The Crown, Northolt
|September 25, 2011||Posted by Alec Fowler under Ale|
To the Crown, Northolt for the next couple of ales. The Crown in Northolt was my first real local pub. Although it has lost a bit of atmosphere through numerous revamps, it still offers a number of real ales which ensures that we keep returning.
We both enjoyed the Brakspear Oxford Gold at 4%. It had a perfect golden colour and was very fruity however there was not enough flavour to stand out as one of the best. As a result we moved on to the Marston’s EPA 3.6%. Marston’s operates 5 breweries across the UK, it first incarnation being traced back to the formation of the The Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries in 1890. However history of brewing at the site can be found from 1834. A light blond ale with a strong hoppy taste, offering more flavour that the Brakspear Oxford Gold, this was the champion of the night. The EPA got Dad’s vote and you know it is good when Mum gives it the thumbs up.
We considered another pint however the opening track from the local blues band saw us sup up and make a swift exit to the comfort of our living room. I would love to record the crown as one of my top pubs however it just does not cut it, despite a good offering of real ale, the atmosphere is not the best and the live band certainly did nothing to improve that in my opinion.
Oxford Gold ★★★☆☆