The Bell in Aldworth , is certainly an appealing pub, the quintessential country pub in fact, tucked away in the Berkshire downs. A former national CAMRA pub of the the year way back in 1990, it boasts the only heritage interior in the county.
It was very well attended on my Friday lunchtime visit, but there are plenty of nooks and cranny’s with stools and benches to find yourself a space to sit and enjoy your pint.
Beer is served from the glass window enclosed bar through hatches, lending a quirkiness to proceedings whilst peering through the windows to discover what beers are being served from the handles scattered amongst the pots of honey for sale, you could also buy eggs here if you should so wish, as well as crusty bread rolls with numerous fillings and various ploughmans.
The till was a delightful set of wooden drawers with brass handles, electricity not required.
Although a small pub there are several rooms and corridors all with some form of seating or other, so there seemed to be somewhere for everyone , you just had to go and look.
There was a local theme to the beers, past and present.
Its a charming pub with very friendly locals, a little bit of a step back in time, a vision enforced by the rather rustic outside Gents, look up and you can see the sky.
It was a bit of a trek finding this pub but well worth the effort.
And just in case I decided to have another funny turn, help was at hand.