The Blind Poet is a Porter Ale.
Lightly Smoked Porter.
The Wychert is a Bitter Ale.
Rich, malty, Auburn bitter
The Black pig is a Porter Ale.
Adapted from an imperial Russian porter recipe, this beer is incredibly smooth with burnt chocolate and smoky malt notes mixed with delicate hop bitterness and floral notes
The Rebellion Solidarity is a Pale Ale.
Pale & Hoppy A straw coloured pale ale with a bright citrusy hop aroma with a distinct grapefruit character.
The Pier City is a Pale Ale.
The Treason is a Blonde Ale.
Treason is a West Coast IPA, bronze in colour and with a big hop aroma that gives way to a lingering spicy bitterness.
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 Lunardi`s Oatmeal Pale is a Pale Ale.
A generous dose of oats adds a creamy , Pillowy texture to this session-strength Pale Ale , Simcoe provides aromas of stone fruit and mango, finished with comet for a refreshing citrus edge.
The Blackberry & Elderflower is a Fruit Cider.
The Merry Monkey is a scrumpy Cider.
A medium scrumpy made with unfiltered bittersweet apple, full of character with a rich appley flavour.
The Vintage is a Medium Dry Cider.
Slowly matured, spending time in oak vats in Herefordshire to deliver still, smooth & rounded flavour. Medium dry.
The Lily the Pink is a Medium Cider.
Our golden girl is a medium fruity cider with a gorgeous delicate hue. Made using 100% cider apples, from our very own Herefordshire farm, Lily has an intense fruity nose and is gently sweet on the palate. Lily's subtle balance of fresh cider apples, candy apple sweetness and light body makes for a very easy drinking and quaffable cider.
The Raspberry Mojito is a Fruit Cider Cider.
Cuba meets Somerset. Refreshing raspberry, fresh mint & crisp Somerset cider make this an invigorating summer refresher. Sweet yet tangy, aromatic, and flavourful. Serve over ice with fresh raspberries and mint.
The The Devil's Device is a scrumpy Cider.
An 8.4% scrumpy Quite Clear and Golden in colour with a full-bodied smell, the first taste quickly reveals the nutty, earthy flavours so well associated with the russet apple, which is dominant in this cider. This unique cider is rich and has good deep body, is medium to the taste and yet has a dryish finish.
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.