I’m writing a few articles about ale at the moment. One of them is on the classic British Pub and how different they are. That made me think of one of the good ones in Southampton called The Guide Dog, so I thought I would introduce you.
The Guide Dog Public House
There is a small pub just outside of Southampton city centre in Bevois Valley called The Guide Dog. Their range of beers is fantastic and they really champion local and national independent breweries. They have black boards which list the real ales that are on tap that day and there is normally a choice of eleven. They are available in pints, two thirds of a pint, half pints and thirds.
In addition to the four regular ales, the others change frequently and include beers from a wide range of independent brewery’s such as Bowman, Flack Manor, Flowerpots, Itchen Valley, Long Dog, Plain Ales, Red Cat, Tiny Rebel, Triple fff and XT Brewery’s to name a few.
Recently the owners have extended the bar area by refurbished a second smaller room. It features beer keg stools and beer badges on the wall.
As a result, The Guide Dog is a pub that I really enjoy visiting. The staff are friendly and efficient and the beers are exceptionally well kept, something the landlord is quite rightly proud of. They were voted Southern Hampshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014 and were finalists in 2016.
The Guide Dog, 38 Earls Road, Southampton SO14 6SF