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The Andover Arms: A Home Away From Home

Chintan and Suraya Informal, comfortable and traditional, The Andover Arms in Brackenbury Village is a hidden gem You may have to search quite hard to find The Andover Arms in the heart of Brackenbury Village, but the quest is well worthwhile. Tucked away in the terraced streets, it is the epitome of an old-fashioned, intimate […]

Dog of the month – interview: Albi

After a life globetrotting with his owner Lavinia von Schneider, Albi the Staffordshire (right) is a permanent fixture of Brackenbury Village. Reporter Rufus Barclay (left) goes face-to-face with this popular and influential resident. Q. You knew the Prince of Wales quite well, tell me about that? It was nothing, we were in the JFK compound […]

The Andover Arms: On Christmas Day many locals have their lunch and dinner at the Andover

It is a well known fact within the catering trade that a pub that books lots of taxis around closing time is doing something right. But, rather than inebriated locals or motorists abandoning their car after one too many, the Andover Arms sees fleets of taxis turning up for very different reasons. Firstly, the cabs […]

Father Christmas goes high-tech

Speaking in a booming voice down a crackling telephone line from Lapland in the Arctic Circle, Father Christmas reveals the history of his many names, his reliance on technology and the challenges of not waking children when delivering presents Q. Hello. Am I really talking to Father Christmas? You certainly are! Q. Wow! Can you […]

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