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A winters tale

In boating, camra, caravaning, Country Fare, eating out, english pubs, local history, Misterton, real ale, river trent, social history on February 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Well life is slower than ever in our village on the trent, yet more snow and ice is causing transport and communication problems nation wide. Here in stockwith the effects of the snow are icy roads and many less regulars braving the weather to join us for a drink and a chat. But those who do brave the elements are as usual being greeted with a warm smile a glowing hearth and a friendly word. Talk is of the weather and tales of winters long remembered and all agree that yet again we have failed to cope with natures more inclement offerings.

The boats in stockwith basin appear like toys upon a frosted glass all fixed within the ice that sheets the waters surface. The canal to is frozen over the surface looking firm and strong as it holds its charges solid. But the look is much deceiving as the ice is only thin, its strength is only spectral and evaporates once tested.

The crew that works the brewery are braving the bitter cold in an effort to brew fresh ale. Our order book requires we brew our ales whatever the climate offers. So with blue fingers and misty breath they toil around the vessels cleaning barrels and all else that is required to produce a sparkling brew . They work with smiles and laughter to keep out winters cold, for all are true believers . Missionaries with a passion for ale in all its forms believers in tradition and there one true idol ‘a sparkling pint of beer’ .

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View from the Bar

In boating, camra, caravan club, caravaning, Country Fare, english pubs, local history, real ale, Resturants, river trent, social history, View from the bar on December 28, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Well the season of good will is upon us and excess is the order of the day.

Here at ‘The Hart’ we again put our greed and avarice to good use, we held a charity race night and raised £265 for cancer research. All i can say about that is well done guys well done !

Christmas eve and Christmas day passed as always busy in the bar with lots of regulars and many not so regulars reveling in the season of cheer and good will, it is a shame that people cant be as nice ( and free spending lol ) all year round. With the new year rapidly approaching thoughts turn inevitably to ‘the new years eve bash’ and as a publican to the out poring of an alcohol fueled emotion tsunami that is the chimes of midnight, with its attendant tears and Bonn hommee.

For myself  ‘the new year bash’ is more a trial of nerve and guile, as it is my role to keep the emotional torrent under control whilst supplying the emotional rocket fuel. I often feel that this night above all nights high lights the dualism of the publican, for we are in essence parasites living of peoples social interactions and weaknesses. We are both poacher and game keeper as we allow or even encourage social degradation and excess, we prey upon the weak addicted characters in our society whilst espousing social responsibility and all that is proper and honourable . We landlords are as is stated ‘fit and proper persons’ in the eyes of the law licensed drug dealers if you will, but drug dealers none the less.

A bit of history

In boating, camra, caravan club, caravaning, Country Fare, local history, social history, Uncategorized on December 16, 2008 at 8:53 am

Local History : The village of West Stockwith

The village has evolved over centuries to the ‘Stockwith’ of today, it reached its zenith  when transport relied upon water and waterways, the village then boasted far more than the current two hundred odd inhabitants with many pubs inns ale houses shops and water based industries such as boat building, chandlers, roperys. Other local industries that used the waterways for transportation such as a flax mill a chemical works ( fertilizer manufacturing ) and of course agriculture farming etc.

The village stretches for about one mile along the banks of the river trent, to one end of the village the river Trent is joined by the chesterfield canal, at Stockwith Basin half way through the village the river trent is joined by the river Idle ( this junction is coincidentally the site on which ‘the Hart’ is built .  the villages past glories can be seen when you wander down main street as many of the properties offer clues to the past in there names and styles of construction, ferry landing, the malting’s, ropery house etc, to name but a few.

The village boasts a wide variety of building styles and properties of varying size from grand Georgian houses to small Victorian workers cottages, many have been adapted throughout the years , to leave the eclectic individual homes that we see today.

View from the Bar

In boating, camra, caravan club, caravaning, Country Fare, eating out, View from the bar on December 12, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Well dear reader its Friday its bloody freezing Alex n I are on the bar today and unless I’m wrong the pub is still in West Stockwith.   I was hoping that the pub would be transplanted to somewhere hot and sunny overnight but alas no .

Last night I had a true ‘blonde moment’ and of course half the bar found out so I’m fair game again today. Alex and I ordered a Chinese meal last night when it arrived I shoved it into the oven.  My barmaid said ‘ you can’t put that in there’ referring to a polystyrene tub of sweet and sour sauce.   I of course poo pooed this and affirmed ‘ I’m a chef I know what I’m doing’ blah blah blah . So yes you have guessed it this morning I have had to clean inside my oven, as you can imagine I will take some stick over that today.

Other news from ‘the Hart’

Well we are all Christmas-ed up all decorations up MTV playing round the clock  Xmas pop tunes, I can’t keep count of how many times I’ve heard ‘ so here it is merry bloody Christmas’ etc.

The kid’s all performed brilliantly in their school pantos, now I know why they get away with so much stuff  ‘they can all act’ .

View from the bar

In boating, camra, caravan club, caravaning, Country Fare, english pubs, Misterton, real ale, Resturants, river trent, View from the bar on December 10, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Todays madness … well today its a bloody moana-gram….. 

Had a phone call today on behalf of the county fire officer, it seems that the government ( you know the berks who have buggered the economy ). Have decided in there infinite stupidity that pubs in general, and mine in particular are aT high risk  of fire !

It seems although people cant smoke anymore we are still ‘high risk’ as we store flammable chemicals ‘ yes they are on about good old lovable alcohole’ and  to make things ‘safer’ for us all the fire brigade can’t come and offer safety advice anymore as they have done for years ! 

No we have progress ( that thing they do that kills rain Forrest’s and achieves nothing but keep them in new bits of paper ) we now have to have a ‘FIRE RISK ASSESMENT’.

yes you have guessed it they cost…… lol 

So now i need to spend money on a piece of paper ‘ think that stuff burns ?’ to show why n how we might have a fire n what I’m going to do to reduce the risk of  it etc, this will cost £199 pounds and several hours work. So i have one question dear reader ‘ do you feel safer’ knowing i have a nice new bit of paper .

This bloody country is drowning under this paper and bull shit government .    ARGH ARGH ARGH

A bit about us….

In boating, camra, caravan club, caravaning, Country Fare, eating out, english pubs, Misterton, real ale, Resturants, river trent, Uncategorized on November 23, 2008 at 10:17 am
Alex and Wayne

Alex and Wayne

The White Hart is a friendly country free house, it is owned and operated by the Moore family. The family consists of Joan ‘my mum’, Wayne ‘me the landlord’, Alex ‘my better half’, Charlie ‘my son’, Tamsin and Daisy ‘our daughters’

We have had ‘the Hart’ since September 2001 and have worked to turn the pub into ‘the heart’ of the village. The family all take part in the day to day running and life of the pub, ( our home ) and we try to make our customers feel that they are visiting friends.  We pride ourselves on our family togetherness especially as seldom does a Sunday pass without ‘the girls’ helping daddy in the kitchen and ‘waiting on’.  Making  Sunday lunch in ‘the Hart’  a very relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Charlie and daddy are in charge of ‘the beer’ and ‘the celler’ and are both justly proud of the quality of product served in the bar.   ‘The Hart’ a noted real ale house offers at least four real ales mostly brewed on site in the pubs brewery .

Joan and Alex work hard on the look of ‘the Hart’ trying to make it always feel warm and welcoming and keeping the rest of us clean tidy n happy. Both ‘Landladies’ are the power behind ‘the Hart’.

The most important and as yet un mentioned member of the family is Tessa our English Springer Spaniel.  Tessa  acts as our ‘meeter and greeter’, as the door opens she can be seen tail wagging, padding over to our guests offering her paw of friendship. Tessa has an ever growing band of friends who love her and consider that she is the ‘Heart of the Hart’.

All about ‘the Hart’

In camra, english pubs, real ale, river trent, Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 at 2:05 pm

This family-owned and CAMRA-accredited country free house prides itself on the warmth of its welcome.
We offer a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Our friendly staff are pleased to make our guests feel at home.
We gladly welcome our four-legged friends and, of course, children are welcomed. We offer an outside play area and an indoor toy box to make their stay more enjoyable for all concerned.

We offer free Internet access, pool, poker, quiz nights, charity events etc. We serve cool lagers and fine real ales, many of which are brewed on site as we are the home of the Idle Brewery.
We also offer home-cooked meals prepared by a qualified chef to a high standard of both quality and presentation but, unlike many other establishments, we pride ourselves on the good value we offer our customers.
The owners and regulars are justly proud of our cottage-style beer garden stocked with mature plants and well-tended lawn. The garden offers ample seating for those warm afternoons  and a secure play area for our younger guests.

For the more sport-minded amongst us ‘The Hart’ is equipped with a modern dual channel, dual screen satellite tv system, giving us the capability to view two TV  channels at one time. Either 2 Sky or Sky and Setanta/terrestrial etc. We try not to miss a match !

The musical choice is as varied as our customers. We aim to offer entertainment that is suitable and enjoyable for all of our patrons.
Music is supplied by our satellite TV system and displayed via our 2 wide screen TVs

We offer both Sky sports and Setanta sports as well as a full range of music channels .
We also offer wi/fi Internet access and free Internet access through our bar lap top .

Welcome to The White Hart Inn West Stockwith

In camra, english pubs, real ale, river trent on November 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm
The White Hart

The White Hart

Wayne and Alex would like to welcome you to the White Hart Inn, a traditional English country pub on the banks of the rivers Trent and Idle in the Nottinghamshire countryside.

This blog will keep you up to date with events and general comings and goings.  If there’s anything you would like to see included here let us know in the comments section below!

Hello world!

In camra, english pubs, real ale, river trent, Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm
Alex and Wayne ...

Alex and Wayne ...

Welcome to The White Hart Inn Blog…… we hope to make this site interesting and informative…… but we are blog novices so check us out, comment and be kind…… thanks Wayne