Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

November 2012 - Gedney & Fleet Hargate

Old Black Lion, Gedney

Bright sunny skies greeted the 19 nimble walkers as they trooped off from the Old Black Lion, Chaplegate, Gedney.

Wrapped up well against the cold, other than the sockless sandalled one, the group took to grassed field tracks and minor roads to wend their way round to Fleet Hargate where they were almost spoilt for halfway house choice. The Bull Inn with its dusky wooden panelling and memorabilia had Olde Trip on offer and in good form. (You will find when doing beer scores for this brew it is still listed under Hardy & Hanson when of course it is brewed by GK.) Across the way the Rose and Crown had beckoned to many Fenlanders first - possibly because it was the nearest en route. Here Elgood's Cambridge (3.8%) and EP (apparently may stand for Elgood's Premier - let's hope it's not relegated as it is a rich malty brew at 4.3%). Also on offer was Tetley Cask (no feedback on this).

Richard then managed to cajole everyone out, onwards and upwards along more minor roads and field edges before entering a delightful small wood complete with full Autumn colours and leafy path. Having carefully crossed the busy A17 back to the Old Black Lion. Oldershaws Newtons Drop and Fulstow Marsh Mild and Common awaited the thirsty trekkers. Once the seating had been re-arranged the Fen folk sat down to what was rated as one of the best lunches on our walks.