Last weekend, there was an alcoholic theme which our guests created unknowingly.
Firstly, I was made aware that we have three pubs within 2 miles of us that are all featured in the Good Beer Guide. I already knew this but hadn’t fully appreciated that some people would be attracted to this fact so thought I ought to enquire further as to what beers/ales each have on tap so I can share with beer lovers and enthusiasts who may wish to visit us.
Initially, I found out that the pubs are constantly changing the beers and ale they stock…shows how much I know about beer and running a pub!?
The nearest is The Wheatsheaf Pub which you can walk to across our field behind the house on the public foot path which usually has a selection from Wye Valley, Butcombe, Cottage Brewery or Goffs, to name a few. They also won the pub of the Season Spring 2012 through CAMRA.
The Talbot, situated on the River Teme and less than a mile from us, always have This, That & T’Other from Teme Valley Brewery (their own microbrewery which uses locally grown hops), Hobsons Best Bitter and whatever Chris has brewed as the Teme Valley seasonal beer which can range from Blonde through to Porter or maybe a ‘one off’ such as Summer Nights which is on at the moment. They have been awarded a “Star” in the Best Beer section of the CAMRA guide.
I’ve recently discovered that besides purchasing bottles to take away with you, you can also purchase Teme Valley Brewery gift packs which make fantastic presents. Just pop into The Talbot and enquire as well as sample a pint before you buy!
Lastly, we will be putting cork screws on all the hospitality trays in the bedrooms…not to encourage excessive, late night drinking but to prevent poor guests having to search in their car for the Swiss army knife their father gave them many moons ago, only to find it doesn’t have a corkscrew on it. And to prevent bits of cork all over the bedroom floor in their attempt to get the cork out of the bottle by any means they could. Unfortunately for them, they failed and were too polite to disturb us so they went to bed wine thirsty!