The Fireside is a FRUITY Ale.
Smooth and fruity on the pallet.
The Silent Night is a golden Ale.
A light & refreshing Festive Golden Ale with hints of citrus & tropical aroma
The Stir Crazy is a IPA Ale.
A moreish IPA with a pleasing hoppy aroma. Maris Otter malt and a small amount of lightly roasted caramalt gives a clean and crisp base with hints of toffee which acts as a counterweight to the heaps of British Chinook and Jester hops to add the lychee flavour, provides distinct ripe melon aroma.
The Forecast Ernest is a Bitter Ale.
English Bitter style beer. Fourth in the Forecast series.
The Shifting Sands is a IPA Ale.
This beer has Mosaic and Idaho7 hops to give this 4.3% refreshing session IPA ramped up flavours of citrus and tropical fruits with a balanced finish.
The Dynamo is a golden Ale.
A crisp light refreshing Golden Ale, delicately hopped to give a well balanced light fruity floral flavour and aroma.
The Black Friday is a Dark Ale.
Very dark. Smooth, sweet and smoky. Contains five dark malts to give depth.
The Chocolate Cherry Mild is a Dark Ale.
Cherry Infused Dark Mild.
The Monks Pils is a Craft British Lager Lager.
Brewed using a unique mashing regime matching those of the continent with Pilsner malt. Saaz hops are used from the Czech Republic and then the beer is fermented cold and slow over 3 weeks using yeast brought over by Tomas Mikulica, Head Brewer/Owner of Pivovarsky Dvur just outside Prague.
The Raven King IPA is a White IPA Ale.
This powerful IPA brings waves of tropical fruits from Citra and Mosaic dry-hopped for extra aroma. Brewed using wheat for a full bodied hazy finish.
The Lager is a Pale Lager.
An authentic lager brewed using the finest specialist malt and yeast. The key to its delicate clean taste is a cold fermentation and a long, slow maturation which allows the subtle flavours to slowly develop. Continental hops add a light floral element and gentle bitterness, helping to create an extremely crisp, refreshing and drinkable character.
The Devon Scrumpy is a Cloudy Cider.
Devon Scrumpy defines all that is great about true Devon cider. Naturally cloudy, full-bodied and bursting with character. Wonderfully rich apple leads to a truly satisfying cider ‘bite’.
The SOMERSET SCRUMPY is a Fruit Cider.
Made with a blend of bittersweet cider apples this is a very traditional unfiltered cider. Perfect for those that like a medium Somerset cider, Full-bodied and full of character. Fermented completely dry then sweetened only with sweetener making this a great medium cider for those that can't have sugar
The Black Dragon is a Medium Dry Cider.
This special reserve cider has been crafted exclusively by Gwynts chief cider maker to a secret recipe which is kept under lock and key! Rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh, fruity aroma.
The Pineapple is a Fruit Cider.
Lilleys Pineapple cider is a delightfully fresh and fruity cider packed with pineapple flavours.
The Lucky Severn is a Medium Cider.
A still cider, craft made from a choice blend of heritage cider fruit. A traditional, full bodied, rich and robust cider with a clean after taste.
The Darkcider is a Medium Cider.
This mysterious cider has a completely unique character. Dark in colour it has woody and caramel notes and has been carefully crafted to appeal more to ale drinkers than our other ciders. Medium.
The Tropical is a Fruit Cider.
Pink grapefruit, pineapple, mango and lime all combine to make this a succulent thirst quencher. Perfect for drinking on the beach and making you feel closer to the Caribbean with every sip.
My personal love for real ale began by accident at a CAMRA beer festival in St Albans. The concept of a micropub called Monks Inn was born in February 2018. The motivation stems from frustration truth be told. The lack of variety of quality cask beer in the established pubco or brewery pubs was the major driving factor. There are so many absolutely brilliant and skilled micro breweries around who still brew for love of beer. People who are passionate about what they do regardless of the fact that they don’t have umpteen pubs who are tied into them.
Our affiliation to the real ale and cider industry began in grass roots rugby with legendary landlords by the names of Karen and Craig Douglas. They owned a little pub in London called The Bree Louise. Sporting 24 cask ales and 11 ciders, it’s easy to see why I was so spoilt with quality and choice. The Bree was my only stop off on way home to Watford Junction where I lived, and also coached mini rugby at Watford Rugby Club. I was most perturbed by the fact that Craig, being an ex Harlequins player, had no place to take his then 10 year old son. Watford being 17 minutes away was an easy invite. Next thing I know we are running an annual real ale festival to raise cash for this tiny club.
Second thorn in the side was the flashing lights, questionable doof doof music (as I call it) and get drunk fast on cheap bilge culture. Inevitably an environment that invites xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia, intolerance as a whole. I was looking to emulate the ethos I found at the Bree with traditional roots. Drink beer the way monks invented it to be drunk. Serve it in the way it’s designed to be served. Uninterrupted, pure, blissful cask beer.
Committing to a pubco or brewery pub with no experience was a definite no no. My personal opinion is, this is a major contributing factor to the massive closures of pubs in the country. It is so difficult for a publican to make a living when they are restricted and tied to the mainstream companies. And the reason you drink the same beer in every other pub. It was not good enough for me. So, motivated by my cousin and brother Desmond Whitaker, we converted an old Jennings Bookie, got the right licencing approvals and opened our doors on the 9 th November 2018.
The pub was an immediate success with ‘Best Newcomer’ awarded to us by CAMRA after three months of trading. A year later we were awarded Best Pub by CAMRA Mid-Chiltern Branch and we are now in the Good Beer Guide. The 10 cask beers (five gravity and five handles), along with six still cider handles, a decent gin collection of around 30 gins was a big hit. There are no permanent beers on. We change it up every week and the selection is whimsical and random. It’s a beer festival every week. And everyone was welcome to our austere ‘monastery’. Bohemian hippies, gothic rockers, LGTBQ community, beer tickers and pensioners all converse and talk with each other. We champion charity causes with our neighbours The Salvation Army and we idolise the work our NHS Angels do. Policemen, Firemen and serving Armed Force members all enjoy special discounts, as does our pensioners and CAMRA members (outside of Covid Survival Mode). We have a tribe who call themselves ‘Monkonians’ and we are a family.
80% of our beer is sourced within a 30 mile radius we do bring in beer and cider from all corners of our beautiful country. You will find our products are proudly British with a hint of South African. We have a decent wine selection with Rum starting to creep in as the next Gin fad.
When permitted we hold very decent comedy and quiz nights with talented acoustic sessions on the weekend. Come and join our family. You will feel the love and serenity.