The Woolly Sheep – 2012

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Night Reviewed: Thursday

After the fairly souless experience one generally gets from drinking in a Wetherspoons, we decided the next port of call on our review list should be the Woolly Sheep for some history, an atmosphere and some really excellent ale.

Stepping into this Timothy Taylor pub is like going back in time – but in a good way. A recent refurb has modernised the interior somewhat, but thankfully most of the original features, which make parts of it feel like you’ve stepped into a Dickens novel, have been retained.

The addition of some covered decking in the beer garden at the rear is also great during the summer months, giving an inside/outside feel. In the winter when the fire is roaring this pub is just as welcoming.

On the evening we visited, as well as the usual Timothy Taylor ales, the guest ale was Kirkstall ‘Dissolution IPA’ (5%). This was truly delicious. The proliferation of micro-brewing in recent years has meant you normally know what to expect from an IPA, yet this was a pleasant break from the norm – very hoppy, yet a lovely unique flavour. Having sampled some other Kirkstall Brewery ales recently, we can safely say they’re ones to watch.

So overall, another excellent trip to this little boozer. Gaining two points on last year, it slots comfortably into second place so far in our overall ratings list for 2012.

Scores

Beer Choice (1 – 5): 5
Beer Quality (1 – 10): 9
Service (1 – 5): 5
Atmosphere (1 – 10): 9
Décor (1 – 5): 4.5

TOTAL:  (32.5 out of 35)

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