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! …

Dressing up

So, a new year, a new you. I saw these three likely lads in a bar on New Year’s day. Sartorial options offered by all. Shall we favour the flat cap this year, or the fetching black but white-striped sneakers, or the one-piece? Punk lives on in many forms.

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 …

Birra

So, I have been out of the country again for a spell. This time on the northern Italian Riviera. I try always to get out and savour a beer or two. This time it was Menabrea. Brewed in a small town in Piedmont, this is a rounded, balanced pale beer …

Quench

So, for the mature session drinker such as myself, a long hill climb to Bedfordshire is where most evenings end. A little trip to heaven on the wings of my love, Prescott, after staring into the orange, yellow, and gold flames teasing the logs in the grate while supping the …

A Stunner

Down the Old Badge, we have been blind drunk testing for many months now. And this month the winner for those of us who do not require strength for flavour, is Cotswold Spring’s Stunner. At just 4% this is an award-winning session ale: a pale yellow beauty with lots of …

English Christmas

Washington Irving thought rural England was a refuge from the imaginatively barren landscapes of his native America. In The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1820) he described England as a ‘half-mythic land of stage coaches and ivy-covered cottages, festive Christmases and forelocked peasants, high church spires and quaint crooked byways.’ The …

Dogging

I am of course delighted to know that Max is a dog lover. However, I’m not sure he is ready for Paddy at the Old Badger Inn. Every Monday, Paddy installs himself at the bar with a look that reminds me of Kentucky staring into his beer after reading his …