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Day out to Worcester, 7th June

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale


  A Bourton group of 6 CAMRA members managed to get an earlier bus than planned, so arrived in Worcester in good time. We decided to go to The Postal Order in Foregate Street before meeting up with the others. This Wetherspoons pub was packed. We quickly realised that our day out, planned many months before, was coinciding with the Worcester Races. However, 9 real ales were on offer despite the crowds, including local brews: “This” from Teme Valley, and “Black Pear” from Malvern Hills.


  We then moved on according to plan to The Cricketers in Angel Street. Here we met up with 6 other participants. Spitfire, M&B Mild, Black Sheep & Bombardier were on offer. Several of our party tried the Mild, but found it was at the “end of the barrel”. The bar staff quickly remedied the problem and issued replacements. This pub was also busy, but by now many of the race goers were departing to the race course


 We then continued to The Plough in Fish Street (Photo 1). Alas the thirsty race-goers had almost drunk this pub dry. Only one Real Ale, a Porter, was on offer when we arrived, but later further Ales were bought on to replace the “dead” ones. Several of our group ordered food here, which was excellent.


  We were now a little behind schedule, so we decided to miss out the Berkeley Arms in St. Johns. Instead we went to the next pub, The Bell in St. Johns. Here we had a choice of 4 Real Ales, including “Piddle in the Cellar” by Wyre Piddle Brewery. (Photo 2)


  Meanwhile one of our party had left The Plough early, and had gone on to The Berkeley Arms. He reported that 2 Real Ales, Jennings Mild and Cumberland were on offer. Re-united, some of us walked (Photo 3), and some went by bus, to The Dragon Inn, the Tything (Photo 4). 4 Real Ales were on offer, including “Kings Shilling” by Cannon Royall. Some of us decided to stay here, while a few who had not yet tried The Postal Order, departed to go there, as per the original agenda. A very enjoyable day came to an end, and we reluctantly made our way back home.