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!
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!
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 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!
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