The Butchers Arms @ Balscote
We are one of few pubs that serves our beer straight from the barrel to enhance the drinking experience. We are proud to serve the locally brewed Hook Norton Ale, we always carry Hooky Best with a selection of the others depending on the weather and time of year. We also have available Manns Brown which has been a wonderful success with both the Bitter and the Dark. For those with a more adventurous taste we always look to carry the Hook Norton seasonal ales. Take a look below at the monthly ale available throughout the year. We occasionally have guest ales from other regional breweries so keep an eye on this website for details. We also have been awarded the Cask Marque, this is a sign that appears outside pubs guaranteeing that inside you will get a great pint of cask ale. At The Butchers we offer a wide selection of drinks to tempt everyone’s palate.
In additional to our real ales we also serve two Westons ciders, Stowfords Press and a stronger Westons "Scrumpy" cider both perfect drinks for a warm summers day.
We offer two lagers, Carling & Carlsberg. Draught Guinness is also available plus a small selection of bottled beers, ciders and ale.
We also stock the quality Pipers Crisps & Snacks, some unusual flavours that are just prefect to compliment your preferred drinks.
We have a selection of 3 Red, 3 White and a Rosé wine from our local vintner.
Villa Romero – Pinot Grigio – 12%. A light straw colour. A fresh frisky wine crunchy green apple bouquet, bright and fresh on the palate
Vicuna – Chillian – Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – 13%. A delicious blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon creating a fresh bouquet and a palate of vibrant fruits unhindered by oak.
Fiarfield – New Zealand – Sauvignon Blanc – 13%. An intense white peach and nectarine aroma, these beautiful fresh fruits provide a full palate and a lingering finish.
Vicuna – Chillian – Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot – 13%. A soft fruit red wine is a sumptuous blend of Cabernet and Merlot creating forward fruit and easy drinkability.
Peplers Field – South African – Pinotage Merlot – 13.5%. A taste combination of strawberries, dried fruit minty and mocha flavours.
Rowlands Brook – Australian – Shiraz Cabernet – 14.5%. A blend of red grape combines a soft spicy blackberry tones of Shiraz with the juicy blackcurrant flavours of ripe Cabernet.
Angels Flight – Californian – White Zinfandel – 11%. It is a light to medium bodied wine with bright aromas of strawberry and water melon.
Along side these we also carry a selection on Vitas Country Wines including Blackbeer and Raisin, Cherry and Apple.
We carry a wide selection of blend and malt whisky’s. Every month we carry a different monthly whisky from a small or interesting distillery.
Our Monthly whisky range is…
Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky This single malt whisky defines our ‘house style’ being distilled in our unique copper pot still, matured in bourbon barrels, finished in rich Madeira wine casks and bottled at premium strength. The whisky is smooth, light in character and softly golden in colour. At premium strength (46% vol) Penderyn has an exceptionally balanced taste with an aroma of cream toffee and fleetingly of fresh new leather. Then, as the initial sensations fade, the finishing notes of tropical fruits, raisins and vanilla emerge strongly and are long lasting.
Drumguish – Scotland Weeist Distillery Drumguish is a five year single malt whisky produced at the Speyside Distillery. Drawing from the wonderful crystal clear waters of the River Tromie, The Speyside Distillery houses some of the smallest, yet most cleverly proportioned stills in Scotland. These two key factors, allied to our distilling secrets, that have been passed from generation to generation, have earned Speyside the reputation of 'the best whisky in the world'. The pure local water coloured and flavoured by the peat of the Cairngorm mountains, together with the fine malted barley from the Moray Firth region, and, of course, our unsurpassed attention to detail.
Pale mid amber in colour with old gold highlights. A soft and medium-sweet nose. Quite fresh with a slight menthol character, gently peated with a slight earthy touch.
The Macallan – 10 year old A 10 year old from the Macallan matured in sherry casks. Macallan uses only Golden Promise barley, and actually use up 90% of the annual crop of Golden Promise in Scotland ! The nose is quite light and clean. There are notes of rubbed petals and apple b lossom and hot pastries. Marmalade emerges with notes of sherried peels and barley sugars, vanilla fudge provides sweetness. The palate is of medium-body and well-rounded. There are notes of walnut and salty melted butter. Hints of fudge and crème anglaise. The finish is of medium-length and quite oaky.
A subtly balanced, golden bitter, hoppy to the nose, malty on the palate - the classic session beer, eminently drinkable.