Some of us in Gloucestershire are seeing the return of the now familiar lakes where fields used to be. While the fields of rain hold a certain beauty, people at risk of flooding are understandably nervous yet again.
The Haw Bridge Inn, one of the few remaining proper local pubs in the area has been flooded twice in the last few months. The first flooding closed the pub over the Christmas period, and having just sorted everything out and reopened, the floods entered again putting the place out of action over new year.
You don’t have to be in the trade to work out that not being able to do any business over Christmas and New Year is going to hurt, badly.
I’ve just driven over the Haw Bridge and seen the river, its almost level to the car park. Lets hope it stays there, a third flooding since Christmas is just not fair.
And, flood or no flood, I’d ask everyone who reads this blog to go down to the Haw Bridge, Drink, Eat and be … well merry. You’ll not only have fun but you’ll be supporting a valuable local community hub.
Their Next Event Is: Up The Craic without a paddle at The Hawbridge Inn Irish Themed night for charity – Pholk law and open session irish music
Saturday, February 23, 2013
In every good pub guide and on every real ale website you will find mention of a multi award winning pub that is local to me, The Boat Inn, a 400 year old riverside inn, situated on the Ashleworth Quay in Gloucestershire.
This small riverside cottage has been in the same family for 400 years, serve real ale and farmhouse cider, from the cask in their small front room bar.
The Boat Inn is now run by Mr Ian Lock who has returned the pub to its roots, serving only traditional ciders and well kept real ales by gravity.
Being a free-house, you’ll find a constantly changing list of Beer and Cider both local and from further afield. You’ll also often find a diverse range of locals, cyclists and tourists to engage in conversation with.
Stepping in to the Boat Inn, Ashleworth is like taking a step back in time. Escape the chemical filled presurised lagers and corporate gastro pubs with their plastic “character” and experience one of the UK’s best preserved riverside Inns.