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Monkland Arms, Monkland

Probably around 25-30 people in yesterday lunchtime with half of those drinking rather than eating. The Hobsons Best and Swan Neck Oil were both decent rather than excellent; I didn't try the Old Speckled Hen or the offering from Ludlow Brewery (think it was "Gold").

21 Jan 2019 10:09

The Rose and Crown, Ratley

Visiting another pub on our way home or a National Trust property was today's 3pm conundrum - Upton House lost and the Rose & Crown won. Others must have reached the same conclusion as the narrow village lanes were parked full of cars - the locals must love their transient guests. A 17th century coursed ironstone freehouse that was selling Tribute, Purity Mad Goose, Wye Valley Bitter/Butty Bach and Church End Goat's Milk today. Surprised at the range on offer, I tried the last named of these ales and it was worth the slight wait at the tiny bar as the diners paid their Sunday lunch bills.

13 Jan 2019 17:19

The Chandlers Arms, Epwell

Could easily have been a cottage that has been converted into a pub; it blends so well with the neighbouring houses. Small, two-roomed pub that has been smartly decorated in a modern style. Hooky and Hooky Gold were today's two handpulls and I tried the former which was very good (I can't remember ever having had a bad pint of this beer). Menu is one of traditional pub food. The current licensees moved down from Falkirk 8 weeks ago for their first ever pub venture - hope they do well but presumably they will need customers making an effort to travel to Epwell rather than just those who live in this tiny parish.

13 Jan 2019 16:56

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