Our 2nd visit to this charming ancient pub with its well kept real beers and ciders and, of course, the delicious pie and mash menu. If you're not sure which ale to try they'll happily make recommendations and give you a free taster. Don't be put off if you're not a real ale fan, they sell good lagers and wines too.
The best thing here last night was the lack of footie. Neither I nor my companions are football fans (shock! horror!) and it seems that whilst the World Cup is on, every pub in the country is given over to screening it, talking about it and covering the exterior with England flags. Yuk!
In the 'Charlie' (as we now call it!) the only visible celebration of being English was brilliantly confined to a troupe of Morris dancers performing outside (and then, naturally, coming inside for a few beers!). There was even a rumour that one of the dancers -all of whom looked as old as the pub itself!!!- was the originator of the 'recipe' of one of the beers on sale. Now that would never happen in your local Marston's pub!
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