Its high time I wrote about the pub that has been my local for most of my drinking days. The Waggon & Horses. Set in the Hampshire village of Hartley Wintney, a village you couldn’t exactly call sleepy being sat on the A.30 although there are some quiet places.
Also some no go areas.
There was once, long before my time, a brewery in the village.
But back to the pub.
When I started drinking here in the late 1970’s, there were four other pubs in the village centre, The Lamb Hotel, The Swan, The Little Crown and The Cricketers, only The Waggon and Cricketers now survive. For over thirty five years or so the pub was run by Linda and Niall.
Much beer was served over those years.
With Linda and Niall retiring a couple of years ago the pub has been taken on by former barman Kaesey.
Despite extra pubco restraints the pub continues to flourish with a good variety of beer, though sadly no longer Dark Star.
The Waggon & Horses is a traditional two bar pub,
deemed heritage status by CAMRA.
Food is served daytimes, as demonstrated in the slideshow below by Big Steve.
The pub has many other features,
But sometimes words mean nothing at all.
The bar staff here are always keen to serve
Sometimes rude , like some of the punters.
But never fear, the guvnor can spot a punter coming from 200 yards away.
Its a great little unspoilt pub, and if you’re very lucky you might spot the mobile D.J.