Clibit
Bedford Ale yeast, a seasonally available yeast, is in stock at HBC. I made a few beers with it last year and liked it. Not remarkable, but made very nice beer and a good all round yeast for different styles, I reckon. Charles Wells brewery allegedly. 

http://www.thehomebrewcompany.co.uk/white-labs-wlp006-bedford-british-yeast-p-3309.html

Update: 

This yeast is pretty much my favourite. Why do I like 006? I just think it ticks the boxes:

It reliably makes good beer across a range of styles - most English styles and some American too. 
It handles both malty and hoppy styles well, and gives a good balance of the two. 
It has a good, definite fruity English flavour, but it isn't as big a flavour as some of the more full-on English yeasts. 
I haven't had a batch that's given me weird flavours from a warm ferment or anything, it is very consistent in my experience. 
I like the mouthfeel/body it provides. 
It attenuates well. Whitelabs say 72-80% attenuation, I get around 75%, never had more than 75% I think. I've read of other people getting higher, over 80% even. It's drier than most English yeasts I guess, but not super dry when I've used it, and this suits me. I believe it likes lots of oxygen - maybe higher attenuation results from higher oxygenation? I've also read that a high pitch rate is a good move.
It clears very well, high flocculation. 
It ferments fast, usually pretty much done in 3 days.
I've always liked the end result. 

One chap on an American site who loves this yeast wrote: "As for the flavor, I like to think this yeast is somewhat of a mix of 1968 with the rich esters and 1098, where it ferments out clean and lets the hops/malt shine. Or like a more characterful wy1768 (Youngs)."

"I use pure O2 and a stone, although you can get away with a vigorous shake if the gravity is low. As for a yeast starter, I would recommend making one even for low gravity to ensure a quick start and fast flocculation. Only problems I've had with this yeast is when I didn't make a starter... the beer took forever to get going and it was slow to flocculate. Not worth the risk. "

"If I have one complaint about this yeast, it is that it hasn't made the best dark beers for me. I just wasn't that impressed with the flavor profile compared to a few other yeasts I typically use in my porters. It will make a rather clean and neutral dark beer... if that's what you want, it does a good job."

"In my experience, this yeast consistently drops to 1.008-12 and flocculates out a few days later."

"I absolutely love this yeast. For me and family, friends, it imparts a flavor to English pales and IPAs that no other yeast can. The thing that gripes my butt is it is seasonal. Meaning I have to culture from plates once or twice before it's on the market again. That's a real PITA! Bedford Ale yeast teams up well with the old English Northern brewer hops, Challenger, and Willamette hops. It's not overly malty, and makes a great English IPA. I can't brew British without it, especially with Maris Otter and Northern Brewer. Mmmmm!"


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Steve
Clibit wrote:
Bedford Ale yeast, a seasonally available yeast, is in stock at HBC. I made a few beers with it last year and liked it. Not remarkable, but made very nice beer and a good all round yeast for different styles, I reckon. Charles Wells brewery allegedly. 

http://www.thehomebrewcompany.co.uk/white-labs-wlp006-bedford-british-yeast-p-3309.html



Ahhhh you come out with that now after i put my order in [rolleyes] been looking for it for weeks and weeks
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Clibit
Steve wrote:


Ahhhh you come out with that now after i put my order in [rolleyes] been looking for it for weeks and weeks


Just seen it sorry. I'll get some next time I order and contribute to the slant bank. 
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Steve
Managed to get in touch with Shane from THBC and this has been added to my order [biggrin]
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Clibit
Steve wrote:
Managed to get in touch with Shane from THBC and this has been added to my order [biggrin]


Excellent.  [thumb]
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Clibit wrote:


Excellent.  [thumb]


When it arrives i will get it slanted [smile]
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Fermented Culture
Thanks for the post, I wish there were more yeast reviews like this.
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GHW
Why is it seasonal?
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Clibit
GHW wrote:
Why is it seasonal?


It's only released for one quarter of each year by Whitelabs. Autumn.
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GHW
Yes but why do they only release it in autumn? Seems strange.
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Clibit
GHW wrote:
Yes but why do they only release it in autumn? Seems strange.


They have a Platinum series that they release seasonally. Just marketing I think. 
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GHW
Odd, if it's that good why not sell it all year round and make more moolah?
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Pinto
Generates sales if you build anticipation [smile]

The Whitelabs Zurich yeast (liquid S-189) is a platinum strain - wasnt released this year tho [frown]
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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Fermented Culture
If you slant I could send you some, I have some from this year which was unopened. It's about the right time to use it if you're planning a samichlaus! Although yeah, not sure if there'd be much difference from the dry equivalent.
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Pinto
Fermented Culture wrote:
If you slant I could send you some, I have some from this year which was unopened. It's about the right time to use it if you're planning a samichlaus! Although yeah, not sure if there'd be much difference from the dry equivalent.


Wouldn't say no to a slant if there's one going [smile] Cheers (I think Steve would probably like some for the bank too)

On the difference between the Zurich and the S-189, I cant really say at the moment - I know the liquid yeast works extremely well, whereas my only foray with the S-189 ended up with a very nasty, weird infection and didnt ferment at all.
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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