Group Co-ordinator Rob Johnson – Please use the Message form below to contact me)
Venue Various local pubs – See list of visits below
Meeting dates Third Thursday of the Month
Meeting time 7pm – 10:30pm (ish)
Additional charges N/A

This group is for those with an interest in beer and cider… drinking it, tasting it, exploring new varieties and visiting agreeable pubs in congenial company. The group meets once a month, on the 3rd Thursday evening, to visit one or two pubs in order to sample the brews on offer. There are many suitable venues between Southwell and Nottingham along the No. 26 bus route.  All pubs selected are within a very short walking distance from stops on the bus route, so Group members can take advantage of this service and leave the car at home if they wish. We catch the bus that arrives at Wheatsheaf Court as soon as possible after 19:00 hrs and return on the bus that leaves as near as possible to 22:00hrs. This gives us about 2 hours to sample the wares, usually at a couple of pubs, and gets us back to BJ at about 22:30hrs.

A list of proposed expeditions for 2024 is shown below:-

Jan 18th           Nott’m (Sneinton) – King William IV, The Fox & Grapes
Feb 15th Carlton – The Brickyard and The Free Man
Mar 21st Southwell – The Admiral Rodney
April 18th Thurgaton – The Red Lion
May 16th Burton Joyce  – The Nelson and The Wheatsheaf
June 20th Southwell –  The Coach House and The Hearty Goodfellow
July 18th Nottingham – The Barrel Drop and The Hop Merchant 
Aug 15th Southwell – The Final Whistle 
Sep 19th Lowdham – The Old Ship and The Magna Charta 
Oct 17th Nottingham – The Bell and The Roebuck 
Nov 21st Nottingham (Sneinton) – King William IV and The Fox and Grapes
Dec 19th Burton Joyce  – The Nelson and The Wheatsheaf

BJD U3A Beer and Cider Tasting Group – The Admiral Rodney, Southwell –  March 21st 2024

Fifteen of us travelled this month, to visit The Admiral Rodney in King Street, Southwell. We were lucky enough to be transported on one of the new “Pathfinder Deluxe “ buses, which are being assessed for use as an upgrade on the Burton Joyce to Southwell leg of the Pathfinder 26 route in order to take advantage of billiard-table like smoothness of the newly resurfaced A612 Nottingham Road. See picture for an artist’s impression…

The journey was very comfortable indeed, with the extra leg room and heated seats adding to the almost sybaritic opulence of the experience. The climate control was just right; pleasantly warm but not too clammy and the on-board entertainment, relayed via the route planning screen at the front of the vehicle, was most entertaining. It was very good of the driver to select a film show appropriate to the age profile of his passengers. We all laughed at the Dad’s Army re-run (the “Don’t tell him, Pike!” episode) and enjoyed the old Pathe News and Look At Life clips. That trip to Southwell just flew by…

If the service proves satisfactory, and if financial issues allow, it is hoped that the new Pathfinder Deluxe buses will be with us from the start of next month.
Check back on April the First for updates…

Rob Johnson, Group Coordinator

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