August Mini Update

Just a very brief note about the trips planned for August, I will do more of a newsletter early August.

Saturday 1st August, there is a trip by rail to Malvern Link and Worcester.  Saturday trips are usually excellent days out, and can easily be combined with sightseeing or shopping!  The train departs from Gloucester at 11.36 but please meet at 11.20 to allow time for purchase of tickets.

Wednesday 12th August our social meeting is at Tank, Gloucester Brewery’s new tap.  There may be further exploration of the docks area to take in the Lord High Constable of England.

Friday 28th August, Cotswold Mystery Tour.  Booking is essential for this trip as it is by minibus.  Bookings back to me please and a reminder that trips are open to non members, but if high demand, members get priority.

Saturday 5th September, Kemble and Stroud by train. Meet 11.00 for the 11.14

Date for the diary – CAMRA in Gloucester AGM 30th September details to follow

It is really important that these trips are events are well supported or they are in danger of not taking place.

Cheers and don’t forget to update me on any pub news you may have.

Margaret

Day Trip Report: Stroud and Around

Our intended itinerary for Saturday 4th January was The Village Inn at Nailsworth , Clothiers Arms and Ale House both in Stroud and finally the Star at Whiteshill. As it turned out this changed quite a bit on-the-day, more of which later. Travel tip of the Day:

Buy a Group Explorer ticket if there are blocks of four of you travelling. All day in the area for all four people for the princely sum of £15. Bargain! Just ask the driver.

Leaving Gloucester on the 11.15 No.93 to Nailsworth we arrived at the first pub – The Village Inn. We spoke with the head brewer of 2 years, Eimhin Hawes (pronounced Evan). The 6-barrel brewery was established in 2006 which allows the pub to offer its own ales (in a bid to maintain exclusivity) together with other local guests  – they have recently started bottling too. Originally a Blacksmiths the building had its own 50ft deep well, flowing from the Brecons, which provides an ideal water source for brewing. Make sure you head downstairs (en-route to the loo anyway) to take in a view of the brewery/ 2nd Travel Tip of the Day:

You may bring your own food into the pub. So may we recommend a visit to the chip shop next door for what could only be described as “whale and chips” for £6.30.

Beers: The Mayors Bitter 4.2%, The Amber Skipper 4.5%, The Red October 4.9%, Severn Vale: Severn Swans 4.9%, Alestock 3.6%

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