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EGON TOASTE's Wassailled Hostelries Guide


A Light Year .. sadly illness and time constrained us to three outings and two gigs this year.

2010  Egon Toaste and Arthur Boutfayse; Photos 2003 - 2011 by GeeJay Grafix except as noted - all rights reserved

TOUR (& Rough Location)

Tour & SIGN of the HOUSE

Notes *
NB: This is NOT a critical review. See below.
 Oak and Heath Saturday 17th December in the hat




Hatfield Heath


Broad Oak

Dukes Head



Takeley Four Ashes


Manuden Mystery Tour Thursday 15 December 2011 in the hat

Fox & Hounds

New Management .. host to a regular acoustic club -


World-famous. First-class reputation, very well-deserved, for superb cooking.




Kings Arms.

Warm & welcoming, as ever.

Queens Head

Roulette night in full swing - good little pub.
Hazel End

Three Horseshoes

Harlow North Thursday 22nd December 2011 in the hat
High Wych Rising Sun
A fine tradition of excellent ale-keeping

Hand & Crown

Landlords Valediction - always extremely jolly and very friendly. Lovely old pub, lovely grub ...
Gilston Dusty Miller
Very jolly indeed - a pleasure to sing in.
Eastwick Lion
Another excellent pub - live acoustic music from time to time with the Favourite String Band and others.
Stanstead Abbotts Red Lion

Scene of the New Year Sing. From Noon-ish. Very popular.

Couldn't call - Chelsea - Spurs duel in progress - but still recommended!

  Jolly Fishermen
Great riverside hostelry, good for meals and parties.

Lord Louis

Lively local.
Gt Amwell

George V

Slightly out of the way, but a bit classy.
Ware The Angel
A fitting last call - Company valediction, remakably friendly.


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* Notes

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.

Landlords - if you don't like the look of us, we aren't going to argue if you turn us away. It's the licencee's right to control visitors and assess the annoyance we might cause their patrons and we recognise that.
We do not go where we're not wanted, nor will we add to the annoyance by asking again next year, unless we become aware of a change in management.

We're not easily offended.
(however the emotional damage cause by callous rejection of our finely-honed choral skills sometimes takes months* to overcome)
(*or even minutes)

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 the sort of pub we could do, we don't try. See above for the sorts of pub we like, and vice-versa.
Those who refuse because the landlord'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 want us to - you just have to ask. Occasionally, we get paid to shut up - we're kind of happy with that, more drinking time & less vocal strain!