CURRENT GROUP STATUS
We have returned to visiting pubs, as Thursday lunchtimes are quite quiet in many pubs, we have large spacious areas in which to meet. We are generally meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month. It is good to be back in some of our favourite haunts, comparing the merits of great British Ales.
The next outing is on Thursday 18th November; it will be to The Grosvenor in W Ealing/Hanwell. Our December outing will be on Thursday 16th, venue tba.
We welcome enquiries from new members.
Our outings so far in 2021 have been
- In May we went to The Foresters, Northfields.
- In June, we visited the Red Lion, St Mary’s Road, Ealing.
- July saw us visiting The Express Tavern, Kew Bridge.
- In August we went back to one of our favourite local pubs, the Black Dog in Brentford
- September saw us visit the London Apprentice, Isleworth
- October saw us visit two pubs in the Paddington area - this was organised by group member Kevin and a report on the visit can be found in the links on the LHS of the page, along with a photo.
The Beer Investigation Group in Lockdown
At first those of our members who wished to, shared pints over Zoom meetings, so we visited the Lockdown Inn, the Zoom Inn and others. We had beer themed quizzes and we diverted with a Cider meeting. When we were able, some of us met in Ealing parks in groups of up to 6, even simultaneous meetings in different parks. Then we started meeting in pub gardens. Groups sizes being dependent on Covid regulations.
This is a group for those who are interested in Real Ale and the modern variants. The group was started by the late Stan Owen a few years ago.
Currently the group has around 30 members, and is not seeking more participants as it is about the right size for the the pubs we visit. However, if you would like to join a similar group, please contact the convenors (Patricia and Sue, details below) who will help you set up another group.
We meet at least once a month usually on a Thursday lunchtime for lunch and to sample ales. This is not a regular Thursday but depends on beer events. We travel to the venue after the U3A weekly talk, or meet at the venue for those not going to the talk.
Duration - leisurely lunchtime 1-2 hours - join at your leisure, leave early if you wish.
Venues – pubs with an interesting offering of ales, often free houses or microbreweries, mostly in Ealing/Hounslow boroughs, occasionally further afield. We include local beer festivals.
Format - casual chat with like-minded men and women from U3A.
Any other suggestions for future venues welcomed - please email Patricia if you have any ideas.
Conveners: Sue Sotheran and Patricia Donnithorne. Sue is the main phone contact (020 8998 6281) and Patricia the main email contact. Email through the blue bird contact on this page.
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