EGON TOASTE's Wassailled Hostelries Guide
Our Heartfelt Thanks to the publicans & landladies who let us come in and the punters who delved into their purses for coin.
|TOUR (& Rough Location)||
SIGN of the HOUSE
NB: This is NOT a critical review. See below.
|Harlow North||Friday 12th December 2008||£180 & a few pence In The Hat, by a small but intrepid wassail crew.|
|High Wych|| Rising Sun
||Refurbed since or snap was taken (just after Sid passed on) - ale still of legendary quality.|
Temp pic. not Geejay
|Greene King formula steakhouse - very good place for a family feast.|
||Lovely trad boozer - natives very friendly.|
||Sometime home turf of the String Band & well worth a trip.|
|Stanstead Abbotts||Red Lion
||Scene of the New Year Sing. Splendid place.|
||Lively local - good craic|
||.. wherein we saw a Little Devil.
Food & cheer very evident.
|Gt Amwell||Wagon & Horses
Temp pic. not Geejay
|Well it's open - great refurb.
Look for the live lobsters in the seafood cabinet. On our list to try out!
Formal pic appears here when we take it !!
||The logical last stop, Adnams sold.|
The Ash Vale
|Saturday December 13th 2008||
£316.80 In The Hat
Kick n' Dickey
|Albury|| Catherine Wheel
|Manuden Mystery Tour||Thursday December 18th 2008||£156.76 in the hat|
|OOOPS - SORRY !|
|Server change & clever stuff by Suggers resulted in the following guides being erased & lost! See 2007 or 2009 (when its up) for a better version.|
|Oak and Heath||Friday December 19th 2008||£264.90 in the hat|
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All our comments are good -. If you want a crit, go see CAMRA or the Good Food Guide. If people are good enough to let us in to sing & collect, that says something about them already. All the pubs have an individual character and it's up to you, the hopeful traveller, to go and see if you like their style. All we offer is a hint or two.
Those who refuse because they don't like the look of us are
noted for this year only and will not generally ever be asked again. We're not
offended. It's the licencee's right to control visitors and assess the annoyance
we might cause to their patrons. We do not go where we're not wanted!
From experience, specialist restaurants and big drinking-halls with club-type
dance sound are not set up for a wassail and if it doesn't look like a pub,
we don't try.
Those who refuse because the lkandlord's absent or there's a live gig or an important match in progress will often be re-visited. When in a pub, we will very happily shut up if customers ask us to (as we did when the gents on the Sheering Tour told Suggers to turn it down because they were trying to have a serious conversation at the bar) - you just have to ask.