A Visit to Church Lane

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Today’s jaunt into Banbury town centre was all about Church Lane – first modparlphotos and I stopped by Church Lane Gallery to jump on the latest social media bandwagon sweeping Banbury – the hashtag #selfiewithCharlie. Strictly speaking mine is not a selfie since I didn’t take it – but it’s just me in the picture so I consider by myself to be selfie enough in this instance.

Now, modparlphotos‘ pic is actually a selfie since he wielded the camera in both.

Then there was cake at El Safina Coffee House – which I have said many times is one of the highlights of Church Lane for me – and indeed, a highlight of Banbury Old Town. The iced coffee (yes, I know it’s November) was once again perfection and cake … well, cake is always a good choice.

Finally, we were delighted to have been invited to a preview visit at Banbury’s latest micropub and the latest addition to Church Lane – the Old Town Ale and Cider House.

I’d had the pleasure of meeting John Bellinger, the man behind the micropub and behind the bar, when he appeared on the Jones on Food & Travel show the other week and was keen to see what he’d done to the space. And my goodness – what a change there has been to the rather dull white box it was in its previous life. With just a bit of paint, some greenery and wooden accents, the palce has been transformed!

I don’t know enough about ciders and ales to speak about that part in any informed way or any detail – but there seemed to be quite a few choices and I left it to John to pick something out for me. That’s always best, I find – leave it to the experts and as this is John’s 10th pub over the course of his landlording career, he is expert enough for me. I had a lovely, quite fruity (rhubarb-y) cider.

The official opening is November 16 so mark it in your calendar to go along to check it out. If you’ve not been to a micropub before – I’ve got the lowdown on what they are all about. The rest of the album from our visit is below – and as usual, if you want to see any of them in larger format, just click.

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