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!
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.