I had a fab day yesterday, albeit with bouts of pain in the old eye ball, with my old school chum Peter Richardson. We set off to find a brewery attached to a pub. The Kings Head in East Hoathly, East Sussex, as a tiny macro brewery next door to it, the 1648 Brewery and supplies the public house with its main ales. Of course we had to go in and try some of the and I have to say they were fabulous. It was wonderful to sit in a typical old fashion English pub and know that the beer had been produced on the other side of the wall just as it would have been in the old days.
The brewery is named after the date of the warrant for the execution of King Charles the first and a copy of the original warrant is on the wall inside the pub complete with all the signatures of those that agreed to his death. It is amusing to remember, as one sups the beer at the bar, that most of those that signed the warrant were later beheaded by Charles’ son, Charles II when he was restored to power in 1660. These traitors were tried and found guilty of regicide.
So even after 350 years, we can still toast both of the Kings very good health, which Peter and I most definitely did!