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.
PLEASE BRING A LANTERN AND TORCH WITH YOU!
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:
UNFORTUNATELY, THE WAGGON AND HORSES DOES NOT DO FOOD IN THE EVENING, SO WE WILL GO TO THE CRICKETERS PUB (short walk from Waggon and Horses) AFTERWARDS FOR SOMETHING TO EAT. JOHNNY DEPP HAS BEEN SEEN IN THIS PUB TWICE RECENTLY!
Address of pub is Cricket Green, Hartley Wintney, Hook RG27 8QB. Sample menu below:
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