Brakspear’s Ale Trail heads to the country

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear is launching a Country Ale Trail, guiding walkers and cyclists round 10 of its rural pubs in the Henley area.

The Country Ale trail takes in several villages including Maidensgrove, Turville, Kingston Blount and Christmas Common. It is being launched in response to requests from the many Henley residents and visitors who complete Brakspear’s Henley Ale Trail, now in its seventh year, and follows the same successful format.

Drinkers receive a stamp on their Ale Trail map when they buy a pint of Brakspear beer in a participating pub. Maps with a stamp from all 10 pubs can be redeemed for a free pint and a gift pack containing two bottles of ale and a Brakspear glass.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said:

“We’re delighted to be replicating our Henley Ale Trail around 10 of our country pubs. Many rural pubs have faced challenging trading conditions over recent years, so this is a way to put them literally on the map, both with customers living in and around Henley and the many visitors to the area.

“All 10 points on the trail are fine examples of the great British country pub. We hope that the cyclists and walkers who discover one by doing the Ale Trail will return on other occasions and make it a regular haunt.”

“We were interested to read the recent comments from the Open Spaces Society about pubs in this area not being particularly welcoming to cyclists and walkers. Our Country Ale Trail proves this is not the case and we offer a warm welcome to the Society’s members.”

Tom Davies, Brakspear chief executive

The Country Ale Trail runs from last Friday, 14 June until 30 December. The participating pubs are: Bull & Butcher, Turville;  Cherry Tree, Kingston Blount; Chequers, Fingest; Fat Fox and Chequers, Watlington; Five Horseshoes, Maidensgrove; Fox & Hounds, Christmas Common; Leathern Bottle, Lewknor ; Prince Albert, Moor End and Rainbow, Middle Assendon.

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