The Ales

Here at the Black Venus Inn we are very passionate about beer. We always have at least two local cask ales on tap, and we pride ourselves on keeping them in tip-top condition so that every pint, from the first to the last of the barrel, tastes as good as it can do.

But you shouldn't just take our word for it - We are featured in The Good Pub Guide

Matching Food With Beer

For centuries, beer and food have been enjoyed together as part of the good life. Beer’s broad range of flavors, aromas and textures makes it a perfect match for nearly any kind of food, from handmade sausages to the most luxurious gourmet dishes. Choosing beers and foods that enhance one another requires paying attention to the gustatory qualities of each.

Match strength with strength. It is simply common sense that delicate dishes work best with delicate beers.It is equally true that strongly-flavored foods demand assertive beers. With beer, flavor intensity involves a variety of qualities such as alcoholic strength, malt character, hop bitterness, sweetness, richness and roastiness.

Practice makes perfect. Not every pairing works as expected—this can be fun if you learn to appreciate the unexpected. Build on the things that work and keep seeking those magic combinations.

Consider seasonality. The warm summer months favor light foods and beers while heartier fare works best in winter. The beers and foods of a given season pair naturally together and suit the mood as well.

Contrast and complement. All beer and food combinations should involve both of these principles. Some pairings will be more dependent on contrast, others on complementary flavors. All should strive for some kind of balance.