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What’s the best food to eat with beer?

30th January 2014

What is the perfect food to eat with a pint of real ale? Crisps, peanuts, pork scratchings? Well stuff all that, we’ve pulled together a list of some PROPER food to scoff while you sip. Which one tickles your tastebuds?

British Tapas at The Exeter Arms – Home-made scotch egg and sausage rolls, Owen Taylor pork pie wedge, black pudding, allotment piccalilli, pickled onions, skin-on chips and pork scratchings (seems like we can’t keep them away). Said to be the first of its kind in the UK, it’s “all the best elements of pub grub on one plate,” according to The Exeter’s Denise Sage.

Cheese at The Tap – Five thirds-of-a-pint from the Derby Brewing Company and a bowl of locally-sourced cheese in what’s called The Rack. Why cheese? Well, beer journalist Melissa Cole says: “Beer is quite simply, the most natural partner for cheese you could choose.” So what are you waiting for?

Pig Board at the Silk Mill Ale and Cider House - Home-made sausage rolls, cold roast pork belly, sticky mustard pigs in blankets, half pork pie, bacon popcorn. English mustard and Apple sauce. “The perfect porky platter to go with a pint!” says manager Martin Roper.

Samosas at the Furnace Inn – Hang on, samosas? With beer? And free to boot? Luke Elston from the Furnace reckons the traditional Indian fare goes very well with beer indeed: “Spicy food awakens the tastebuds. They go really well with beer, especially hoppy beer.”

Pyclets at the…. Market… - OK, so they are not sold with a pint but for a fabulous snack after a drink at the nearby Ye Olde Dolphin Inne, The Pyclet Parlour in Derby’s Market Hall is worth the short walk. Plus, the idea for the pyclet-making was sparked over a pint in the pub. Smoked salmon and horseradish cream; Colston Basset Stilton, honey and walnuts; ham and home-made piccalilli, the options go on and on.

Why not take in some of our great pub grub during your visit to the National Winter Ales Festival from February 17 - 20 2016.