More than a place to sup your ale…

Pubs have al­ways played an im­por­tant part in our com­mu­ni­ties and we’re keen to en­sure that tra­di­tion con­tin­ues. Here, some of them share their lat­est news. We’ll drink to that!

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOOD AND DRINK -

THE BLACK HORSE, Che­sham Vale

LAND­LADY San­dra Tay­lor (pic­tured) is run­ning a fort­nightly pub quiz at the Horse for all those who like to test their brains a bit.

The next is on Mon­day, start­ing at 8pm, and there’s a £2.50 en­try fee per person.

Why not get your pals to­gether for a pint and a fun evening.

THE GAME­KEEP­ERS’ LODGE, Belling­don Road, Che­sham

PAT Miller al­ways guar­an­tees a warm wel­come – and has one of the best open mic nights around. They are hosted ev­ery Sun­day by acous­tic rock duo The Weather­top Preach­ers, and are bril­liant.

Whether you’re a mu­si­cian or a singer, do give it a go – the only rule is no back­ing tracks.

The mi­cro­phones are ‘open’ from 8.30pm un­til 10.30pm.

THE FULL MOON, Cholesbury cum St Leonards

THE new land­lady – in the shape of Emma Net­tle­ton – is work­ing hard to of­fer a friendly wel­come to lo­cals and vis­i­tors from far­ther afield alike.

The pub has a fan­tas­tic his­tory, hav­ing been known as an ale­house since 1693. Mind you, this par­tic­u­lar tavern has been through a num­ber of phases – it was orig­i­nally called The Half Moon, then sim­ply The Moon from 1812 un­til 1883, when it be­came The Full Moon.

Which­ever phase it’s in, get down there and give Emma a wel­come.

We wish her the best of luck with her new ven­ture.

THE WAG­GON AND HORSES, Copthall Lane, Chal­font St Peter

IT’S high summer, the weather is hot and sticky, and your lo­cal pub of­fers a haven of re­treat from the busy world – a place to re­lax and take your ease with a glass or two.

Mind­ful of that, land­lady Sarah Law­son has booked ver­sa­tile tune­smith Chris Baker, who will be en­ter­tain­ing on Satur­day evening.

Chris is equally at home sing­ing swing greats by stars such as Frank Si­na­tra and Dean Martin, or num­bers from bands as di­verse as Rolling Stones, The Jam, Depeche Mode and Green Day.

THE GREEN MAN, Den­ham Vil­lage

THIS pub is a fairly rare an­i­mal these days – a fam­ily-run busi­ness rather than just part of a chain.

Per­haps for that rea­son, it cap­tures a lot of what used to be stan­dard about many Bri­tish coun­try tav­erns: great food, a good se­lec­tion of beers and wines and a fab­u­lous gar­den, which is a won­der­ful place to while away an hour or two over a drink and a bite to eat.

THE COCK AND RAB­BIT INN, The Lee

IF YOU’RE a fan of Mid­somer Mur­ders, you’re prob­a­bly well-ac­quainted with The Cock and Rab­bit, be­cause it fea­tures reg­u­larly in the TV se­ries.

This ar­che­typal English inn is ac­tu­ally a mix­ture of English and Ital­ian, as chef Gian­franco Parola and his wife, Vic­to­ria, of­fer su­perb Ital­ian cui­sine us­ing lo­cally sourced pro­duce and served with that clas­si­cal Ital­ian style.

THE POT­TERS ARMS, Winch­more Hill

LET’S face it, some­times you’ve just got to laugh or run the risk of let­ting the day-to-day world grind you down. En­ter Richard Ed­wards, who has worked in­cred­i­bly hard to build a top rep­u­ta­tion for his tavern as a cen­tre for com­edy ex­cel­lence.

Hav­ing at­tracted a lot of the top names in stand-up to try out their rou­tines be­fore the Edinburgh Fes­ti­val, Richard’s reg­u­lar com­edy evenings con­tinue next Thurs­day, when he wel­comes Terry Alder­ton from EastEn­ders, who teams up with his reg­u­lar warm-up man, Johnny Spurl­ing, for a head­line dou­ble act.

The com­edy starts at 8pm and the only let-up is to al­low pun­ters to en­joy a crack­ing meal dur­ing the in­ter­val be­fore the headliners take to the stage. Tick­ets at £15, in­clud­ing the meal, are avail­able from Richard at the pub – call 01494 726 222.

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