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EGON TOASTE's Wassailled Hostelries Guide


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
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.

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!"