|The week preceding the visit had been very wet with several days of continuous rain. Sunday started looking rather wet but gradually improved so that by the time members started to arrive the sun was shining. So, thirty-five members sat down to a two-course lunch in our own section of the restaurant. The food was good and most agreed the service excellent.
The Horse & Jockey sign outside the public house commemorates the remarkable achievement of a local horse and his riders. The Lamb was raised and trained on the nearby estate of Lord Poulett, and was ridden to a memorable victory in the 1868 Grand National by Hampshire all-round sportsman Mr George Ede. On the night of 14 December 1870 Lord Poulett dreamed he saw his elegant grey horse winning the next year's National, a dream that came literally true when the Lamb rode into history as one of the few mounts to win the event on more than one occasion.
Ray Thatcher - Section Committee Member