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I proudly declare myself a regular now and on a recent visit, the ever alluring bar was adorned with the always excellent locally produced Lymestone ‘Einstein’, Newby Wyke’s ‘England Expects’ (a stirring support to the efforts of our Rugby Team in the 6 Nations), Dark Star Sussex Extra Stout, all headliners admirably understudied by the ever present Joules Pale Ale. Upon arrival, your eye is automatically drawn to the board of beers, the anticipation of what delights await you that day. An extensive range of bottled beers from Blue Monkey amongst others, offer an alternative as does a hand pulled perry, scrumpy and ciders destined to make ‘The Holy’ memorable…or not, depending on the quantity consumed. And it is wonderful to see the local Freedom brewery represented on the bar too.
So what is the secret of the success? That’s the beauty. There is no great secret. The beers are kept immaculately, the knowledge of each brewery and its product are perfectly ‘sold’ by the staff to all that ask. The desire to grow and develop, to build on the success of all the beer festivals hosted, is paramount in the future of a pub whose reputation continues to grow.
Building development is imminent; oatcakes made on the premises are also in the planning. Bowls of Staffordshire lobby have made an appearance already, the continued sale of the local delicacy is undoubted and there are plans for 17 real ales on the bar as well as more live music and a food fayre. When chatting to all involved in the ‘Holy’, you can’t help but feel their excitement, enthusiasm and belief in where the pub is heading.
Two more things of note - the fascinating artwork, courtesy of a friend of landlord Paul that dresses the rooms is something that has to be seen. And finally the name? What is it’s origin? Why not pop in and ask yourself?