Portly Drinks | Gamma Ray American Pale Ale | Beavertown Brewery

Gamma Ray is this week’s addition to Portly Drinks, I had it a few weeks ago in a Vegan Restaurant Stem and Glory in Cambridge. I’m already a fan of Beavertown, being a particularly partial to their ‘Neck Oil’ brew. Gamma Ray is a wonderful session beer, that as they say at Beavertown ‘You can…

Portly Drinks | Rapture Red Hop Ale | Magic Rock Brewery

This week’s drink comes from Magic Rock Brewery up in Huddersfield.  It’s a deeply hoppy red ale which uses a combination of 5 malts and 6 different types of hops to create a flavourful and full bodied ale coming in at a reasonable 4.6%. Magic Rock was founded by two brothers and their brewer mate,…

Portly Drinks | Clean Water Lager | Brewgooder

Craft beer has exploded in recent months and I must say I’m loving it.  You really cannot beat a refreshing quality beer.  We start this new series with a particularly good beer. Good on two levels as well. Not only does Clean Water Lager taste fantastically refreshing with its subtle hoppy notes, unique to the…

Portly Drinks | Gin from’The Shop’

I love me a Gin and Tonic, my favourite being from a local distillery to me called English Spirit. Their ‘Dr J’s Gin’ is wonderful! It is however, £38 a bottle, more than worth it trust me, once you try it you’ll see what I mean. That being said it turns out that Aldi’s Oliver…

Portly Drinks | SIX | Cambridge

I went to SIX the other night, unfortunately I only had a bottle of beer (bad planning). I would however recommend it. SIX sits atop The Varsity Hotel in Cambridge. It has an extensive drinks list and they know how to make a good cocktail! It also has a fab roof terrace which has stunning…

Portly Eats | Rack of Lamb | Browns, Cambridge, UK

So then, last week I was very kindly invited to Browns in Cambridge for some fabulous food and cocktails. I’ll be honest I had never been before although had always heard good things. We walked in and were welcomed and invited to sample the offerings from Browns cocktail menu. Recently I’ve been mad for anything…

Portly Drinks | Gin and Tonic | Station Tavern, Cambridge

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the opening of a brand new pub in Cambridge, The Station Tavern. Situated next to the train station. It’s the perfect place to grab something to eat and have a quick drink before jumping on your train and heading off on your travels, or a good…

Portly Drinks | Campari Spritz | Benedetto’s, Cambridge

Aperitivo a tradition I picked up on when living in Italy. What could be better than to enjoy the slowly setting sun with a glass of something nice. Since I first tried them in a random bar on the east coast of Italy I’ve been addicted to campari spritz. Benedetto’s on Quayside in Cambridge fueled…

Portly Drinks | Coffee in Italy

Coffee, along with Pizza, Pasta and Scooters it’s stereotypically Italian. Just look at the big chains like Costa and Starbucks selling the Italian coffee culture to us. I went to a proper Italian cafe/bar for breakfast the other day… you know when in Rome and all that. In broken Italian I managed to get myself…

Portly Drinks | Workshop Coffee | London, UK

Nestled behind H&M on London’s Oxford Street is Workshop Coffee, once we’d found it using Google maps (we’d walked from Hyde Park) our search was well justified. Workshop coffee is a simple coffee shop that reminded me of ones I had visited in Oregon.  I ordered a regular Americano and oh my god it’s the…