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!

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOOD AND DRINK - Eskdale Av­enue, Che­sham Great Mis­senden High Street, Chal­font St Giles London Road, SWAN, The Lee Berkham­sted BREW­ERY, Prest­wood

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 pub@the­oldswan­ 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.hares­ 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

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