Back To Work

A new beer arrives and we all get back from holiday…

As the barometer steadily rises we get stuck back into work and we’re bringing a new beer keg behind the bar.

The team has returned to work!

It’s business as usual here as we all crack back on with our duties. The drive back from Bowland was one that we’re not going to forget about for a while – something that you don’t usually say about the journey back from a holiday. We had all struggled to get back on our feet after ‘just a few pints’ had (inevitably) turned into a heavy drinking session. Although the drive should have only taken a couple of hours, the road back was certainly not as smooth as it was on the way there.

The last thing we needed driving back home from holiday was driving rain and gale force wind – but that’s what we got. As we crawled our way back to The Greyhound we all found ourselves dreaming of past holidays which were, surprisingly, all a long way from our current miserable conditions. The minibus soon became a sounding board for all of our favourite holidays: villas in south France, camping in Mexico and hunting lodges in Scotland were amongst just a few of the highlights. Before we knew it the journey was done and we were back to work!

June Brings A New Beer and Tasty Food

Summer always has a way of sneaking up on you…

Although it might just feel like a couple of months since we were all shivering in our boots, we’re certainly not shivering anymore!

It’s been getting warmer and warmer since we got back from our little trip away and we’ve all been busier as a result. Pubs provide the kind of respite and comfort that is so vital to the British weather. During the biting Winter, when the wind cuts right through a man, they provide a warm cosy place to find refuge in and during the long summer they’re a perfect place to while away the blissful balmy evenings.

Although there are a couple of us here who love nothing more than a warming pint of Stout on a cold Winter’s day, I think we’re all united in our love for a refreshing pint of IPA during the Summer. We happen to believe that there’s nothing better than a decent pint of ale, a platter of complementary pub grub and good company on a Summer’s day – so it’s a good thing that we all work in a pub!

We’ve spent the last few weeks prepping The Greyhound for the coming onslaught of the Summer peak season, as well as trying to watch as much of the World Cup as possible. At the moment it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be lifting the trophy in July – we might even see England take the title! In the mean time thought, we’ll just focus on bringing you some lovely new beer to try.

After the roaring success of last month’s beer, Tribute, we’re happy to reveal June’s beer…

Coming from a little further afield than Cornwall, this month’s beer is made by a company with considerably less years on the clock than St. Austell’s Brewery. Born in 1996, Three Floyds started out with a handful of junk-parts and have since grown into one of America’s most celebrated independent breweries. Based in Munster, Indiana, this initially small team has slowly expanded over the last two decades, producing such a wide variety of inventive beverages that it has become truly impossible to pigeon hole them.

Take their Owd Engwish Barrel-Aged Barley Wine, this English-style wine is aged for a year in barrels from Kentucky’s Bourbon County, whilst their Space Station Middle Finger is a gloriously riotous golden American Pale Ale which is as vibrant in the mouth as you’d expect it to be. We’ve taken a bit of a risk with this shipment, as the beer is certainly a left-field choice that’s likely not to be to everyone’s taste, but we’re hoping that curiosity will get the better of most of our regulars.

Dreadnaught Indian Pale Ale is the intimidatingly named Imperial IPA that packs more than a considerable punch in terms of both ABV and hops. Weighing in at a strength of 9.5%, we wouldn’t recommend spending a whole evening drinking this, but it certainly makes for a good start to a session. We’ll have this on tap for the rest of the month or until it runs out, so get it whilst you can!

We’re all happy to be back to work and can’t wait to crack on with Summer!

New Noodles from Jess plus July’s Beer of the Month

Sip some history with a hot bowl of noodles this month…

We’re keeping this fresh this month with a summer bowl of goodness from one of our new starters paired with one of the UK’s oldest beers.

Who’s ready for noodles?

We’re dead proud of the work our chefs have put into this new dish and we know they can’t wait to serve it up for you.

The food we make here at The Greyhound pays tribute to the thousands of miles that our founder Charles Breakforth covered as a merchant trader in the 19th century. Like our founder, the chefs that we hire are cut from a different cloth. They’re innovative, adventurous and invariably a little mad, but they’re all joined together by their love for travelling. Although we’re proud to have served some of our dishes for upwards of 10 years now, we know there’s always room for improvement, so every month we ask our chefs to dream up a new dish that champions an exotic ingredient or puts a cunning twist on a classic.

This month our new starter Jess has been guided through the creation process by head chef Rory to produce a new dish that should put a smile on the face of any backpacker who’s visited South East Asia. Jess and Rory’s Sweet & Sticky Pad Thai takes everything that’s great about this classic noodle dish and add a deliciously carnal twist to the proceedings that makes this bowl impossible to resist. We’ll let Jess explain further:

“When I was travelling through Thailand last year I became totally addicted to Pad Thai. I’d never been that adventurous with my food choices before, mostly sticking to British and French classics when I cook, so watching the amazing Thai chefs out there I was blown away by how quickly these fantastic dishes could be smashed out. By the end of my trip I’d enrolled in a course of lessons in Thai cookery so that I could keep feeding my new habit when I got back home.

Rory helped me develop this dish into something more than just a standard Pad Thai. Instead of stir-frying all the ingredients together, we prepare the chicken separately. Thigh meat is stripped from the bone, sliced and then soaked over night in a super sticky marinade. We fire this chicken over our charcoal grill and stack them on the bowl of noodles at the pass: a BBQ twist on a Thai classic and hopefully something Charles would approve of!

July’s Beer of the Month…

A little longer than the tooth than most, but certainly a brew to still pay attention to, Bishops Finger Kentish Strong Ale happens to be one of the oldest brews in the UK from Britain’s oldest brewer. Whilst there are an endless tide of new beers and craft brewers cropping up in the UK every week, we though it would be a good idea to devote a tap this month to a beer that wouldn’t have been much different to what our founder would have quaffed. Officially founded in 1698, there is evidence to suggest that Shepherd Neames (as it’s been known since 1864) has been operating a good deal longer.

Bishops Finger was the first beer developed by the venerable brewers after malt rationing was eased in the UK which allowed them to make it their strongest yet. Thanks to the local water, hops and barley that have been used to make it since 1958, Bishop’s Finger EU Protected Geographical Indication. This is a quintessentially British beer that delivers on a roasty toffee sweetness whilst still packing a bitter fruity after-punch.

We’ll be keeping this popular ale on tap until the end of the month, so why not come down and sip a pint or two with us?

April’s Beer of the Month & New Additions

Can you feel the weather getting warmer?

Spring is finally here and we’ve made a raft of refreshing changes to our lineup here at the Greyhound including a fresh (typically tasty) beer of the month and a new crew of friendly faces!

April’s Beer of the Month is…St. Austell Brewery’s Tribute!

Just like our pub, Tribute has got a fantastic heritage that has helped it become one of the most popular ales in the country. Originally brewed in 1999 as a limited edition beer celebrating the total eclipse, Daylight Robbery (as it was known then) was simply too good to be forgotten. The recipe was kept safe so that it could later be relaunched under the name of Tribute, a literal ‘tribute’ to the drinkers, brewers and workers who had contributed to the success of St. Austell Brewery’s, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2001.

Within a year of re-launching over 1,000,000 pints of the golden pale ale had been sold, making Tribute one of the most popular beers in the country and all of this before the explosion of popularity that was soon to completely revitalise the drinks industry in the UK. By 2004 Tribute was crowned Champion Beer of Cornwall and was in sale nationwide in supermarkets, as well as being in high demand in public houses.

It’s been nearly 20 years sine this iconic pale ale was first put into production, yet it’s popularity refuses to wane. The beer has kept in the spotlight with a string of high-profile sponsorship deals, with Hackney cabs in London, international rugby players and county cricket teams alike proudly emblazoning the Tribute branding. You’ll also spot this mighty Cornish brew up in the air on both Flybe and British Airway flights – they’re also an official partner of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

There’ll be a constant supply of Tribute on sale at The Greyhound for the rest of the month if you fancy popping down and seeing what all the fuss is about.

New Smiling Faces!

As some of our regulars might well have noticed, there are a handful of new faces both behind and in front of the bar. Last month we said goodbye to Alex and Laura, both of whom had worked with us since the age of 16! The pair of intrepid explorers have been earnestly saving for well over a year so that they can run off on a whirlwind trip all around the world. We wish them the very best of luck and look forward to tracking their progress as they go.

Although we knew we were always going to struggle replacing such characters as Alex and Laura, we’re happy to welcome not one, not two, but three new faces in to fill their positions behind the bar and in front of house. Jake is just 15 years old but he’s keen as mustard and ready to take your food orders. Paula is 19, a keen traveller herself, but has promised to not go jetsetting for at least 6 months, she’ll be working behind the bar. Finally, we’ve got a new sous chef in the kitchen in the shape of Jess, 24. A recent college graduate, she’s looking to cut her teeth on our brand new Empire-themed menu.

Don’t hesitate to say hello to our new starters, they’re all chomping at the bit to meet you all!