Day 9 – Friday 8th June
Back to the UK
For a change, I’d got the timings right with regard to the Chunnel crossings in that I gave us plenty of time to get there from our final night’s accommodation in France – the Rollus Brewery. In the past, even though I’ve apparently allowed plenty of time, the weather, roadworks or other contrivances seem to have got in the way & it’s seemed like a last-ditch effort to arrive on time. This year, it was different!
Lunch at the Farriers
Our timings meant that we arrived in the UK ready for lunch & we’d even pre-planned where to go! Almost unheard of in all of our trips – just a short distance from the M20, between the terminal & Ashford is the village of Mersham where you’ll find the Farriers’ Arms. This pub, dating back to 1606 was taken over in 2009 by the villagers following its closure. Lots of hard work later, it’s a really welcoming place, doing excellent food – we’d stopped the before… oh, yes, and it has its own brewery (The Old Forge Microbrewery) on site, too! What a surprise!!
Tanks at Armourfast
I think that I’ve mentioned before that one of my hobbies is tabletop wargaming & the team at Armourfast make a series of high quality, quick build plastic kits (of which I have a considerable number!) so, where possible, it’s nice to take the opportunity to pop in & see Tracy & Nicholas (the mother & son partnership that run it) & share ideas of possible new kits & see what’s on the workbench.
Leaving Armourfast, we took the opportunity to visit the Billericay Brewing co Micropub, unfortunately, parking was limited & we ended up on the carpark for the local Waitrose & having got onto the carpark we saw that unless you’d purchased a minimum amount of food, you had to pay £10! Ah well, beer first! We then needed some provisions for when we arrived back at Glyn’s so not a completely wasted visit.
Mermaids amongst the thatch
Our final visit was just off the A14 not far from Huntingdon in the small, bypassed village of Ellington. This is a delightful village with thatched-roofed cottages & next to the church is the Mermaid pub. The Good Beer Guide suggests that this is a “Quintessential English village pub” which you can’t argue with… unfortunately, on our visit the “locally sourced beers” were not in evidence as only national brews were available. Hey, ho, you win some, you lose some. A swift half & we were back on our way; another year’s trip over.