Christmas spirit on tap at 18th-century Stowe

The Tap Room at The New Inn, Stowe. Innkeeper's wife, Ivy Cakebread serves festive ale'131210M-B401
The Tap Room at The New Inn, Stowe. Innkeeper's wife, Ivy Cakebread serves festive ale'131210M-B401
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Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Georgian Christmas at the New Inn at Stowe Landscape Gardens.

The National Trust team have been decorating the New Inn Parlour Rooms along the Georgian Christmas theme and planning a range of 18th century activities.

The 18th century Tap Room has been reinstated specially for this festive season.

Until December 22, visitors can drop in between noon and 3pm and enjoy a pint of local ale from Chiltern Breweries amid the historic backdrop.

Bottles of Stowe Ale will also be on sale.

Meanwhile, in the gardens there’s a special winter walk and a chance to see the magical candlelit grotto.

At 2pm on Tuesday, December 17, you can hear carols in the courtyard performed by St James and St John’s Church of England Primary School.

Then, at 2pm on Sunday, December 22, there’s a performance by the Leckhampstead Bell Ringers and Joyful Divas Women’s Institute Choir.

An enchanting series of storytelling sessions for children will take place on December 14, 15, 21 and 22.

Georgian stories will begin with The Little Christmas Tree and Jack And The Beanstalk for younger children and continue with Puss In Boots for older children.

A range of homemade fare is on offer in the Nevillery Café, including a pre-bookable two-course Merry Menu at £15 per person, available until December 20.

On Boxing Day, follow a bracing walk with a special Boxing Day Brunch, with choices including bubble and squeak cake, bacon and poached egg, bacon baguettes, cheese on toast and soup.

And there are locally made handcrafted gifts on sale at the New Inn shop.

For information on Christmas opening times and events visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe