If you’re into your craft beers or just like the idea of somewhere off the beaten track then you’ll love this micro-brewery in Tintern.
Just a half an hour car ride from Newport, Kingstone Brewery in Monmouthshire has been brewing craft ale for the last 10 years and open their doors once a month to serve up their popular wood-fired pizzas.
As soon as I got wind of this exclusive night I hunted down their contact details and booked a table. There was no way I was missing out on what I had heard was something unique and not your average Saturday night out.
Deceiving from the outside, a wood shack converted into something far from ordinary. It wasn’t your typical taproom. Cosy and intimate with a few rustic touches and a log burner.
After we were shown to our table we ordered a beer (they also serve wine and spirits for you non-beer drinkers) and pizza at the bar.
We opted for the Abbey Ale and later had the Classic Bitter. If you’ve never tasted a craft beer before I’d recommend going for an IPA (Indian Pale Ale) it’s light and not too overwhelming in taste.
The pizzas are cooked in twos and fours just outside the taproom. Without over exaggerating, this was one of the yummiest pizzas I have ever tasted. There’s something that a wood burner does that an oven can’t. And the fact that they’re only cooked once a month somehow makes them taste better!
It was a no-brainer for me, I opted for the veggie pizza and Mat the meat. There are a few pizzas to choose from and you can also order a side salad (to lessen the guilt). The pizzas are enough for one unless there are little ones, who could easily share a pizza between two.
Mat savouring his meat pizza and trying hard not to get it down him!
When you’ve managed all the craft beer and pizza you can, head to the bottle shop. You might not return for a while so stock up on your favourite craft beer or better still buy one as a gift. We all know someone who’ll appreciate a Welsh crafted beer.
As a side note their taprooms hold functions when they’re not open to the public. And, because it’s a little out of the way they have their own accommodation in the form of log cabins, huts or tents. Check out their accommodation here on Canopy & Stars.
If the experience of the brewery wasn’t enough to satisfy you there’s the ancient monastery, Tintern Abbey that opened in 1131. It still stands tall to this day, leaving you with a lasting impression as you drive out of the remarkable Welsh village.