On a glorious summer day in July 2017 we headed to the North West Leicestershire market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch to check out The Tap at No.76, a small watering hole run by nearby microbrewery, Tollgate Brewery.
The Tap at No.76 is located in a former café on the main road through Ashby, and is now a classic example of the stripped-back approach used by several other micropubs whilst also benefiting from a pleasing renovation for its new use. You certainly notice a mix of old & new when you set foot inside with bright painted walls, subtly painted benches as well as some original beams and even some original brickwork by the fireplace.
There is certainly plenty on offer at this micropub as far as the drinks range is concerned. For cask ale drinkers there are up to six different ales to choose from, with a mix of Tollage beers and guest ales, whilst fans of keg beers also have a good selection available – again up to six different keg beers. If you fancy something really different then you can try some of the fruit beers instead (with peach, strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavours available). You can even buy gluten-free beer from here as well.
If beer isn’t for you then you also have a choice of ciders, wines, prosecco, tonic water and soft drinks. Oh, and there is also free tea, coffee and water available – ideal for designated drivers or for anyone wishing to sober-up later on.
Snack-wise, they’re eager to please too, with The Tap at No.76 offering crisps, nuts, pork scratchings, pork pies and scotch eggs for punters to enjoy with their chosen drinks.
Overall The Tap at No.76 rather impressed for a number of reasons including a vast range of beverages, a great setting inside, and friendly staff. If you are visiting Ashby-de-la-Zouch soon and looking for somewhere to enjoy a pint or two then make sure The Tap at No.76 is on your list of places to do just that.
RATING – 9/10
Words by Adam Thompson