Whilst a cat, a horse and a swan would normally have you racing back to the ticket office in demand of an immediate refund, this special #Tryanuary safari is a pub crawl of Mid-Chilterns boozers that take their namesakes from the animal kingdom. Doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?
Tryanuary is a volunteer-led campaign, founded in 2015, to support beer businesses throughout the month of January (traditionally the toughest month of the year for pubs, bars and breweries).
Taking inspiration from the campaign, we’re giving you a pit-stop tour of three local pubs that will make for amazing days out when they can open their doors once more.
Whilst there are thousands of animal-inspired boozers throughout the UK, here are just three in the Mid-Chilterns that should be top of your beery bucket list:
The Old Swan, Cheddington
Set in the Buckinghamshire village of Cheddington, The Old Swan is a charming 16th-century Grade-II listed thatched freehouse that prides itself on a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The bar area offers an open fire and beautiful feature beams, with local ales served and dogs welcomed. Other spaces include an expansive garden for summertime imbibing and a restaurant boasting locally sourced, home-cooked food. Diners are delighted and so too are walkers, with close by routes including the Grand Union Canal and the Ridgeway Path. For those enjoying a well-kept ale or two at The Old Swan (for which there are many to choose from), Cheddington Station is just one mile away. Whether it be a grand day out or a relaxing evening cosied up to the fire, The Old Swan is a fantastic choice. Cheers to The Old Swan at Cheddington!
The Black Horse Inn, Chesham
The Black Horse Inn (Chesham Vale) is a classic country pub and four time consecutive winner of Your Chesham Magazine’s ‘Favourite Pub’ award. Along with its’ beautiful valley backdrop, this vibrant pub offers a jam-packed calendar of exciting events throughout the year. Visitors to The Black Horse Inn can enjoy acoustic evenings, special theme menus and even a thrilling movie night in the impressive barn bar.
Log fires banish cold chills in the winter and a large garden affords long, pleasant evenings in the summer. Local cask ales flow bountifully in this establishment, an establishment that welcomes dogs and children. As a one-stop shop for entertainment, lush food and exquisite ales, The Black Horse Inn really does have it all. Cheers to The Black Horse Inn at Chesham Vale.
The Black Cat, Lye Green, Chesham
The Black Cat at Lye Green (Chesham) is a cosy, inviting pub that pours many a well-kept local beer through its’ pumps. A pint of ale from the bar serves as the perfect accompaniment to an impressive array of traditional games such as dominoes and crib. Memorabilia of black cats and breweries adorn the walls and offer intrigue, with regular quiz nights to satisfy the most inquisitive of minds.
With its’ wonderful beer garden and parking a-plenty, visitors to The Black Cat may never wish to leave (good job they have food, fires and a function room).
The Black Cat welcomes both children and dogs so rally your crew for an amazing day out! Cheers to The Black Cat at Lye Green.
All change here as our whistle-stop tour of three fantastic pubs in the Mid-Chilterns draws to a close. Whichever animal they may be inspired by, we hope you can enjoy The Old Swan, The Black Horse and The Black Cat on a local ‘pub safari’ very soon.
*To find out more about the #Tryanaury campaign, please visit their website HERE.