Music and magic for made-up zombies
Pubs have always played an important part in our communities and we’re keen to ensure that tradition continues. Here, some landlords share their latest news. We’ll drink to that!
LANDLADY Debs Wilbee has lined up a special event for Halloween by inviting a professional film make-up artist, who will be there from 5pm. For £5 she will be making people up as zombies, so you may not want to be wandering around alone near the pub after midnight!
From 8pm, Magic Ali will be amazing people with his close-up magic and from 9pm DJ Konspiracy will be playing all the Halloween classics.
While we’re at it, we ought to give a special mention to Rochelle Wallis, who works behind the bar. She’s been taking part in Stay Sober for October to raise cash for Dementia UK. It’s not too late to sponsor her – just pop in to the pub and make a donation.
THE CROSS KEYS, LANDLORD Stuart Thurston and head chef Dave Cuthbertson have introduced a steak night on Tuesdays – two steaks and a bottle of wine for £30. They are also now taking lunch bookings for Christmas parties – two courses £19.95, three courses £24.95.
The village’s annual Christmas festival is on November 29 in the High Street, from 3pm until 8pm, with more than 20 stalls, small children’s rides, Santa’s Grotto and all the shops open. There will be a small pen, where children can pet the animals. Several stalls will be offering free mulled wine. The Cross Keys will have Malt beer outside and hotdogs.
Stuart adds: “There will be a massive raffle to raise funds for the festival and to contribute to installing a defibrillator for the village.
THE IVY HOUSE, The Ivy House has a new licensee in the shape of Alfie Molinaro and he’s proud of the new menu, which he says makes it one of the best gastro pubs in the area. All the produce is sourced locally and there’s something to appeal to all tastes. And they do some ‘quite wonderful’ desserts. Give it a try and then drop us a line here at Inn the News to let us know what you think. THE OLD JANE Joel and her team are excited to announce that they have two Christmas menus for your delectation, available from Wednesday, November 19 until Wednesday, December 24.
There is a three-course à la carte menu priced at £30 per head or, for a special treat, a five-course tasting menu at £55 per head.
As it’s always a busy time, Jane advises booking, either by email to email@example.com or by calling 01494 837 239. Haresfoot Brewery, which launched in March, is close to the Grand Union Canal and is the brainchild of eight local entrepreneurs and businessmen. It’s the first brewery to open in the town for more than 100 years and it has already proved a real hit with local real ale lovers.
Director Nigel Oseland said: “We launched with our first beer, Lock Keepers’ Ale, and since then we’ve added Sundial, Conquerors and, most recently, Totem, a light India Pale Ale, named after the famous totem pole in the town.”
Haresfoot is offering tours each Thursday evening. More details at www.haresfoot.com. MALT THE CONGRATULATIONS to Jenny and Nick Watson who have just celebrated two years in business.
Jenny said: “We reckon we had more than 750 people at our open
HARESFOOT BREWERY, day to celebrate our second birthday – and everyone had a great time.
The timing was perfect because the brewery won its second award for Malt Dark Ale earlier in the week. SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) awarded the ale Gold in its category (Standard Milds), beating Aylesbury’s Vale Brewery’s Black Beauty porter, which took bronze. The regional competition was judged by 148 ale experts and had nearly 500 submissions.
As a gold winner, Malt Dark Ale goes through to the national competition in March 2015.
GOLD STANDARD: Malt Dark Ale has been named the best Standard Mild in the Midlands region by SIBA