rare breed livestock and then noticed that they had hops growing in the hedgerows around their farm.
Some of these hops are wild and are thought to originate from 300 year old hop gardens. Whilst these are used in current brews, they buy in specialist hops and barley which give the beers their interesting and varied flavours. They supply both bottled and barrel beer with names all drawn from the location of the farm, which is on the site of Roundhead camp at thetime of the first battle of Newbury. The bottles all have a coloured feather stuck on the label which makes them stand out from the crowd. Following the tasting, we moved along Hampton Hill High Street to a local Italian restaurant where we enjoyed a late supper and a fair amount of excellent wine chosen by the Lodge’s own sommelier, Larry Hands.