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Another Day on the Marston Vale Line

It was far too lovely a Tuesday to do the pub crawl I had initially wanted to do so instead I managed to combine walking, trains, and a trio of pubs to produce a lovely day out.

First stop was Ridgmont – 1 ¼ miles from the village of the same name where the Rose and Crown was my first destination. I had hoped to have lunch here but the walk from the station was both entirely without charm and longer than the mileposts had promised. So instead I had a pint in a perfectly tolerable pub and headed back to the station. The beer on offer was Eagle and what I thought was called Major by McEwan’s (which I had) but I can find no trace of the latter ale on McEwan’s website.

150109 at Ridgmont

Bletchley-bound London Midland 150109 arrives at Ridgmont

The Green Man in Lidlington came recommended by the person behind the @marstonvalecrp twitter. Another twitter user, @rwjc22, said of it, ‘nice boozer but beer not great.’ He was spot on. I had a pint of Ruddles before heading away.

The Green Man

The Green Man, Lidlington

After a catching the train to Millbrook I walked through the Millennium Country Park to Stewartby from where I caught the next train along the line to Kempston Hardwick. I was heading to the Chimney Corner pub on a wing and a prayer – the internet told me that it had reopened after many years shut but nowhere could I discern whether it was still open and whether it would be open in the afternoons. The walk to the pub, on a road busy with trucks, was not at all pleasurable and I was overjoyed to find a pint at the end of it.

I was delighted with the Chimney Corner. I had a pint of Trewlawny and hoped this pub could flourish. It had only been reopened since December and clearly had some way to go but I liked it very much and will go back – although I might have to seek a safer route.

The Chimney Corner

The Chimney Corner, Kempston Hardwick