Few things are as warming on a frosty morning as a trip to a good pub and there aren’t many better than the Prince Of Wales. The Prince of Wales is a pub in the truest sense of the word. Located in the village of Foxfield, just over the road from the train station it doesn’t take long to notice that beer is the focus here. The Foxfield Brewery is based here and the car park is piled high with all sorts of kegs and casks, immediately setting the tone of this quirky country pub.
In September 1996 Lynda and Stuart Johnson bought the pub, previously having started and ran the Tigerops Brewery in Wakefield. From an initially small but loyal group of regulars the pubs fanbase has grown, through word of mouth alone to a point where many regularly travel to Foxfield just for the Prince of Wales. The pubs own microbrewery is situated in the stables at the back and creates an ever changing and ever experimental selection of brilliant ales.
I began with a pint of the only (at the time) Foxfield beer on tap. Kiwi Pale is a refreshing golden ale, with a lovely aroma coming from the (presumably) New Zealand hops. Coming in at 4.1% it also makes for a very easy drinking and enjoyable session beer. I could have quite happily had one or two more but the purpose of this visit was research (thinly veiled) so it was onto the next one.
The second pint arrived just in time for the food, a delicious and hearty sausage and egg sandwich. I had opted for a pint of Flowerdew from Townhouse Brewery in Staffordshire (I was unable to find a website). Similar in strength to the first pint at 4.0%. The first thing that hits you is the bouquet, as the name suggests this is a very floral beer. Much hoppier than the Kiwi Pale with a subtle bitterness and leaving you with a lovely citrusy finish, this was another fine pint.
Moving further down the bar, next on the list was Vital Spark brewed by Fyne Ales Scotland. Quite a change from the first two but by no means the worse for it. Roasted malts give this beer a much, much darker colour with a deep red hue. At 4.4% it is also the strongest of the three. With strong aromas coming from the roast malt and berries this is a surprisingly drinkable porter style beer. The taste comes again from the roasted malt but there are also deep fruity notes. Not normally much of a fan of darker beers so this was a very pleasant surprise.
Sadly although I could have quite happily stayed all day, after the third pint it was time to head off. The Prince of Wales is a gem of a pub with a warm and friendly atmosphere, wholesome food (the pasties are amazing) and great selection of beers both on tap and a huge selection of bottled ones.The Prince of Wales is perfect for a relaxing afternoon, a few drinks and a spot of lunch.
I will be back again soon.