), Teignworthy, or from much farther afield (we have a passion for Yorkshire ales!!). At the last count, we’ve had over 200 different guest ales on the bar in the almost five years that The Durant has been our TLC – if you have any requests or favourites talk to us and we’ll try our best to source it.
Cider, Lager & Guinness
We always have a real cider available – usually from the West-country, plus a refreshing lightly sparkling draught cider from Aspalls. Lager drinking friends have the choice of the ubiquitous Carlsberg or for the more discerning we are one of only a handful of pubs in Devon to stock Warsteiner – a genuine German brewed pilsner and no pub bar line up would be complete without ‘the black stuff’ – our Guinness is always in tip-top condition.
We Love Gin!!
And it would appear so do you! We have around 20 different gins in stock from the well-known such as Hendricks & Plymouth. Also gaining in popularity are West Country distillers, such as Devon based Salcombe Gin which is hand-crafted and exceptionally smooth, it includes grapefruit along with lemon and lime to give a great citrus taste. A family-run Cornish distillery Tarquins adds Devon violets to their small batches to produce a well-balanced gin that is proving popular as is Conker Dry Gin from Dorset which they recommend just on the rocks. Most people won’t try a ‘G’ without a’ T’ and we serve Devon-made Luscombes tonic in three varieties … you decide. See our bar board for the ‘gin of the moment’ £4.50 single or £7.00 double including tonic.
Our wines are supplied by the excellent Christopher Piper Wines from Exeter, plus the very local Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve. Expect the usual staples plus a few left-field choices. A new favourite is White Rioja. Or bring a sparkle to any celebration with a glass of Bubbly.
JAZZ NIGHTS AT THE DURANT – The first Friday in every month from 7 pm, starting on 5 October, The Ronnie Jones Trio will play in the bar – FREE ENTRY