Although it only opened in late 2012, the North Laine has quickly cemented itself as one of the town’s more bustling establishments. And that’s quite the feat, considering its size.
Half its appeal, especially for large groups of friends or post-workers, is its long wooden tables, scattered among the split-level space. The rest of its charms lie in the fact that it’s got its own microbrewery on site. It’s always got a variety of cask ales on the go – if you want to taste them all (and still survive the night) we say opt for the samplers. You’ll get three thirds of a pint, served on a board, with your choice of ales for £4. Bargain. The homemade pork pies and sausage rolls – served with piccalilli – are also a good shout.
If you’re a real ale fan, tag along to one of the brewery tours during the week. Love the brews? You can buy a mini keg of your favourite to take home with you. We’d go for Amber Sky or Laine’s Best.
Best Bars tip: The Wednesday quiz night – Quiz Kong – is one of the best in town.
— Heather Steele, @steeleheather