Beer & Cider buying guide
If you've got a pint glass to hand, we've got the beer, cider, lager or ale to fill it.Let us help you pick from brewed-in-Britain to exotic imports.
Lagers are clean, crisp and light in flavour, with a malty breadiness and pale golden colour. Like all beers, lagers have a wide flavour range — sample a few and taste for yourself.
- Taste: Mild & biscuity
- Colour: Light gold/straw
- Balance: Dry & crisp
Traditionally pressed from fermented apples, cider can be dry or sweet, cloudy or clear and still or sparkling. Often served over ice, new, fruity varieties like pear and berry are now yours to sip.
- Taste: Apple, berries & honey
- Colour: Light yellow/mid amber
- Balance:Sweet & crisp
Ale is a catch-all term for a variety of beers, which range from light and refreshing to full-bodied and rich. Ales are as diverse as the people who drink them.
- Taste: Caramel & fruit
- Colour: Deep gold/mahogany
- Balance: Smooth & bitter
IPA (Indian Pale Ale)
Shipped around the world by 19th century merchants, India Pale Ale is set apart from other ales by higher hops levels. IPAs have a unique bitterness and are often the showpiece of craft breweries.
- Taste: Hoppy & malted
- Colour: Deep gold/pale amber
- Balance: Aromatic & bitter
Originating in 1700s London, these smooth, dark beers are brewed from roasted grains. The roasting provides the deep colour and leaves the distinctive nutty, chocolatey flavour beloved of stout fans.
- Taste: Coffee & chocolate
- Colour: Dark brown/black
- Balance: Rich & roasted
Generally associated with Belgium and Germany, the brewing process for these beers uses wheat alongside barley. Wheat beers tend to have a sweeter, creamy taste and can be either clear or cloudy.
- Taste: Banana, cloves & citrus
- Colour: Pale gold/amber
- Balance: Fruity & spicy
Paring the right beer with the right dish can take a meal (or even a snack) from "just all right" to "amazing." Whether you want a nibble or a full meal, ready-made or from scratch, we can help you match food and drink you won't forget.