Brewery History Society

Brewery History Society

1999 Joint Society Social Meeting at Histon


As it is so long since the social meeting held at the Red Lion at Histon, Cambridge in July last year I am not writing a report (mainly because I enjoyed it so much I cannot recall too much to say), however I do include a couple of photographs from the day. I'm sorry that they will not reproduce very well but I hope it gives a flavour of an event that we would love to repeat.

Can anyone suggest a suitable venue? We ideally need somewhere that's easy to get to from any where in the Country with good public transport links. Excellent beer, good food, welcoming hosts. Plenty of space for stalls, with cover in case of inclement weather (surely not needed in a British Summer?). Not a lot to ask really, after all we managed it last time!!! In reality we may have to make a few compromises but you know the sort of thing.

On the day we had glorious weather and were lucky to be able to use the marquee which had been set up in the pub's spacious garden for a week long charity beer festival that had just finished. This meant that there one or two beers still available from the festival to supplement the pub's own range of cask ales. Just once in a while you do land on your feet.

There was a wide range of stalls including our own book shop (above), ably manned by Ken Smith, Ruth Minett and, not so ably, myself (well I had never done it before, I will think of bringing a float along next time); These included:

and many private stalls. My apologies if I have missed anyone out. There were also an awful lot of people there to enjoy the day and snap up the breweriana.

Our very great thanks to our host Mark Donachy and family and staff who were absolutely exhausted after the week long beer festival on top of a full week's work.

We took a leisurely amble back home visiting the centre of Cambridge to see the architecture, Barley in Hertfordshire to see the famous Fox and Hounds pub sign spanning the road and Ware to see the brewery building remains - and the inside of an Italian restaurant. Just one of those great days.

Jeff