|Arriving at the Severn Valley Railway station, Bridgnorth|
White Lion, BridgnorthWe eventually arrived in Bridgnorth just before 1pm, having departed Oxford at 10am. Most of the party set off for the Railwaymans Arms but Steve and I walked quickly up the steep hill of Railway Street to reach the High Town.
The first pub we visited was the White Lion in West Castle Street. We made the mistake of entering by the front door and having to push a way through to the bar as the pub was packed with rugby fans watching a Six Nations game on TV.
Hobsons Brewery of Cleobury Mortimer, a distance of about twelve miles.
|Hobsons - Twisted Spire|
The Old Castle, BridgnorthIt was only a few yards walk south along West Castle Street to reach a second pub featured in the 2014 Good Beer Guide - the Old Castle.
Town Crier (4.5% ABV), a full flavoured golden ale.
|Garden of the Old Castle, Bridgnorth|
The Railwaymans Arms, BridgnorthHowever, there was still time for a beer at the Railwaymans Arms, housed in the refreshment rooms of the Severn Valley Railway station at Bridgnorth.
|Batham's Best Bitter - 2nd handpump from left. Railwaymans Arms, Bridgnorth|
We took our beers outside on the station platform to enjoy the view of working steam and diesel locomotives.
There were fine westward views from the coach towards Ludlow on the way to Bewdley, another town on the river Severn. After a coffee break, I walked to the High Street passing St Anne's parish church.
The Little Pack Horse Inn, Bewdley
Some way along the High Street, is the Little Pack Horse Inn which has a painted sign on the front of the building instead of a hanging sign.
|Little Pack Horse Inn, Bewdley|
The Little Pack Horse Inn is in the 2014 Good Beer Guide and is a cosy, traditional pub.
|Golden ales and 'Ullage' at the Little Pack Horse Inn|
This was a chance to catch up with a group from the Oxford CAMRA party and hand out remaining copies of 'Ullage', the West Berkshire CAMRA newsletter.
As it is brewed nearby, I ordered a Worcestershire Way (3.6% ABV) from Bewdley Brewery. A lovely pale straw colour, it is brewed with First Gold, Celeia and Fuggles hops. Steve arrived soon afterwards, having walked from Bewdley railway station, on the other side of the river Severn. It would soon be time to catch the coach at 6pm for the return journey to Oxford. Walking back to Load Street, there were some lovely skies to be seen over the town.
Thanks to everyone involved for a great day out in Bridgnorth and Bewdley. It's days like these that make volunteer work for the Campaign for Real Ale especially worthwhile.