Prostate Cancer Fund Raising Oct – Nov 2016

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We would like to thank all of you who join in with our various activities and fund raising last autumn to raise money for this worthy cause.

Just to let you know we raised nearly £1400.00 in total.  Great job everyone.

Bank Holiday Beer Festival – May 27th – 29th 2017

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Join us for our second beer festival.  Building on the success of last year we have joined up with Mad Squirrel brewery (formerly Red Squirrel from Hertford) to offer a weekend of interesting beers, some cider, some live music and of course, some good food.

Details are still being finalised – but keep some time over the last May bank holiday to come and visit.

More details soon.

Gin Masterclass – 3rd May 2017

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We will be hosting a Gin Masterclass on Wednesday evening 3 May 2017.

Are you a gin lover and wish you knew more about this sumptuous spirit? A Gin Tasting is exactly what you need. Learn all about your favourite tipple whilst trying five varieties of delicious gins and their best accompaniments plus a mystery gin!  There will be interesting food pairings to show gins versatility. Whilst there will be a little education – it should also be a really fun night!

If you are interested, please contact us to book for place. Payment in advance only to secure your place.

30 spaces available

Our first cocktail masterclass.

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Fancy learning to make some cocktails?  Oh, and get to drink them too!

Discover the secrets to handcrafted cocktails and learn about the premium spirits and fresh ingredients we use to make them.

Get ready to learn all the tricks of the trade, from muddling and mixing to shaking and stirring as you make three delicious cocktails. This evening will be lead by expert Drinks Consultant Duncan from the WineEdco,



10% OFF a meal if you wish to have a bite to eat after this fab course.

Contact Peter to secure your place. Telephone payments taken.

Why grow a Mo?


Men are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. They are dying too young, before their time. We’re taking action and we need your help.

This Movember, grow your moustache for men’s health. See our donation page. We would appreciate a small donation for participating.

Take a photo of your clean shaven face on Tuesday 1 Movember, and every Tuesday thereafter or just on 29 Movember. Share them on our facebook/twitter/Instagram pages or on The Golden Fleece’s notice board in the pub. The quirkiest Moustache will win dinner for two. (excluding drinks).

Looking forward to seen all those “clean shaven” faces on Tuesday 🙂


Giant Hertford Pumpkin Becomes Halloween Beer


A Hertfordshire grower and two brewers have converted a 480 lb pumpkin into ~3,000 pints of delicious pumpkin beer for Halloween.

And a Halloween promotion of the beer at a local pub will raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Douglas Smith of Sweet Pea Salads, based at Foxholes Farm, Hertford, has teamed up with New River Brewery LTD, a local craft brewery based in Hoddesdon to produce a seasonal pumpkin beer.

The 480 lb giant pumpkin, which weighs more than two baby elephants, was nicknamed “Lily” and was converted by Hertfordshire based local craft brewers, Jeremy Alter and John Bourdeaux into an exciting new autumnal special, Pumped Up! in time for Halloween.

“What better way to mark our 50th brew than to create a really special beer using a locally grown and quite remarkable ingredient!” said Jeremy Alter.

Commenting on the fact that New River Brewery’s used grain is recycled as cattle feed at Foxholes Farm, John said “Putting a pumpkin grown on that land into our beer, seems to complete the Life circle perfectly” adding, “It feels like Cinderella in reverse – turning a pumpkin into ale!”

After the ceremonial cutting of the pumpkin, Lily was taken to the brewery and made into a very special beer named Pumped Up! Giant Pumpkin Ale, 4.2% abv. It is now available in casks for Halloween and throughout Autumn.

To make this special beer, the ‘Atlantic Giant’ pumpkin was first roasted and caramelised in an oven, before being added to the brew together with a special mix of spices to complement the flavour of the pumpkin.
The pumpkin was one of two giant pumpkins grown by Douglas. An even larger one – ‘Stella”– which had to be lifted using the farm’s JCB – was entered into a UK wide Biggest Pumpkin competition, coming 6th place out of 25 with a final weight of 624.1 lb. Stella is now on display at Foxholes Farm.

“The giant pumpkins have been a huge “wow factor” for kids at the farm – and it makes a change from the more usual salad leaves that I grow to sell”, said Douglas

To celebrate the launch, New River Brewery are donating a cask of Pumped Up! to Hertfordshire publican, Peter Tatlow of The Golden Fleece, Braughing, for a Halloween special promotion at the pub from Friday, 28th through to 31st October. Pumped Up! brew will be sold for £3.50 and all funds raised will go to Prostate Cancer UK.


Douglas Smith – The grower – 07791 396 538
Jeremy Alter & John Bourdeaux – The brewers – 07775 586 931
Peter Tatlow – The Landlord – 01920 823555