in the Community"
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
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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