Further to my email explaining about The Swan not opening anytime soon, on the way back from the Wednesday Wander tonight we called in and met the landlord of The Fox and Hounds at Sheffield Bottom RG7 4BE, just behind the Arlington Business Park at Theale – see https://www.foxandhoundstheale.co.uk/ . As you can see from the web site it has a lovely garden with plenty of space and a huge tarmac car park (well done Nick for suggesting this one).
The pub would be delighted to welcome us on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and we can have our own large area of the dining room or bar so that we can meet and socially distance at the same time. They are happy to do us cheesy chips (gluten free ones too!) and if anyone wants anything more they have snacks such as pork pies and pickle for £3.95 and full meals from £10 a head. You will not need to leave your details as you are part of the Reading HOC and they have my number should they need to contact us.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday the 12th of August and we can meet at the Fox and Hounds and sample surroundings and the beer (from £3.30 a pint); Look forward to seeing lots of you and should you have any questions or queries, just contact me.
Erica GassorINTERIM BRANCH SECRETARY