Day 1 – Tuesday 30th May
Using the Good Beer Guide in non traditional ways
We started this years trip by heading towards Aylesbury. On the way we used the CamRA Good Beer Guide to find a pub that was not in the guide! This was The Plough, at Haseley. Unfortunately, it seemed that the beer that we wanted (one brewed locally) was not available. However as we ordered the barrel on pull spluttered to an end and another beer had to be put on. This suited us as the National brew was replaced with the local one that we had intended to try.
… and more traditionally
There was no food on offer so it was off to another pub for lunch. This time using the Good Beer Guide in a more traditional way – to find a pub that was in it – the 8 Bells at Long Crendon. Unfortunately, Colin was less than happy with his meal – his 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 and a Wetherspoon’s pub, where we were staying overnight. Unfortunately, it did not have any car parking. As a result we had to walk about half a mile, laden with heavy bags, 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. The pub is 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 a beer in the Wetherspoons, before heading back to the Farmer’s Bar for the rest of the evening.