2019 – Cruise to White Horse Pub

May 18th 2019 – Cruise to White Horse Country Pub and Restaurant

The weather for the Spring-Cruise was PERFECT!

Let’s be honest, the weather this Spring has been awful. Even in England, it never rains
this much for so long. But on Saturday May 18th the sun came out and made some of
Connecticut’s best scenery sparkle.

On what was possibly the best Saturday of this otherwise soggy Spring nine cars and their crews gathered at the commuter parking lot near exit 14 on I-84 in Southbury.

Three Spitfires, two MGBs, an MGA, a TR6, a TR4A and a Jaguar comprised the caravan that undertook the tour, and I am happy to report that all vehicles completed the run with no reported problems.

They were there for a gentle ramble through the hills of western Connecticut to a final
destination of the White Horse Pub and Restaurant in Marbledale.

Now it’s actually not very far from Southbury to Marbledale but the planned route would take them further afield and require 68 miles of hill and dale driving before thirsts could be slaked and appetites satisfied.

Our route took us through many of Connecticut’s smaller communities such as Washington, Kent, Sharon, Cornwall Bridge, Warren and New Preston as we looped around the hills in the western part of the state on quiet roads.

It’s sometimes hard to visualize a drive on an open road in our small and heavily congested state, but such roads do exist. The Navigator and I spend many happy hours exploring these byways, aided by a very detailed road atlas.

The desired result is a tour that will encounter little traffic and enjoy some fine scenery. I think the White Horse Run managed to achieve both those goals, aided by a gloriously sunny afternoon that set off the spring green of the landscape to perfection.

After just over two hours of driving we reached our destination. Tables were waiting for us on the deck overlooking the East Aspetuck River, a lively watercourse which flows from Lake Waramaug to a meeting with the Housatonic in New Milford.

The White Horse is a British-style pub where the menu offers something to appeal to all
tastes and the bar serves Speckled Hen on tap along with an assortment of other brews and wines. A good time was had by all as we relaxed and, as usually happens when British car people gather, enjoyed each other’s company.

And a big thanks to Mother Nature for the use of some sunshine at last!

(BTW, did you know that the  White Horse Country Pub is known for it’s collection of memorabilia, especially English!  Well, the photo above of the stone bridge across the East Aspetuck River features a Royal Crown over two ‘foundry cast’ Horses from London in the centre.  I bet you didn’t know that these very castings were presented by Queen Victoria to the ‘Master of the Royal Carriages’ upon his retirement in 1885! …….and now you know ‘the rest of the story’……..DHS)

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