Normandy 2017 Day 1- Using the Good Beer Guide to the full

Day 1 – Tuesday 30th May

Using the Good Beer Guide in non traditional ways

We started by heading towards Aylesbury where we used the CamRA Good Beer Guide to find a pub that was not in the guide! It was called The Plough. Unfortunately, the beer that we wanted (one brewed locally) was not available but then the barmaid had to replace one of the beers as it had gone off, so a National brew was replaced with a local one which suited us as it was what we had intended to try

… and more traditionally

Then it was off to the 6 Bells pub where we were able to use the Good Beer Guide in a more traditional way to find a pub that was in it. We used this pub for our lunchtime meal, though Colin’s chips were large in size but small in quantity and not particularly nice! It looked as though the potatoes had suffered frost damage as the chips were quite black in parts; fortunately the beer wasn’t too bad.

We then headed (finally) to Aylesbury to the Wetherspoon’s pub The Black Bull where we were staying overnight. Unfortunately, it did not have any car parking and so we had to walk about half a mile from where we had to leave the car. Exercise this early in the holiday was definitely NOT planned!!

An early dip into history

We popped out to the Farmers’ Bar at the King’s Head which is the brewery tap for the Chiltern brewery and of historical significance dating from 1455, it is now owned by the National Trust & is the oldest remaining courtyard inn in England. Then, having returned to the hotel for a brief rest, we met up with Stuart Hadaway and had another beer in the Wetherspoons, before heading back to the Farmer’s Bar for the rest of the evening


  1. Posted July 2, 2017 at 1:06 pm | Permalink


    As a resident of Aylesbury, it would have been nice to meet you. Please drop me a line if you are returning.

    I’m not sure which Wetherspoon you visited, I’m assuming the Bell Hotel (the other being the White Hart). The Bell is next door to a pub named the Black Swan.

    The Farmers’ Bar at the King’s Head is probably my favourite pub in Aylesbury; the courtyard is especially nice in fine weather.

    Other recommendations: A short walk west from the town centre is the Old Millwrights Arms, while travelling the other direction finds the Vale Brewery owned, and home of the Aylesbury Brewing Company, the Hop Pole.



  2. ColinAuthor
    Posted July 6, 2017 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Alexander,
    Thanks for this. Yes, it was the Bell that we stayed at & we spent most of the evening in the courtyard at the Farmer’s Bar as it was a very warm evening. And you’re right; it’s very nice.
    On our way back from Normandy, due to traffic, we diverted from the M40 & revisited Aylesbury & the Hop Pole as we’d not had the opportunity (this year) on the way out.
    I suspect that we’ll be back in town next May as we head out to Normandy again as one of our friends who’s been really helpful in some of the research lives there so it’s an opportunity to catch up with him.
    We may also be passing through on Monday as we head back from a further short trip to Normandy, but that’s likely to be nearer lunchtime & I suspect that you’ll be at CamRA HQ 🙂

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