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Minibus Ramble: East of Stevenage

Once each month North Hertfordshire CAMRA runs a “minibus ramble” – a Saturday evening trip around a selection of less accessible village and countryside pubs in our region. While the main aim is to have a fun evening out visiting pubs you wouldn’t normally get to, there is another important reason we run these minibus trips. Pubs that are “out in the countryside” have difficulty getting enough NBSS scores registered to qualify for the Good Beer Guide – the minibus trips are an attempt to improve their chances against pubs that are easier to get to. On Saturday April 16th eleven intrepid CAMRA members boarded Ray’s minibus and headed to 5 pubs in the countryside east of Stevenage – as shown on the map below.

 

The first pub was the Rising Sun in Halls Green, a McMullen house with their “Hare Raiser”, “AK”, and “Cask Ace” on (though one of our number had a pint of Erdinger!)

Enjoying ale in The Rising Sun, Halls Green

Enjoying ale in The Rising Sun, Halls Green

The Rising Sun, Halls Green

The Rising Sun, Halls Green

 

The second pub was the Jolly Waggoner in Ardeley, a freehouse with Buntingford’s house-special “The Waggs” and Woodforde’s “Wherry” on.

Enjoying ale in The Jolly Waggoner, Ardeley

Enjoying ale in The Jolly Waggoner, Ardeley

The Jolly Waggoner, Ardeley

The Jolly Waggoner, Ardeley

 

The third pub was The Fox in Aspenden, a Greene King house with the “IPA” on as well as a special for the month “AlePril Fools” and the Moorland (Greene King) “Original Bitter”.

Enjoying ale in The Fox, Aspenden

The Fox, Aspenden

The Fox, Aspenden

 

The fourth pub was The Sword Inn Hand in Westmill, where Greene King “IPA” and Mauldons “Mole Trap” were available.

Departing The Sword Inn Hand, Westmill

Departing The Sword Inn Hand, Westmill

Enjoying ale in The Sword Inn Hand, Westmill

Enjoying ale in The Sword Inn Hand, Westmill

 

The fifth, and final, pub was the Crown & Falcon in Puckeridge, where I enjoyed Adnam’s “Mild” and “Tally Ho!” – there were other beers available but my notes fail me at this point! I was too busy enjoying my Tally Ho!

Enjoying ale in The Crown & Falcon, Puckeridge

Enjoying ale in The Crown & Falcon, Puckeridge

The Crown & Falcon, Puckeridge

The Crown & Falcon, Puckeridge

 

We run these trips every month and pick people up in Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth, and Baldock. The dates and locations are published ahead of time on the diary section of this website as well as in the CAMRA “What’s Brewing” paper and our local “Pints of View” which can be found in most real ale pubs in our region. The bus only seats 11 people – so if you want to come on a ramble do get in touch well ahead of time! (While there is a temptation to try and carry more people it’d become difficult to get things moving along in a timely fashion, 11 can already be difficult enough by the end of the evening!)

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