Friday, 17 September 2021

New ale trail for Henley pub visitors

BRAKSPEAR has launched its seventh annual ale trail.

BRAKSPEAR has launched its seventh annual ale trail.

Drinkers can visit 10 of the company?s pubs and have a collector?s card stamped in each one that will entitle them to a free pint and T-shirt. The trail runs until the end of the year.

The launch took place at the he Bull in Bell Street, formerly Ko-Ko, which re-opened on Friday following refurbishment.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: ?The ale trail has developed over the years into a Henley tradition, with many loyal ?trailers? who complete it every year.?

Artist Doug Myers? oil painting of Henley Bridge has been used as the poster for the ale trail and appears on the map and in participating pubs.

Mark Dunlop, 50, manager of the Angel on the Bridge, one of the participating pubs, said: ?The ale trail gets people around the town and promotes what?s good about Henley and about Brakspear.?

Town centre manager Peter McConnell said: ?It?s really important from a tourism aspect to attract people into Henley. We do have some fantastic pubs in the town, especially the Brakspear ones, a lot of which have undergone refurbishment recently.?

Richard Pereira, a photographer, of Boston Road, Henley, said: ?I?ve never managed to finish the ale trail but there?s every chance I?ll get through the whole circuit this year.

?It?s good for pubs in Henley and the local economy because it generates more footfall for the town, which can only be a good thing.? Bill Kukstas, 49, a computer software engineer from Caversham, said: ?It?s good fun and an opportunity to go and see different pubs ? plus I?m a fan of the Brakspear bitter.?

The participating pubs are the Bull, the Anchor in Friday Street, the Angel on the Bridge, Little Angel, Saracen?s Head in Greys Road, Rose and Crown in New Street, Row Barge in West Street, Old Bell in Bell Street, Three Tuns in Market Place and Three Horseshoes in Reading Road.

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