Thursday, 13 May 2021

Rural pub trail for lovers of ale and walking

BRAKSPEAR has launched a country ale trail to encourage walkers and cyclists to use rural pubs.

BRAKSPEAR has launched a country ale trail to encourage walkers and cyclists to use rural pubs.

Drinkers can visit 10 of the company’s pubs and have a collector’s card stamped in each one.

A card complete with stamps from all 10 will earn a free pint and a gift pack containing two bottles of ale and a Brakspear glass.

The Country Ale Trail, which will run until the end of the year, takes in several villages, including Turville, Christmas Common and Middle Assendon.

It is being launched in response to requests from drinkers using Brakspear’s Henley Ale Trail, which is now in its seventh year. Chief executive Tom Davies said: “We’re delighted to be replicating our Henley Ale Trail around 10 of our country pubs.

“Many rural pubs have faced challenging trading conditions over recent years, so this is a way to put them literally on the map, both with customers living in and around Henley and the many visitors to the area.

“All 10 points on the trail are fine examples of the great British country pub.

“We hope that the cyclists and walkers who discover one by doing the ale trail will return on other occasions and make it a regular haunt.” Mr Davies said the decision to launch a country version of the ale trail was the result of claims by the Henley-based Open Spaces Society that pubs in the Chilterns were failing to cater for walkers, riders and cyclists.

He added: “Our Country Ale Trail proves this is not the case and we offer a warm welcome to the society’s members.”

The participating pubs are the Bull and Butcher in Turville, the Cherry Tree in Kingston Blount, the Chequers in Fingest, the Fat Fox and Chequers in Watlington, the Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove, the Fox and Hounds in Christmas Common, the Leathern Bottle in Lewknor, the Prince Albert in Moor End and the Rainbow in Middle Assendon.

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