The Hartley Wintney Wassail!

  • January 17, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Do something really quite different and join us for this wassailing or should I say "apple howling". This event, held near to twelfth night, celebrates both the passing of Christmas and the future good health of fruit trees.  It all starts outside the Waggon and Horses Pub with the Hook Eagle Morris Men dancing and of course you can dance with them too if you want! Then we will take part in the torch procession which makes its way to the Community Orchard at Hunts Common. Once at the orchard there will be singing and dancing and a wonderful firework display. Complementary cups of cider or apple juice will also be available. A tree will be blessed then the procession will head back to the pub to carry on celebrating. 

Traditionally the custom  of wassailing ('Wassail' is from the Anglo-Saxon 'waes hael' meaning "be in good health") involved the local farm workers visiting the orchard after dark with shotguns, horns, food and a large pail of cider. They would make a loud noise to raise the Sleeping Tree Spirit and to scare off demons. Cider would be poured over the roots and pieces of toast placed in the branches as a gift to the spirit of the tree. The wassail song is sung as a blessing or charm to bring fruitfulness or even in admonishment not to fail in the upcoming year.


Parking - Public car park with 132 spaces at Monachus Lane - charges of 70p per hour up until 7pm. It is a short walk from the car park to the Waggon and Horses.

To view a map of where the car park is and the location of the Waggon and Horses go to the link below:


Address of pub is Cricket Green, Hartley Wintney, Hook RG27 8QB. Sample menu below:

Light Bites/Starters

Organically Grown Hampshire Leek and Potato Soup served with Our Bread Roll £5.50

Pan Fried Hampshire Foraged Field Mushrooms and Our Garden Thyme served on Toasted Sour Dough Bread £5.95

English Heritage Tomato and Basil Salad served with Buffalo Mozzarella and a Pesto Dressing £7.95

Confit Potted Duck Served with Apricot chutney and Melba toast £6.95

New Forest Rosemary Glazed Goats Cheese Salad served with Balsamic Dressed Leaves£6.95


Real Ale Battered Fresh Brixham Haddock and Triple Cooked Chips
served with a Minted Pea Purée and Tartare Sauce£12.00

Brixham Smoked Mackerel and Avocado Salad
Served with Honey and Mustard Dressed Leaves £10.95

Hand Carved Honey Roasted Free Range Meon Valley Ham
served with Triple Cooked Chips and Double Hens Eggs £10.50

Hampshire Wild Field Foraged Mushroom Risotto
served with Rocket, Real Summer Truffles £13.95

The Cricketers Berkshire Sirloin Steak Burger
served with Mature English ‘Cave Aged’ Cheddar, Our Coleslaw and Triple Cooked Chips £12.95

Hartley Wintney Traditional Butchers Pork Sausages 
Served with Whole Grain Mustard Mash and Red Wine Jus £11.00

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  • Susan H

    A most enjoyable evening - very different but very interesting, too. Thank you.

    January 19, 2014

  • Caroline B.

    A lovely evening thanks for organising Linda. Enjoyed the meal at the Cricketers after good food and company.

    January 18, 2014

  • kerri

    Thank you very enjoyable:-)

    January 18, 2014

  • Linda M.

    Lovely uplifting community event. I love these old traditions and I am glad they are being revived. Great meal and good conversation at the Cricketers afterwards. I even caught Jayne R having a dirty vicar with her friends! That was a sight to see I can tell you!!

    January 18, 2014

  • Ann M.

    Great evening, enjoyed catching up with the group.

    January 18, 2014

  • Noeleen H.

    Hi Linda
    Sorry not able to make tonight, I was hoping my sore throat would be better today but still feeling lousy, hope you all have a great evening.

    January 17, 2014

  • Susan H

    Hi Linda, I don't leave work until 5.30pm and then hv to change and get down the A30/M3 from LHR, so I may or may not arrive by 6.45pm/7pm - depends on the traffic and weather. I will let you know my progress. Hope I do make it in time as I want to be there for the start!!! :) xx

    January 16, 2014

    • Linda M.

      No problem Susan I hope you get there on time but understand if you are delayed.

      January 17, 2014

  • John F

    Sorry Linda, my cold just got heavier and I can't imagine being able to enjoy the evening out although I'm sure you all will.

    January 16, 2014

  • Della

    sorry to cancel

    January 15, 2014

  • Marcel A.

    Sorry have to cancel as I won't be back in time from work. Hope you all enjoy the evening.

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Linda,
    I will give the meal after the event a miss.

    January 5, 2014

  • Susan H

    Shame this has been rescheduled as I was just testing the batteries in me torch!!! :) But fully understand, as more adverse weather is due tonight and all day tomorrow. Thankfully 17JAN is OK for me, so let's hope all goes to plan for that evening. xxx

    January 2, 2014

  • Amina V.

    Please take me off the food list Linda as I think it'll be too late for dinner. Thanks very much indeed. Sorry to retract this.

    December 29, 2013

  • Adrian S.

    Would very much like to attend this, but am seeing family on Friday & don't know what time until at the moment - awaiting arrangements.

    December 29, 2013

  • Ann M.

    Can you put me down for dinner. Thanks

    December 28, 2013

  • Paul M.

    De Burger for me too please

    December 28, 2013

  • Anthony S.

    HI Linda a bit late for dinner for me thank you

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Linda yes pleas I would like the steak burger thank you

    December 28, 2013

  • Georgie B.

    Hi, I don't think I will eat as it will be fairly late by the time we would be eating I think. Thanks.

    December 27, 2013

  • Amina V.

    Hi Linda, I would like to have dinner after the Wassail. My choice is The Cricketers Berkshire Sirloin Steak Burger. Thanks a lot.

    December 27, 2013

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