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Great beer in a fascinating building

At a glance

Bar menu
Beer festival
Dog friendly

This Georgian building was a brewery before becoming a pub in Victorian times. Beer was brewed in the converted stables and stored in the sandstone cave below, which is now an atmospheric restaurant. Famous for its excellent selection of real ales, The Hand and Heart holds two beer festivals a year, spring and autumn, and in the bar you can sample Round Heart from the Dancing Duck Brewery as well as the Maypole Brewery’s Little Weed, and six changing guest ales. The tempting menu choices could include belly pork, rosemary fondant potato, veg and cider jus; herb puff pastry topped steak, smoked bacon and local ale pie; and beer-battered fish and chips with garden peas.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December and 1 January
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 4–midnight (Friday to Saturday 9am–1am Sunday 12–10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–9
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales available: Dancing Duck Round Heart, Maypole Little Weed, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Guest ciders

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Spring and Autumn
  • Cider festival, Summer


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome
  • Wedding receptions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

On A610 (2 minutes walk from Canning Circus).

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