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The Falkland Arms, Oxfordshire

A couple of years ago, me and my wife went for a nice romantic weekend in the Cotswolds, and after a bit of searching found a beautiful little pub with rooms. It was The Falkland Arms, and we have since stayed there again, and are will be going for dinner and a few drinks in a few weeks’ time.

The pub itself is in a little village called Great Tew, nestled in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. It is old, quaint and covered in ivy – a perfect country pub, if you ask me. It’s cosy interior is filled with all sorts of pub paraphernalia, and the roaring open fire on a cold evening is very welcoming. There are 4 hand pumps with a nice selection, and I think at least one featuring a Wadworth ale, as it’s a Wadworth pub.

The staff were very friendly, and showed us to our room upstairs – a small stone staircase leading to a creaky landing and into our room with a beautiful 4 poster bed, complete with curtains. Very cosy (again) and very romantic – uneven floor and lots of dark wood.

But back to the bar: very nice beers, great atmosphere (you may even spot a celeb or two) and a selection of country wines too, if you feel that way inclined. Oh, and the food…excellent. Ham hock and fish pie, so very good but so much – couldn’t finish them, though we tried. And  the breakfast the next morning, full English done wonderfully.

They have live folk music on a Sunday too, and we were lucky enough to catch some the last time we were there. A nice pint of beer, crackling fire, full pub and one man with a guitar – absolutely perfect for the setting.

If you’re ever nearby, stay for a night or two. Or go for dinner. Or just a drink. Wonderful English countryside pub that’s not to be missed.

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Noble Green Wines, Hampton Hill

I only found out about this place relatively recently, in the last 6 months or so, and have only visited it once as its a little out of London, but I will definitely be a regular here (my brother, who lives nearby, has been a few times…much to my jealousy).

It is primarily a wine shop, with most of the shop housing a wide selection from around the world. But when I went, I wasn’t interested in that. I went straight to the beer section – there’s a room to the side with an extensive range of bottles: ales, wheat, craft, Belgian, lagers. Definitely something for everyone.

The real standout for this shop, however, is the cask ale. 20-odd casks sitting in rows, all waiting to be tasted! Admittedly, not all of them are available as some are resting, but there’s always a good selection. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, happy to pour out tasters and give suggestions. They seem to be regular stockers of various Twickenham Ales brews, as that’s local to them, and when I was there they had at least 4 Dark Stars on, including their American Pale Ale and the seasonal Summer Meltdown, spiced with ginger – delicious!
They pour your chosen beer into plastic milk bottles (2, 4 or 8 pints), or 5, 10 and 20 litre kegs/boxes for a few of you (or if you’re a fast drinker), and they even do the full firkins for parties, etc, but I think they need some notice for that.
A wonderful shop, and the only place I know if in London that you can get cask ale to take away…anyone know of anywhere else that does this?

Find out everything you need to know here, and definitely go and visit them

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