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EGON TOASTE's Wassailled Hostelries Guide


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We're going and doing - again!

.. and thanks again to everyone who supported us. The demise of the Great British Pub is well reported but a tad previous - go to any of the houses below* and we guarantee a warm welcome, good beer and on occasion some rather excellent dining.
(*parties excepted - and you'll have to join the Stansted Club first, but it's worth it!!)

2014  Ava Nuvver, Phil de Glacers, Dawn Pistill
Photos 2003 - 2014 by GeeJay Grafix except as noted - all rights reserved
TOUR (& Rough Location)

Tour & SIGN of the HOUSE

Notes *
See below.

Friday 12th Skirts of Stortford
A modest but intrepid crew reduced by Suggers laryngitis and other minor disasters nevertheless acqitted themseves with aplomb!
£177.69 in the hat

Jolly Brewers, Stortford



Three Horseshoes, Spellbrook


The Bull, Sawbridgeworth

  The Orange Tree Sawbridgeworth

Hand and Crown, Sawbridgeworth

Great Craic - Landlord's valediction

Rising Sun, High Wych


Allens Green: Queens Head

Another poub with Great Craic - and the Landlord's valediction
Saturday 13th

Oak & Heath. A small but intrepid crew - great craic everywhere we went!

£266.67 in the hat

Sheering Crown

Landlord's valediction - great little company

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

All Hail! a very kind landlady & a fitting finish ....
Thursday 18th Ash Vale - well worth a tour at any time of year £181.65 in the hat

The Catherine Wheel, Albury


Standon - The Bell


Standon Star

We scared off the Standon Morris!
  Nags Head Lt Hadham
A most kind landlord - vale !

Much Hadham Bull


Hunsdon Green Man


Wareside - the Chequers


Wareside - White Horse

Friday 19th

Manuden Circular - some marvellous dining, great ale and excellent friendship

£258.51 in the hat
  Yew Tree

Clavering - Fox & Hounds


The Cricketers, Clavering

  Liz's friends party - Glühwein and candles !!!!  

The Cricketers, Rickling Green


Stansted Club


Stansted Kings Arms Hotel


Three Horseshoes, Hazel End



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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) or we're asked back.
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 / special party / 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!".

HEALTH WARNING - FFS DO NOT attempt to cuddle our Andy - at least not if you're male and / or ugly and / or dunk as a skunk and happy as a fiddler's bitch ... he may look like a big ole brown bear. That's because he is a big ole brown bear. His usual diet is heavy on well-lubricated topers, eaten raw with a dash of tabasco sauce .....