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Last look back at 2012 Challenge   3 comments

100beer challenge squares

The previous post was better, but I wanted to showcase the screensavers pieced together by Squeezin’ (with my gratitude for these).  The pics, in order, are

Venue Where beer #
The Princess Hotel (done around 5 am New Year’s Day)  Swindon 1
The Bank House  Cheltenham 2
At the New Year’s Races in Cheltenham (watching my nag drag in)  Cheltenham 3
Midlands Hotel  Cheltenham 4
The Queen’s Tap  Swindon 5
The Four Candles  Oxford 6
The Turf Tavern (at the sign commemorating Clinton failing to inhale there)  Oxford 7
The White Horse  Oxford 8
O’Neill’s  Oxford 9
Ellington’s  Swindon 10
The Red Lion  Oxford 11
The Gloucester Arms  Oxford 12
Eurobar  Oxford 13
The Volunteer  Faringdon 14
The Red Lion  Faringdon 15
The Bell  Faringdon 16
The Lamb and Flag  Oxford 17
The Bird and Baby  Oxford 18
Far  The Madding Crowd  Oxford 19
Southbrook Inn  Swindon 20
The White Hart  Wolvercote, Oxfordshire 21
The Red Lion  Wolvercote, Oxfordshire 22
The Plough  Oxford 23
The Gardener’s Arms  Oxford 24
The Rose and Crown  Oxford 25
TP’s  Swindon 26
The De’s Cut  Oxford 27
The King and Queen  Longcot, Oxfordshire 28
The Woodman Inn  Fernham, Oxfordshire 29
The Eagle  Little Cocks Swell, Oxfordshire 30
The Wheatsheaf  Faringdon, Oxfordshire 31
Faringdon Folly  Faringdon, Oxfordshire 32
Salisbury Cathedral  Salisbury 33
The King’s Arms  Salisbury 34
The Old Castle Pub  Salisbury 35
The keep at Old Sarum  Salisbury 36
Wheatsheaf  Lower Woodford, Wiltshire 37
Bridge Inn  Upper Woodford, Wiltshire 38
Black Horse  Great Durnford, Wiltshire 39
Wilsford Cum Lake sign (heh, heh)  Wiltshire 40
Stonehenge (really a great disappointment)  Wiltshire 41
King’s Arms  Amesbury, Wiltshire 42
George Hotel  Amesbury, Wiltshire 43
New Inn  Amesbury, Wiltshire 44
The Greyhound  Amesbury, Wiltshire 45
Royal Oak  Oxford 46
The Red Lion  Marston, Oxfordshire 47
The Angel and Greyhound  Oxford 48
The University Club  Oxford 49
The GW Hotel  Swindon 50
Jude the Obscure  Oxford 51
The Victoria  Oxford 52
The Rickety Press  Oxford 53
Wahoo Sport Bar  Oxford 54
The Oxford Retreat  Oxford 55
The Grapes  Oxford 56
The Rolleston  Swindon 57
The Baker’s Arms  Swindon 58
The Dolphin  Swindon 59
Marsh Farm Hotel  Royal Wootton Bassett 60
The Cross Keys  Royal Wootton Bassett 61
The Old School  Oxford 62
The King’s Arms  Oxford 63
The Swan and Castle  Oxford 64
The Victoria Arms  Marston, Oxfordshire 65
The Black Swan  Abingdon, Oxfordshire 66
The Blue Boar  Abingdon, Oxfordshire 67
The Bowyer Arms  Radley, Oxfordshire 68
Zen Bar  Swindon 69
Sir Daniel Arms  Swindon 70
White Hart  Lyneham, Wiltshire 71
Sodom  Wiltshire 72
The Angel  Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire 73
Cape of Good Hope  Oxford 74
Rudi’s  Swindon 75
Burn’s Day Lunch (Haggis, Neeps, Tatties, Whisky, and 2 beers)  Oxford 76
Swindon Wildcats 3, Sheffield Steeldogs 4 (SO)  Swindon 77
The Longwall  Oxford 78
The Royal George  Purton, Wiltshire 79
Riff’s Bar  Greatfield, Wiltshire 80
Magic Roundabout  Swindon 81
The Three Tuns  Wroughton 82
The Havana  Swindon 83
The Lydiard  Swindon 84
The Savoy  Swindon 85
The Brewer’s Arms  Cirencester 86
The White Horse  Woolstone 87
The College Farm  Watchfield 88
The Horse and Jockey  Ashton Keynes, Gloucestershire 89
The Vale Hotel  Cricklade 90
Goldfinger Tavern  Highworth, Wiltshire 91
The Red Lion  Northmoor, Oxfordshire 92
The Bell Inn  Standlake, Oxfordshire 93
The Maybush  Newbridge, Oxfordshire 94
The Beehive (this is about 100 yards from the house we are moving to)  Swindon 95
Baker Street  Swindon 96
Steam Railway Company Pub  Swindon 97
The Pig on the Hill  Swindon 98
Long’s Bar  Swindon 99
near Parliament, with a Cuban cigar and a bunch of dirty looks (and after 5 pub stops)  London Marathon 100
The Bear  Oxford 101
The Old Tom  Oxford 102
The Crown  Oxford 103
The Beehive  Carterton, Oxfordshire 104
The Crown Inn  Faringdon, Oxfordshire 105
Romany Inn  Bampton, Oxfordshire 106
Talbot Hotel  Bampton, Oxfordshire 107
The George Inn  Sandy Lane, Wiltshire 108
The White Hart  Calne, Wiltshire 109
The now defunct King George  Calne, Wiltshire 110
Barrington Arms  Shrivenham, Oxfordshire 111
Groves Company Inn  Swindon 112
Revolution  Swindon 113
The Plough  Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire 114
The George and Dragon  Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire 115
The Fish  Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire 116
Great Western Railway Staff Association  Didcot, Oxfordshire 117
The Prince of Wales  Didcot, Oxfordshire 118
Tap and Barrel (good read goes along with this pic)  Swindon 119
Old Town Festival  Swindon Town Gardens 120
Cock Inn  Combe, Oxfordshire 121
Three Horseshoes  Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire 122
Swindon Pride 2012  Swindon (duh) 123
Wernham Hogg’s  Slough, Berkshire 124
The Myrtle Grove  Risca, Gwent, Wales 125
The Sirhowy  Blackwood, Gwent, Wales 126
Railway Tavern  Sirhowy, Blaenau Gwent, Wales 127
The Castle  Bryn Serth, Blaenau Gwent, Wales 128
The Coach and Horses  Ashvale, Blaenau Gwent, Wales 129
Ye Olde Red Lion Hotel  Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, Wales 130
The Tumble Inn  Pontypridd, Wales 131
The Maltster’s Arms  Pontypridd, Wales 132
Wyvern Theatre  Swindon 133
Byron’s Bar  Swindon 134
The Bear Hotel  Wantage, Oxfordshire 135
Source ot the River Thames  Kemble, Gloucestershire 136
Carpenter’s Arms  Lacock, Wiltshire 137
Mill House  Chippenham, Wiltshire 138
Sunny’s Pool Bar  Swindon 139
The Royal Oak  Marlborough, Wiltshire 140
The Lamb Inn  Marlborough, Wiltshire 141
The Crown  Marlborough, Wiltshire 142
IMS/TOF Mass Spectrometer  Oxford University 143
New Year’s Eve on Ferndale Road  Swindon 144

100beer challenge 16x9s

The Emperor, Cambridge   Leave a comment

Something was familiar about the Emperer but I couldn’t put my finger on it until I was ready to leave and stopped by the toilets to evacuate…it USED to be the Globe Ale House.  I had many steaks in here at lunchtime when I worked around the corner, but the new paint, the pleasant music (and it is a live music venue now) and the lack of the odours of stale beer and bodily emissions through me off the, erm, scent.  The kids running the place seemed to have done a good job and seem to know what they are doing.  And my Tribute ale was the perfect end to a day do performance maintenance tasks on some friends’ mass spectrometers.

Posted 2011/10/06 by Drunken Bunny in pubs

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The Nags Head Hotel, St Neots, Cambridgeshire   1 comment

The Nags Head is no longer a pub but it seems to have been one in the past.  I realised the following morning on my way to Cambridge that the restaurant must be separate from the hotel area and that I probably could have gotten my drink down there.  However, assuming that the hotel dining area was all there was and, since it was dark Tuesday night I treated the place the way I treat all ex-pubs in order to include them on the list and had a self-procured beverage (some bourbon from Aldi).

The drink was fairly pleasant and steeled my nerves for the evening in Room 13.  I have never known a room 13 or a floor 13 in any hotel and Kevin the manager said that some people have left due to it.  Kevin was a quite friendly fellow and he runs a clean, quiet, and convenient hostelry.  My room was large and better than most I’ve stayed while in Europe.  If I ever find my way back out here, it will be my first choice.

Posted 2011/10/06 by Drunken Bunny in hotels, pubs

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Mr. Chips, St Neots, Cambridgeshire   Leave a comment

Back in St Neots at 7:15, I wanted to catch Eastenders but was starved having survived my trip and a 10 mile run on three cookies and two cups of coffee (breakfast) and four pints spread out over the trip and the run.  Nearly back to the hotel I spotted lights that could only be a chippy and followed the side street down to Mr Chips.

I order a cod and chips and was served by a young, blonde Englishwoman (fairly unusual in this business these days) who barely understood a word I said so I didn’t get the flood of vinegar I had hoped (and asked) for but the food was quite good with a salty but delicious batter and thick but not at all soggy or greasy chips; and, I was carrying it back to my room by 7:25 so I am caught up on my soap.

Posted 2011/10/06 by Drunken Bunny in food

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The Anchor, Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire   1 comment

I found my way to the Anchor with the help of a stranger.  Entering the big one-roomed house I immediately drew attention (not a lot of runners in this watering hole) but my choice of beer must have been good as I was soon left to enjoy it in silence.

That choice was a Caledonian Flying Scotsman, a chocolatey and peaty brew.  Yep, peaty; it was like a boiler maker with a shot of malt instead of straight whiskey.  Very fine and with an after to savor.

When it was time to leave (getting dark) I asked directions back to St Neots and got some fairly succinct ones from the drunk on a nearby stool, but I had the bright idea that I should try to go via the river trail I originally planned and asked if that was possible and he gave me slightly more elaborate ones which I followed precisely and wound up doing a two mile loop through some swamps.  Man, there really are some things I miss about Fennies.


The pub puts on a bunch of music which is surprising for so small a village, but St Neots has a good music scene to start with so this may not be so surprising.


The Royal Oak, Hail Weston, Cambridgeshire   1 comment

I checked into my hotel in St Neots and caught up on some work for an hour then changed clothes and headed out intending to run the path along the River Great Ouze, but got lost as is so often the case.  I turned up a half hour later in the village of Hail Weston and just as I was about to try to find my way back overland by dead reckoning I spotted the Royal Oak, a fantastic little 16th Century pub that reminds me an awful lot of the house we lived in at Stretham.

The place was packed and it was only 5 pm.  I pushed through the crowd (no mean feat) and ordered a Red Stripe.  As I paid I noticed the old guy I had been standing next to was drinking out of a Big Nose Kate’s (Tombstone, AZ and a place I know far too well) mug so when he returned I used this to strike up a conversation.  Wonderful man, he was a retired submariner and had spent several years cowboying around the west.  Quite a find out here in the Fens.

I left the place and headed down a road promising a ford, but halfway down remembered I had forgotten my pub photographs and had to double back.  As I returned after the pictures were taken, I  passed a guy with a dog and asked directions and discovered I was much further afield than planned but he assured me there was a village ahead, “Little Paxton.  Are you sure that’s what you want?  I don’t want to read about an American turning up dehydrated out between here and Huntingdon.”

“Little Paxton is fine,” I assured him.  “I promise to stop in the Anchor there to ward off the thirst.”

The Waggon and Horses, Linton, Cambs   Leave a comment

Five minutes into a run up a moderate hill and I wasn’t sure if I was lost or not but I was sure a beer would not go unwelcomed and popped into the Waggon and Horses.  A cookery show was on the tele and I asked the landlord what was going on in the program; “oh, some fucking shit, I reckon.”  I turned my attention to the beer and a conversation with the only other patron about usury interest rates on credit cards.

Around 1900, click photo for website of Linton photos this one was lifted from

The pub is pretty nice, and I think there is a big back room besides the small front bar.  The pair wished me luck on the run as I left somewhat bolder than I entered.

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