Back in the early nineties I lived in Madeley, a small town on the edge of the Ironbridge Gorge and though I didn’t often go out to the pub in those days, when I did I would take the short walk through Madeley’s Old Town to have a pint at The All Nations.
I didn’t know anything about beer back then, or even that The All Nations was at that point something of a rarity being a pub that brewed its own beer, I just knew that the beer tasted good and was inexpensive.
Since becoming interested in this thing that we call beer I have been telling myself that I must go back to the All Nations and see what it’s like and so at the weekend I hopped in a cab and made the short journey across Telford to visit the pub that began life as the front room of someone’s house.
Unfortunately the brewery is currently being refurbished and so I wasn’t able to drink the house beer, but the tiny bar has four handpulls to choose from and the beer on offer was kept very well, the highlight being a pint of Wye Valley’s HPA.
The little pub space is comfortable and warm and inviting and as we walked in the locals all said hello.
We got talking to the Landlord and Jim showed us through the bar and into the brewhouse, giving us a brief history of the pub, its beer and plans for the future.
The brewery will be up and running again later this year and will have a ten barrel production that will see The All Nations back to where it was when I first got to know it.
We left the pub full of enthusiasm for a friendly and comfortable little pub nestled on the side of Ironbridge Gorge and made plans to return to try the house beer.
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