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Buttercross Inn, Chippenham   Leave a comment

Buttercross Inn Chippenham


Pretty sure that I had done every pub in Chippenham, I was pleased and surprised to find the Buttercross Inn.  Even more so that they had stacks of cider boxes to choose from…we were drawn in like gnats.  Very nice couple running the place, but still familiar…then it struck me: this was the Four Seasons in another life.  It looks really good both inside and out.  Music accompanies the cider fest this weekend (26-28 September 2014).

Oh, right, the house employs a character I first encountered at the Rose and Crown (one of my favourite pubs in town).  Here’s a wee story about Bambi.


Posted 2014/09/26 by Drunken Bunny in newspapers, pubs

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DT #268, 25 September 2014 (Fatty’s Farmhouse Scrumpy)   1 comment

Fatty's House Scrumpy


The folks in Tucson
Can write their own jokes this time.
My sole comment: wheeeeeeee!

Name: Fatty’s Farmhouse Scrumpy
Type: cider
Venue: Buttercross Inn, Chippenham

Review/notes: 50 ciders to select from, many over 7% abv but none a proper session tipple.  How to choose? I went for the inane grin on the red face of the bald, round head before I even saw the name.  I should buy a lottery ticket this weekend.

Fatty's House Scrumpy box

[DT =Daily Tipple, explained in DT #000 here]

Monthly consolidations/compilations: January

Buckles, Chippenham, Chippy Challenge #87   2 comments

Buckles Chippenham bus cod

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: bus fumes
Evaluation: I was shocked by how small the small cod was but it turned out to have doubled over on itself so was a fairly substantial snack in the end.  Delicious, and not just because I was exhausted, starving, and slightly buzzed from the day’s adventure in pub running.  I was still waiting when I saw my bus go by to the adjacent station, but reckoned I’d just catch the next one in 20 minutes; however, there was a queue of pensioners for the bus and I just had time to dash over and catch this one for a mobile snack as we motored out of Chippenham.
Days since last: 6 (Seafoods, Bath)

Buckles Chippenham
Map link.

Monthly consolidations/compilations: January

DT #228, 16 August 2014, (Cape Nelson Shiraz Cab Sav)   5 comments

Cape Nelson Shiraz Cab Sav

Twenty point seven.
Mileage is not the problem:
Velocity is.

Name: Cape Nelson Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: red wine
Venue: house

Review/notes: Shattered at the end of a longer run — and over hillier terrain — than I’ve been used to lately, I opted not to cook.  I’ll drink anything that says Nelson on the label both in honour of the fleet Admiral and the Simpsons character.

The run started in Chippenham and while setting the GPS for the day I noticed this marker for the first time despite using this station 10-15 times per year:

2014-08-16 Brunel Blue Plaque Chippenham


The GPS was tucked away (because I would feel dirty using it for navigation) and I didn’t bring a compass so I was dependent on dead reckoning and the OS map I carried.  As a result, I got turned around a bit on my way out of Chippenham and didn’t reach the Flemish Weaver pub in Corsham until I had already ticked 6 miles. Still, the day was gorgeous.


2014-08-16 route

Speaking of gorges, on the way to and from the Fox and Hounds in Colerne there were some pretty steep descents and climbs to deal with.  Colerne is a spectacular Domesday village that sits atop a high ridge and so is a cruel place to host a Hash but that is exactly what the Bristol HHH have planned.  It became my target for the long run because it allowed me to double dip with the G-Had HHH trail to overlay on the BH3 one.  Excellent.

2014-08-16 route profile


Whilst setting the G-Had part of the trail, I was stunned by the massive sloes on the full blackthorn bushes around Colerne.  This may well be the source for next year’s sloe gin.

2014-08-16 sloes in Colerne


The third stop was at the Hare and Hounds on the A4 just outside Corsham.  At this point, I was ¾ mile short of my planned distance and prepared to call it a day but the bus back to Chippenham was a 20 minute wait so I opted to run the 4½ miles back.  The A4  between Corsham and Chippenham was strewn with dozens of DVD cases for pornographic movies but very little other litter; no other comment on that, just a note.

[DT =Daily Tipple, explained in DT #000 here]

Monthly consolidations/compilations: January

The Constitution Club, Chippenham, Wiltshire   1 comment

constitution club chippenhan sign

The bus debacle left me with nearly an extra half hour to kill but I had just left the last Chippenham pub on my dance card.  Too tired from the run and four previous pints to wander the streets, I racked my weary brain for another option.  I had just read in the CAMRA newsletter I perused at the Hit or Miss that the Constitution Club was allowing CAMRA members in so I took a shot at it since it was just round the corner.

constitution club chippenhan bar

The barmaid buzzed me in and, though she knew nothing of the CAMRA card trick, said I could get a drink if I wanted.  The bar was empty and I was too filthy to go to the lounge where a couple of old-timers sat so I just had a nice, quiet Black Rat in this lovely old club.

constitution club chippenhan

Posted 2014/01/20 by Drunken Bunny in pubs, running

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The Black Horse, Chippenham, Wiltshire   2 comments

black horse chippenham sign

I have tried to attend the Black Horse since my first visit to Chippenham several years ago but it had irregular hours and then was closed then reopened with irregular hours again then closed for refurbishment.  So, this was really the first opportunity and with 20 minutes till my bus departure I went in for a post-run cider.

The sign says ‘Good Food’ but the place is stark and I think the mention is entirely historical.  I took my Blackthorn to the large bay window to watch people as the denizens of the pub watched a football match projected on the opposite wall.  About halfway through the drink I saw my bus roll past, checked my watch, and realised I was on the from-Swindon departure schedule, not the to-Swindon one.  Shit.

black horse chippenham

Posted 2014/01/20 by Drunken Bunny in pubs

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Cepen Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire   1 comment

cepen park chippenham

Normally, I would skip a house like this when there are others to add to the pub list and, in fact, I’ve bypassed this bar several times over the years.  But, at the back end of the run I fancied some fish and the chippies were all closed and the other pubs I haven’t been to before don’t serve food so the Cepen Park got the nod.

It’s what you would expect, attached to a Premier Inn motel it has the atmosphere of a chain dining facility indistinguishable from a thousand others.  But, it served it’s purpose and everyone was friendly-to-very-nice.

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