Autumn T’Ales  Beer Festival 2018

Starting at 4:30 pm on Thursday, 11 October to Sunday, 14th October the Old Cross Tavern is holding its annual Autumn Beer Festival at the pub.  This year, the Festival has a selection of twenty plus real ales.  The Festival line up covers beers in abv from 3.5% to 6% from breweries from throughout the United Kingdom including Wales, Hertfordshire, London, Essex, Suffolk, Bolton and Nottinghamshire.  The Festival is called “Autumn T’Ales” because it is designed for ale drinkers and conversationalists, looking for solace and conviviality before the onset of winter.  We’re expecting some “waifs & strays” …. who have some good tales to tell and an appreciation of some good beers” (assuming all goes to plan on our part!) NO RSVP required.  DRESS CODE: ‘Come as You Are’.  Everyone is welcome.  No admission charge

 Hertford Community Home Brew Award:  Meet the Brewers Evening

We’re inviting you to join us for a “Meet the Brewers” evening on Wednesday, 17 October starting circa 8:30 pm.  We’ll be serving the champion Beer of the 1st Hertford Home Brew Competition (called the English Sessions) held earlier this year by the Hertford Home Brew Club.  The prize for the for the winning home brewer was to have their champion brew commercially brewed at Hertfordshire’s Tring Brewery resulting in a collaboration project brew with Tring and the home brewer.  

The home brew winner, Lee Immins’ winning brew is a dark Porter style beer, called “Bring Your Daughter to the Porter” (ABV 5.3%) with lovely flavour for those who have a taste for dark arts brewing.  And for those who would like to experiment with a new beer style and if you have never tried porter before, we highly recommend a few sample sips.  Chances are you will be captured by the rich flavour and aromas. The collaboration brew is named after the Iron Maiden song, ‘Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter’.  We suspect that the song must be one of Lee’s favourites.  It is a question you can ask him on the evening because he will be at the event along with reps from Tring Brewery and the Hertford Brew Club.

What happens at a “Meet the Brewers” evening?  Only one way to find out!  We can say that in addition to sampling the beer, the brewers will tell their story plus answer your questions, followed by general camaraderie and banter about home brewing and beers.

We would like to say a special thank you to the Hertford Brew Club for their initiative in hosting Hertford’s first ever home brew competition.  And, also very special thanks to Hertfordshire’s Tring Brewery for their community spirit in sponsoring the competition with the collaboration brew with the home brewer.  It truly was a Home Brew Competition with some Hertfordshire community spirit.

Lee’s champion beer “Bring Your Daughter to the Porter” will be on our hand pumps for tasting on the evening along with banter with the brewers.  Everyone Welcome!  No Admission charge. 


We're really proud to announce that we made the final three of this year’s Hertfordshire Food & Drink Awards, in the Pub Category. This competition covers the whole of the county so to make the last stage is absolutely flattering.  We attended the awards ceremony which was held at The Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green where there was lots of friendly chat, inspiration and sunshine.  We'd like to thank the competition organisers for considering us and of course all of our customers for helping us to keep pushing the pub on to new heights.



South Herts CAMRA Pub of the Year 2018

A special announcement: South Herts CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) awarded the Old Cross Tavern ‘Pub of the Year 2018

A very special thank you to all for contributing to the “Spirit of a Community Pub!” in the Old Cross Tavern.  The Old Cross Tavern Team get FIVE GOLD STARS for their work front of house, behind the scenes, and in particular in our real ale cellar, it is as simple as because of them the Old Cross Tavern is Pub of Year 2018, South Herts CAMRA.


We would like to thank South Herts CAMRA for the recognition that comes with this award and for their long standing campaign efforts and also for excellent communication, especially at the local level and in the pub.  It is very motivating for all on the Old Cross Tavern team to have received the appreciation that comes with this award.


Since the Old Cross Tavern opened its doors in May 1999, it is now a 5 times winner of South Herts CAMRA Pub of the Year (1999, 2000 - joint winner, 2008, 2011, 2018).  And, in the 19 years trading, it has appeared 10 times in the top three of this award.


Charity Fund Raising


Fund raising for the Breast Cancer Now charity (our nominated charity) is ongoing. To date, since April 2014 a total of £9297.00 has been raised for the ‘Breast Cancer Now’ charity during beer festivals and the ‘Something for Everyone” 2014 charity auction plus pub quizzes, raffles & collection boxes including contributions from the Old Cross Tavern. A very special thank you to our customers, suppliers and local businesses for their generous support and sponsorship of the fund raising.

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