Plenty of fes­tive good cheer on of­fer

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 - - PUB OF THE YEAR - BREW­ERY, Collings Hanger Farm, Prest­wood SWAN, The Lee KEYS, Great Mis­senden Che­sham HEAD, Church Street, SPORTS­MAN, Eskdale Av­enue, Che­sham HOUSE, London Road, Chal­font St Giles Inn the News is tak­ing a break over Christ­mas – but we’ll be back on

Nick and Jenny Wat­son are fin­ish­ing off a great year for Malt by ex­tend­ing the open­ing hours for the Tast­ing Bar and shop. Over the fes­tive pe­riod, they will be open Mon­day to Thurs­day from 10am–5pm and Fri­day and Satur­day from 10am-7pm. On De­cem­ber 22-24 the open­ing hours will be 10am to 6.30pm. Lots of time to pop in for a chat, to taste some of the beer and to buy Christ­mas gift packs. Call for more in­for­ma­tion on 01494 865063. THE OLD

Fancy a bit of ‘fish and fizz?’ Well get along to the Old Swan on Thurs­day evenings where Jane Joel and her crew are of­fer­ing some top class fish dishes with a glass of bub­bly be­tween 7 and 9pm. You can have one, two or three cour­ses for the prices of £15, £17.50 or £20 re­spec­tively – you just can’t beat that for value in one of the pret­ti­est pubs in the area. THE CROSS

Stu­art Thurston, the gaffer at the Keys, al­ways likes to plan well ahead – but he’s sur­passed him­self this time by an­nounc­ing that the pub’s popular beer fes­ti­val will be held over the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end in 2015. There will be lots of great real ales for you to try – and with this much no­tice, you’ve got lots of time to start work­ing up a thirst!

THE QUEENS

There’s a def­i­nite nip in the air at the mo­ment – so maybe it’s time to try a nip of whisky to take away the chill. The Queens Head boasts a great se­lec­tion of whiskies rang­ing from sin­gle Scotch malts, through blends to Ir­ish. So whether you’re tempted by a Talisker or lured by a La­gavulin get along to Lisa Walker’s lovely old pub and take a wee dram or two.

THE JOLLY

The lovely Debs and her staff have de­vel­oped this pub into a real com­mu­nity hub with ac­tiv­i­ties nearly ev­ery night of the week, reg­u­lar live mu­sic shows and a gen­uinely friendly wel­come for reg­u­lars and new­bies alike. And there’s al­ways a great se­lec­tion of real ales in­clud­ing names like Doom­bar, Side Pocket for a Toad and Ad­nam’s Gun­hill. Lovely!

THE IVY

Al­fie Moli­naro and his team tend to keep their eyes peeled in the evenings – just in case they should hap­pen to catch a glimpse of the pub’s leg­endary ghosts. One was sup­pos­edly a vil­lain be­ing trans­ported to London who es­caped, killing a lo­cal in his at­tempt to get away, who was re­cap­tured and hung out­side the inn. The sec­ond is sup­posed to be a young sta­ble hand. Whether you be­lieve the sto­ries or not, there’s al­ways a good se­lec­tion of spir­its to sam­ple...

Richard Ed­wards of The Pot­ters Arms, Winch­more Hill

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