Supping it up

Summing it up you might say, was Plato. The Swan scored well for its full body amour, its George Best penalty photo, and its quote above the door! Sagacity is for the well-watered drinking man by the Thames and not the parched and ignorant: or, as Plato did say, the …

Cotswolds No.1

But number one solid gold easy action was to be found at the Swan at Radcot. Nestling by a bridge on the Thames, it’s full of history and curios. Great beer garden: watch the boats sail through, watch the traffic over the bridge, watch the world go by. And wash …

Cotswolds No.3

So the crawl continues and we get to the top three pubs I visited in the Cotswolds on my late summer binge. Third prize goes to the Plough at Kelmscott. Just a pint of Doom Bar but a fantastic small village location near the William Morris house. And who doesn’t …

Venerable Cotswolds

Moving on to the Wheatsheaf at Northleach (must be a limerick there somewhere), this is another lovely posh C17th pub (they called them Inns) where you can buy a glass of francophile Viognier for nearly 8 quid, or a traditional beer for 4 (I think I had a Budding from …

Cotswold Cold

Ah, I hear you say, but what about the Plough at Cold Aston. It’s been through a difficult time but is now on the mend. Is that why they have a defibrilator in a red phone box over the road behind the old oak tree on what was once presumably …

Hill to die on

So, I just got back from Oz and had to register my disgust at this advertisement. Kentucky told me a while back about this terrible new trend: fooling the lager drinker into buying a beer. But pity the poor unsuspecting ale drinker who orders this piss expecting a real drink. …

Five Perfect Pubs 4

Something more traditional once more. Well let’s head to the Swan at Swinbrook. Everything you could possibly want. A wonderful beer garden with bantams wandering free. Their own vegetable patch where the food ingredients hail from. A view from the bridge over the river, with tables for al fresco drinking! …

The Early Days In Ten Drinks – 09 – Jameson Irish Whiskey

The penultimate phase in my early drinking days was very much Kentucky’s idea, as they so often were when it came to drinking. He would float an idea, and like a rabid dog I’d go for it. This is how we ended up withe Jameson Whiskey chasers. The madness is …

Blue for you

Speaking of lovely blue things, as I just was. I did enjoy as my first pint of 2019 a lovely New Year’s pint of Bradfield brewery’s Farmers Belgian Blue. Is it red; is it blue; or a bit of both. It was bloody tasty anyway. I can just imagine Max …

Salvation !

CAMRA pub of the year in 2014, and you can see why. The Salvation is a real traditional drinking pub for the locals in the local Gloucestershire village of Ham. I had a few lovely local beers there last weekend and, after trying their Rare Breed as part of my …