How about a Traditional British Lunch with all the trimmings, a great festive atmosphere with like-minded company in a beautiful rural pub.
Every year we get asked the question, what alternatives do we have to give us a Christmas Dinner with a difference.
Well there are a number of tours that leave London for the day to glorious locations and include a lunch stop at a traditional English Country pub, who serve a fabulous lunch with the back drop of a roaring open fire.
Warwick Castle at New Year
One such location we recommend is Stratford-upon-Avon:
For further reading we recommend the official local government tourist site:
Local History of Stratford written by Tim Lambert
Stratford upon Avon was founded by the Saxons when they invaded what is now Warwickshire in the 7th century AD. The name Stratford is made up of Celtic and Saxon words. It was the straet ford that is the ford by the Roman road. Avon is a Celtic word meaning river or water.
At first Stratford Upon Avon was a typical village but in the late 12th century it was transformed into a town. (At that time trade and commerce were growing rapidly and many new towns were founded). In the year 1196 King Richard I granted Stratford the right to hold weekly markets. (In the Middle Ages there were few shops so if you wished to buy or sell anything you had to go to a market).
Soon the town of Stratford Upon Avon was up and running and there were many craftsmen there such as blacksmiths, carpenters, shoemakers, brewers and bakers. Stratford was also known for its malting industry. (Processing barley for brewing).
Medieval Stratford Upon Avon would seem tiny to us. It probably only had a population of between 1,000 and 1,500. However towns were very small in those days. However by the 13th century Stratford had a small grammar school.
Furthermore in the Middle Ages people formed religious communities called guilds. The Guild of the Holy Cross was formed in Stratford in 1269. The guild had its own chapel which still stands.
To continue reading Tim Lamberts excellent work,
You can further helpful information on this lovely area at the official local government site for the Cotswolds:
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We found this tour and thanks to them; at www.bestvaluetours.co.uk