Cloisters is a great pub to meet a few friends and a have a chat. It has a warm atmosphere with an open fire and wooden tables, and the selection of ales is second to none.
There are usually around ten guest ales, and around seven different wines served by the bottle. It is a quiet, small bar, and it doesn’t play any music. It’s more of a pub you would meet friends at to sit down and talk. There’s a lovely homey atmosphere which warms you up, it’s particularly great in the winter months.
Cloisters can become quite busy at the weekends, mostly because it is such a great pub and is well liked in the community. Despite the ales tending to be ones that you can’t usually get anywhere else in town, the prices are very reasonable. The staff are very knowledgeable, and are always willing to recommend a drink, or let you try something before you buy it. It’s a great bar for ale enthusiasts, with something different on offer every time you visit.
The bar also serves food, and it is of the typical pub fare: things like burgers and fish and chips. They don’t serve food in the evenings on weekends, but they do sell bar snacks, like nuts and olives. The olives are particularly good, a friend of mine once described them as ‘like meaty grapes’.