A bonus as a result of our little jaunt back up to the Cotswolds was that I was able to get a little supply of some beers from one of my favourite breweries. Not just a bit of old nostalgia, as this beer was drunk during halcyon days, but it is very fine indeed. So fine that all their beers would be in my Top 10. Praise indeed!
The Donnington Brewery is one of life's treasures - beer as beer should be and brewed in one of the most stunning locations beer could ever be brewed in. Just outside Stow-on-the-Wold by a lovely millpond where water is drawn from a spring. I remember, quite a few years ago now, popping in to ask if the brewery could supply the beer at our wedding reception and was given an impromptu guided tour and tasting by Claude Arkell who ran the brewery until his death in 2007. It was like stepping back in time - my sort of place with floors that creaked, fixtures and fittings that were not just pleasing to the eye, but were just right and not a computer in sight. Lovely to be reacquainted with it again - cheers!