Ware’s 2019 Summer Saunter – Saturday 29th June 2019

Written by Les Middlewood

On Saturday 29th June why not join Ware and Hertford CAMRA members on a friendly and warm adventure upholding our revered annual custom – a saunter around some of Ware’s best real ale pubs. Our itinerary will take you to community locals, historic hostelries and town centre pubs – and on a journey through a wide range of beers from all over Britain. There will be about 25 cask ales in total on offer.

1.30pm – Royal Oak, London Road
2.15pm – Quiet Man, High Street
3.00pm – Waterside Inn, Bridgefoot (F)
3.45pm – Brewery Tap, High Street (F) (C)
4.30pm – Punch House, West Street (F) (C)
5.15pm – Crooked Billet, Musley Hill (C)

Above, those pubs marked “F” offer food – but check times; those marked “C” should offer real cider.

Of course, Ware is an historic town well worth exploring on foot. It was once dubbed the maltings capital of Europe. Though commercial malting and brewing has sadly ceased in the town, the activity has left its mark with many old maltings buildings and a brewery still standing. Along Ware’s busy and picturesque High Street you will find many a former coaching inn. And then there are the famous gazebos perched on the banks of the River Lea, the surprising Bluecoat Yard and Ware’s interesting town museum. So, maybe make a day of it, with a practice saunter around town before meeting up at 1pm or thereafter. From the Waterside Inn why not take the riverside walk to the Brewery Tap.

Ware Railway Station has direct links to Hertford East Station and to Cambridge, Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow and Liverpool Street via Broxbourne. The 724 Green Line bus connects Ware to Hertford, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, St Albans and Watford in the west and Harlow in the east. The 310 bus travels north along the Lea Valley from Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, St Margaret’s, through Ware and on to Hertford.

So, polish off those sauntering shoes and join us somewhere along the way for a beer or two. And remember, as usual…

Everyone welcome!

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