It may be cold but it’s also crisp which is ideal for a walk round East Hertfordshire’s lethal ‘hoods before ticking off my last Guide entry for the year in Ware
Much Hadham promises much, with my OS Map showing “Winding Hill“, “Palace” and “Waltons“. The latter left for Virginia a century ago, which just shows you can’t rely on printed documents these days.
Talking of which, no Much Hadham entries in this years Guide, and you need WhatPub to see that 2 of the 3 pubs are currently closed. So a well-off linear village has just the Bull, a proper all-rounder with excellent Brakspear the last time I visited.
The Red Lion Hotel gave up its licence many years ago. It’s always good to see residential owners retaining the name of a closed pub, isn’t it ?
That’s a recurrent theme in the village, whose buildings include Old Post Office, Old Drapery and the Old Court House, among others. Appropriately, the few visitors to the inevitable garden centre and café were octogenarians, drawn by that comforting smell of bonfires and burning coal.
Ware looked brighter, and busier, than on my visit a year ago , which I can only attribute to the opening of the new Asda superstore next to my target tick. This being 2016, the Maltings was opening at the pub tourist friendly time of 4.30pm.
The Maltings looked suddenly familiar from a distant visit. The return of my 4G enabled a quick comparison between my pubs spreadsheet and WhatPub. This indeed was the famous Worpell, a pub I have absolutely no recollection of (it’s Greene King).
The campaign to ban renaming of pubs starts here.
QUIZ TIME – WHY DID THEY STOP USING THE NAME “WORPELL”
I can see where the Maltings come from.
Alan Winfield regularly reminds me of the need to check WhatPub before travelling, but then I wouldn’t have the joy of needless trips to outer-London suburbia, which as Simon will know make life that bit more special.
This all made my real last Hertfordshire pub even more disappointing. I always like to finish a GBG county on a high.