I nipped out for a couple around Balderton on Christmas Day lunchtime. Firstly to The Grove where everyone was shoehorned into the bar; it looked like the lounge was set aside for the occasional diner. The usual National Blands were on offer, Spitfire and London Pride, OK nick but with collars that would have put Harry Hill to shame. Perhaps that’s how they can sell it for about £1.75/pint. Then a short trek down the cinder path to Chesters where they had Sharp’s Doom Bar (and very nice it was too). Michael, the landlord, said that people were asking for and enjoying it so he’d be getting it quite regularly. Worth a visit if you’re in the village. Didn’t have time for one in the Rose & Crown I’m afraid, maybe next time.