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Crookham Travel provides day tours and longer holidays with Brewery Visits, Pub Tours, Preserved Railways, Tram Systems, Christmas Markets, River Trips, Coastal Cruises, City and Country Breaks in the UK and abroad. See the pictures above for some of our past activities. Established since 1977, we have, so far, organised more than 440 trips for over 38,000 participants! Please check our "Tours" link above. All tours start from London (unless stated otherwise) but some may be joined en-route. We are a Supplier Associate Member of SIBA – The Society of Independent Brewers - and were selected as Supplier Associate of the Year in 2017.

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RAIL ALE RAMBLE No. 185

A Visit To Harvey’s
and the Seaside

Wednesday 25th July 2018

 

The astute amongst you will have noticed that we have announced RAR 186 after RAR 184 and may have wondered what had happened to RAR 185. Well, I can reveal that we have a rather special visit lined up for a small number of you – a visit to one of the finest traditional breweries in the county – Harvey’s of Lewes. It has taken us a couple of years to get them to agree to host us – the demand for visits is so keen that their waiting list is closed, probably for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, they can only accommodate 25 people on their exceptionally interesting tours so it is likely that more people will want to join us than we can take. The fairest way is to allocate the places on a “First-come, First-Served” basis so your prompt response is politely recommended. In order to accommodate those who do not have email access and are being contacted separately, you will be told whether you have been successful during the first week of July. Note that I am away for a couple of weeks so will not be able to answer any queries before then – please contact Gerald if you need clarification.

So, what is involved in this trip? You are likely to be able to buy a ticket from your home station cheaper than we can get from Victoria so we are not offering the train. At the moment, there are some very cheap Advance tickets from London Victoria (and probably from your home station too) – once you have had confirmation that you have a place, you are recommended to get your ticket ASAP (suggested single to Brighton, return from Lewes). Alternatively, an Off-Peak to Falmer is valid via both Brighton and Lewes.

We will meet in Brighton at 11:30 at a very well regarded brewpub – the North Laine Brewhouse at 27 Gloucester Place which is easily accessible by foot or bus from the station. They brew a great range of beers and have at least eight handpumps dispensing them. We have an included pint and a brewery tour for those who wish to visit. A relaxed time will be spent here followed by several hours of free time to explore some of Brighton’s excellent pubs.

You need to make your way back to Lewes by train or bus (your choice) to be at the John Harvey Tavern opposite the brewery by 17:45 for an included pint prior to the brewery tour. Indeed, the tour around the Victorian wonder that is Harvey’s magnificent brewery starts here at 18:30.

If your idea of a brewery tour is a swift look at the mash tun and then straight into the sampling room then this tour is not for you at all. A visit round Harvey’s is like no other – their brewing methods are explained in detail and you are extremely likely to learn something new about the brewing process. The tour is lengthy but extremely interesting and you won’t find that the time drags – you’ll feel you earned the visit to the sample room once it has finished though! Many people who have been on the tour consider it the finest brewery visit they have ever been on – I am one of these!

 

-          TFG 19th June 2018

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Announcing...

RAR 186

"Beer in the Community"

Saturday 28th July 2018

 

To Oxfordshire, visiting a number of mainly community-owned pubs in the county. The five pubs we’re visiting are all attractive in their own right but are particularly interesting and worth supporting because they all have been bought from their original owners and are now the centre of their community – virtually all would have otherwise been closed.

 

We have three pick-up points – Feltham (SWR station), Hatton Cross (LT station) and Didcot Parkway (GWR station). From these we’ll pick up our private to:

 

Plough, West Hanney. This picturesque, friendly, 16th Century thatched pub is located opposite the church. It was sold in 2015 by Punch Taverns to a local community group and has been refurbished and serves four changing beers, often from local breweries.

 

 

Red Lion, Northmoor. A traditional village inn with whitewashed stone walls, heavy oak beams and a large garden. In 2014 it was bought by the local community from Greene King and since then has gone from strength to strength. You will be able to select from a well chosen selection of four local beers served from their small bar.

 

 

Plough, Long Wittenham. A very traditional and friendly 17th Century Grade II-listed pub. Their large garden stretches down to the River Thames and has ample seating. This is where we’re having our included lunch which will not just consist of a round of sandwiches but also includes a portion of quiche and a home-made sausage roll (vegetarian options available – please indicate on the booking form). They have a range of three real ales.

 

Pendon Museum. Through the medium of railway modelling, it provides a unique glimpse of English rural life around 1930 through extraordinary dioramas featuring railways, villages and landscapes. It has a number of permanent exhibitions including the Vale Scene (an ambitious model of the countryside of the Vale of White Horse as it was in the 1930s), the Dartmoor Scene (part of an imaginary Great Western branch line meandering from South Devon into Cornwall), the Seawall (a representation of the famous stretch of Great Western Railway main line running from Dawlish to Teignmouth) and the Madder Valley Railway (a famous, pioneering layout built in the 1930s on permanent display).

 

Seven Stars, Marsh Baldon. A 400-year-old coaching inn that has been rescued from closure and possible redevelopment by the local community. Closed in November 2012 (the fourth time in 10 years), a committee was rapidly formed, shares bought, locals engaged and the pub re-opened in March 2013. Since re-opening the facilities at the pub have been improved and it is now at the heart of the local community. Four cask ales, a couple of which will be local, will be available to enjoy.

 

Plum Pudding, Milton. The name comes from the Oxford Sandy & Black pig, a local breed affectionately known as the Plum Pudding Pig. The pub was previously a Greene King tenancy called The Admiral Benbow but has now been purchased as a freehouse and the facilities will be improved over the next couple of years. This pub with four real ales, mainly local, is a fine place to finish a splendid day out!

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Eight Breweries:

Two Roses

Small World

Summer Wine,

Hogs Head

Magic Rock

Nightjar,

Landlord’s Friend

Stod Fold

 

Calderdale Industrial Museum

 

Kirklees Light Railway

 

GBG pubs

 

Free time in Halifax, Huddersfield, Sowerby Bridge

 

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We were very pleased to see an excellent and informative article in the April 2018 edition of the Railway Magazine, “40 Years of Rail Ale Rambles” by Dave Richardson. The Railway Magazine has been published in London since July 1897. As of 2010 it has been, for three years running, the railway magazine with the largest circulation in the U.K.

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