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