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EGON TOASTE's Wassailled Hostelries Guide

2013

We've been and done - again!

2013  Beau Seur, Stan Donbar & Phil dePotts;
Photos 2003 - 2013 by GeeJay Grafix except as noted - all rights reserved; photos 2014 are leached from various public domain sources pendng our own
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TOUR (& Rough Location)

Tour & SIGN of the HOUSE

Notes *
NB: This is NOT a critical review. See below.

 Stortford South Energetic start to the season!  £203.30 in the hat 
 Friday 13th December Jolly Brewers (B/S)

 
 
  Coach & Horses (B/S)

 
  George (Lit. Hallingbury)

 
 

The Bull, Sawbridgeworth



 
  The Orange Tree Sawbridgeworth

 
 

Allens Green: Queens Head


 
 

Prince of Wales

 

 
     
Harlow North

Excellent (in parts) - Two previously great pubs now don't want to see us ever again - a sad loss for the tour. Three more had live bands & one is now an oriental restaurant.

On the other hand, we were made welcome at a previously refused venue and all those we went in were very friendly and great fun.

160.40 in the hat plus a cheque for the hospice
Saturday 14th December

Hand and Crown, Sawbridgeworth

Landlord's valediction

 
 

Rising Sun, High Wych

 
 

The Lion, Eastwick

 
 

Red Lion, Stansted Abbotts

Folk night - 1st Monday of the month
 

George V, Gt Amwell

 
 

Fox & Hounds, Hunsdon

 
     
Thursday 19th December Ash Vale - all good and a few old acqauintances renewed. £190-odd in the hat
 

Wareside - White Horse

 
 

Wareside - the Chequers

 
 

Hunsdon Green Man

 
 

The Crown, Much Hadham


 
 

Much Hadham Bull

 
     
 

Standon Star

 
 

Standon - The Bell

 

 
 

The Catherine Wheel, Albury

 
     
Friday 20th December The Manuden ramble - excellent craic in quite a few pubs. Two refusals, one unexpected .. one failed exploratory attempt. £250 in the hat (approx)
 

Clavering - Fox & Hounds

 
 

The Cricketers, Clavering

 
 

Ugley Chequers

 
 

Stansted Dog & Duck

 
 

Stansted Club

 

 
 

Stansted Kings Arms Hotel

The Hat was boosted by kind donation of the pub quiz profits!

 
 

Three Horseshoes, Hazel End

 
     
Saturday 21st December

Sheering to Elsenhm via Takeley

A spelendid ramble, if a little wet ... one refusal (expected) and one Christmas Party
(unexpected) . whole team exhausted but happy ...

£275 or so in the hat!
 

Sheering Crown

 
 

The Cock Hotel, Sheering

 
 

The White Horse, Hatfield Heath

 
 

The Cock, Hatfield Broad Oak

 
 

Dukes Head, Hatfield Broad Oak

 

 
 

The Green Man, Takeley Street

 
 

The Four Ashes, Takeley

 
 

Elenham Crown

 
  Paul's Polish Christmas (with extra Jam)  
     

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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.

BEERFORDBURY SOCIAL ANNOYANCE POLICY:
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 (or management policy).
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.
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 next year.
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!
NB: Patrons are asked to refrain from setting tatters ablaze or pulling on them and crying "Ding Dong!"