The Flowing Spring, Playhatch, Near Reading, Oxfordshire
Eating Here
Our Drinks
Events
Wildlife & Walks
Pub History
Photo Gallery
Where We Are
Home
The Flowing Spring Grubcard
The Flowing Spring on Facebook

The Flowing Spring on Instagram






























































































































































































Details of Forthcoming and Past Events

Coming Up...


UNPLUGGED NIGHT
Open Acoustic Jam Nights at The Flowing Spring
Our next Open Acoustic Jam Night, held on the first Tuesday of every month, is on Tuesday 1 August at 7:45pm. Everyone is welcome to come along. There will be no amplification at all, so it's completely down to you and your instruments! 
Click here for the independent facebook page for our Unplugged Night, called Quirky Corner Acoustic Jam.

THE FLOWING SPRING CLASSIC CAR AND BIKE BREAKFAST CLUB
The Flowing Spring Classic Car and Breakfast Club
This is our second year of hosting this fabulous event. It continues on Sunday 13 August 2017 and every second Sunday of the month thereafter until October. It runs from 9:30am to 11:30am with bacon rolls, hot dogs, cheese rolls, soup, tea and coffee available. Please put this date in your diary.

CHILLI WEEK RETURNS
15 - 19 August
Our Chilli Week is back by popular demand with a fiery choice of starters, mains and desserts featuring wonderful fruity, spicy and colourful chillis. And, as ever, we'll be featuring the Ultimate Chilli Pizza Challenge. Eat the whole pizza and join our Chilli Wall of Flame!
The menu will be published shortly.
 
PAST EVENTS (OLDEST FIRST, MOST RECENT AT THE END)

JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
JTQ played on Sunday May 29th 2011 and again on Sunday 3 June 2012 in a large marquee in the garden. Over 100 people attended both gigs which was, in JT's words "The best I've played in ages!".
Thanks to the band and to our soundman, Chris Braclik of Soundtrack Productions. Photos of this and other events are on the Events page of our Photo Gallery

CHARITY FAMILY FUN WEEKEND
On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2011 and May 30 2012 we had stalls and activities run by local charities for all the family, with refreshments, a barbecue and live music. Hundreds of people turned up to enjoy the atmosphere and the brilliant ferret racing. we estimate the charities collectively raised around £1,500 over the weekend.  
Photos of this and other events are on the Events page of our Photo Gallery.

STARescue ANNUAL FERRET SHOW
The Fifth Annual Ferret Show took place at the Flowing Spring over the weekend of September 10 and 11. It featured over 200 ferrets from as far afield as Cardiff and Suffolk with their proud owners competing for awards. There were many other attractions too, including the Ferret Racing Championships, birds of prey (owls and hawks), Captain Chaos the Skunk, a bouncy castle, a barbecue, lots of ferret merchandise stalls, our beer tent and more.
In previous years the show was held at the Trout Inn, Lechlade, Gloucestershire. From 2011 onwards, with the enthusiastic support of the STARescue animal rescue charity based in Sonning, the show and many other ferret-related public events are centred here in the grounds of the Flowing Spring.
Photos of the Ferret Show are on the Events pages of our Photo Gallery
Click here for the STARescue website

MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT 1
 Our first Murder Mystery Night took place on Saturday 22 October. The plot was written specially for us, involving five actors and, of course, our guests! It was a great night of intrigue and fun. Tickets included a two course meal and a bottle of champagne for the winning team who guessed whodunnit! Photos are in our Events section of our Photo Gallery.

ASTRONOMY NIGHT 2 - DECEMBER 7 2011
December's Astronomy Night focused on Jupiter. We saw this planet along with at least four of its moons. We also viewed our own moon in wonderful details plus other galaxies including Andromeda over 2.5 million light years away! Photos of this unique event are in our Gallery.

Stand-Up Comedy Night #2
Our second Sell-out Stand-Up Comedy Night, in association with Big Jack's Laughter Club, took place on Saturday 21 April in our marquee. James Sherwood headlined and we also had Andrew Watts and Joe Wells. Photos of the event are in the 
Photo Gallery.

£100 BIG QUIZ NIGHT
We held a Big Quiz Night on Saturday 2 June in our extra large marquee (set up for JTQ the following night). It was great fun and the winning team took £100 in cash! Who were the winners? The Magnificent Seven won, made up of happy locals - they'd never played our quiz before but their impressive brainpower beat the rest. the team very generously donated the cash to our five charities. Thank you!

Our Second Real Ale Festival
Over the weekend of June 23 & 24 we held our second Real Ale Festival with 14 ales from across the country. We had live music on the Saturday night  plus a barbecue both days.
Over 400 people came to this massive event - one of the true highlights of the year.

Our Third Stand-Up Comedy Night
Our third Professional Stand-Up Comedy Night took place on Saturday 15 September. As ever we had top class comedians entertaining our sell-out audience, with Sally-Anne Hayward, James Anderson, Kelly Kingham and Joe Blair. Our MC was Big Jack. 
 Photos of April's Comedy Night are in the Photo Gallery.

Astronomy Night: Photos from Wednesday 13 March
Our Astronomy Night took place on Wednesday 13 March. The high powered telescopes focused on Jupiter with its clearly visible bands of cloud and four of its moons. The 120 people also saw amazing views of Orion, Sirius, various nebulae and more. We also had a good look at the crescent moon earlier in the evening although the comet Pan Starrs was not visible.
Photos of the evening are now in our Gallery on the Astronomy Nights page.

Stand-Up Comedy Night #4
Our fourth Professional Stand-Up Comedy Night, in association with Big Jack's Laughter Club, took place on Saturday, 6 April 2013. Headlining was Anthony King with Christian Steel opening and Luke Graves in middle spot.
This was another great sell-out gig!

Morris Dancing in the Garden
Thursday 23 May 2013 with Hurst Morris People and Borderline Morris (from Arborfield). Photos can be viewed here.

Murder Mystery Night #2
Saturday 25 May was our second Murder Mystery Night. Actors performed an intriguing plot based around The Best Kept Village Competition where the intense rivalry within the community results in murder! Photos coming soon.
Dog Day Afternoon
On Sunday 16 June 2013 we held our first Dog Day Afternoon - time to celebrate all our wonderful pub dogs. We had over 20 of our four-legged friends playing in the garden. We had games including Hurl The Sausage, Ball Bobbing with tennis balls, a Peep Board (a great opportunity to have your photo taken with your pet poking through the holes of two seaside cartoon characters), Dog Dance-Off (owner and dog dancing to funky tunes) and a coconut shy with dog treats and toys up for grabs. We also gave out Flowing Spring Top Dog medals to every single dog! It was a great afternoon which we will repeat! Photos can be viewed here.


Stand-Up Comedy Night #5
Our fifth Professional Stand-Up Comedy Night, in association with Big Jack's Laughter Club, was on Saturday, 6 July 2013. Our four comedians this time were
Omar Hamdi
Ben Harrington
Peter McAuliffe
Zahra Barri

Photos of this event wil appear in the Gallery soon.

Charity Auction generates fat cheque for Thames Hospice
The Flowing Spring presents a cheque to Thames Hospice following its Charity Auction

On the evening of Saturday 31 August we held our first Charity Auction for Thames Hospice.
We had a great turnout and raised almost £5,000 on the night. Add to that our raffle ticket, book sales, food sales and plant sales, making a grand total of £6,212.15! Thank you to everyone who has supported us. On Friday 13 September Nick and Hazel presented the cheque to Michelle Bowdidge of Thames Hospice.

Stand-Up Comedy Night #6
Saturday 7 September was our sixth professional Stand-Up Comedy Night. The line-up saw the return of Kelly Kingham headlining (he was here a year ago and we just had to ask him back), plus Paul Savage, Adrienne Jones and Phil Alexander. As ever, the night was hosted by MC Big Jack. Photos are in our Gallery

OUR AUTUMN REAL ALE AND CIDER FESTIVAL
We've become known for our Summer Real Ale Festivals. Now, to celebrate our inclusion in the Good Beer Guide 2014, we added an Autumn one with a total of 10 real ales and 3 ciders. The Festival ran from Friday 4 to Sunday 7 October inside our cosy pub with live music from two rock bands on the Saturday night on the heated patio: Run Like Hell played first (Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac) and then The Purple Zeppelins took over.

SEVENTIES REVISITED NIGHTS
Take yourself back, if you can, to those halcyon days of the seventies. Great British glam, prog and punk rock bands, funk and soul at its best, the Silver Jubilee, Bagpuss, the Clangers, Ceefax, decimalisation, the first Space Invaders, British motor manufacturing, insipid beer, the winter of discontent, Scargill and Thatcher... (well, it wasn’t all good!).
For two nights only we re-lived the decade with a menu of seventies inspired food, drink, sweets, cakes, non-stop music and memories.
We decorated the pub with 100 images, furniture and knick-knacks, playing nostalgic tunes including post-dinner groovy funk, soul and disco, getting into 70s fashion and food to make you smile!
It all happened on the evenings of Friday 28 February and Saturday 1 March and included an Advocaat Snowball on arrival and Pick’n’Mix sweets to take home.
PROFESSIONAL STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT #7
Our seventh Comedy Night was on Saturday 29 March. Headlining was Vikki Stone, an excellent, bubbly musical comedian, supported by Sheraz Yousaf, Jo Coffey and Marshal B Anderson. Our MC, as ever, was Big Jack.
THE TRAVELLING TALESMAN
The renowned Travelling Talesman from Devon came to entertain us with mythical, mystical stories on Thursday 1 May 2014 in the marquee, entitled "Away with the Fairies, Tales of the Wee Folk and the Celtic Tuatha De Danann". This man is magical! He is returning on his Dark Arts tour on Saturday 1 November 2014.
COMEDY NIGHT FEATURING KELLY KINGHAM
Kelly Kingham, Stand-Up Comedy Night, May 24 2014

We were delighted to have Kelly Kingham returning to the Flowing Spring, headlining as part of his nationwide pre-Edinburgh tour on Saturday 24 May 2014. Kelly is witty, zany, dark, fidgety, hilarious and lovable. He has received the greatest acclaim and applause here and his pre-Edinburgh show here to around 70 people was brilliant. Over an hour of the finest entertainment.

Alongside Kelly were several locals who tried their hand at stand-up for the first time - and very successfully. We might invite local people to have a go at future comedy nights, alongside the stars!

Our Fifth Real Ale and Cider Festival
From Friday 13 to Sunday 15 June we had an exciting range of real ales, real ciders and perries from local breweries, new micro-breweries and some of the bigger names. Our Festival also featured two live bands, Spriggan Mist and Rye Wolf on the Saturday night and our unique Dog Day Afternoon on Father’s Day.
The event was centred around our brand new, top of the range marquee situated on the patio with 8 ales, 4 ciders and 2 perries racked up outside and a further 6 ales pulled from the bar upstairs. 


Dog Day Afternoon

On Sunday 15 June (Father's Day and the Sunday of our Real Ale and Cider Festival) we held our second Dog Day Afternoon - time to celebrate all our wonderful pub dogs. Thisyear we had over 30 of our four-legged friends playing in the garden. Photos of this year's DDA will be published soon in our Gallery.
COMEDY MAGIC AND MINDREADING!
Another new event! We managed to secure one of the top members of the Magic Circle to perform some amazing tricks in the marquee. Steve Charrett, who has earned himself a position in the Inner Magic Circle, performed an hour of close-up magic and then an hour's show on stage of tricks and illusions, hilarious mindreading and climaxing with a customer enduring the gruesome guillotine!
This great new event took place to a full house on Thursday 14 August.
CHARITY BBQ AND LIVE MUSIC!
On Sunday 31 August 2014 in the afternoon we hosted a fundraising afternoon in aid of Building for the Future of Disabled Children, a charity based in Wokingham, attended by almost 100 people basking in the sunshine. There was live music in the garden with the Adrenaline Brothers and a barbecue run by top chef John Sinnerton from Buratta's - plus we gave away 77 free drinks to ticket holders. The event raised nearly £900 after costs for the charity.
STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT #9
Four more brilliant professional stand-ups in the marquee on Saturday 6 September hosted by Big Jack!
Featurign Rob Coleman, followed by Dalia Malek and Ben Thurston, with Nick Page headlining.
SLIGHTLY PLUGGED NIGHT
We held our first Slightly Plugged Night on Saturday 13 September 2014 in the marquee. The event consisted of local musicians (soloists or otherwise) playing mainly acoustic instruments with a bit of amplification.
We had an excellent turnout and 9 fantastic acts. We will probably hold another one early summer 2015.
OUR AUTUMN REAL ALE AND CIDER FESTIVAL + ROGER WINSLET'S JAZZ QUINTET
Coincinding with the news we're in the Good Beer Guide for the third year running, our Autumn festival ran from Thursday 2 (providing the ales are settled) to Sunday 5 October. We had a total of 8 real ales and 2 real ciders. We were also delighted to have the legendary Roger Winslet here on Saturday 4th with his jazz, funk and swing quintet of top class musicians. Around 80 tunred up to enjoy some stunning jazz and beer. A fantastic night.
The beers and cider were:
GALES Seafarers Chiswick 3.6%, amber, hoppy with a hint of malt
ST AUSTELL Trelawny St Austell 3.8% copper bitter, well balanced fruity hops and malt, smooth bitter aftertaste

ITCHEN VALLEY QED New Alresford 4.1% copper, toffee, biscuit, caramel, smooth and light
FULLER'S London Pride Chiswick 4.1% rich, smooth, well-balanced
MALLARD Specduckular Nottingham 4.2% golden, fruity, malty undertones
BATEMAN'S XXXB Wainfleet 4.5% rich, malty, biscuity, fruity, juicy
BY THE HORNS Diamond Geezer Wimbledon 4.9% big flavours, nutty, toasty, malty with a lasting zing!
FULLER'S ESB Chiswick 5.5% malty, toffee, caramel
PLUS
LILLEY'S Merry Monkey Scrumpy Frome 4.5% bittersweet, rich apples
VALENTINE'S NIGHT 2015
We were delighted to welcome back Roger Winslet with his jazz quintet to play in the pub on Valentine's Night, Saturday 14 February, and we put on a delicious two-course set menu. It was a sell-out.
THE STUART HENDERSON JAZZ QUARTET WITH ART THEMEN (SAX)
Our monthly live jazz started in March 2015. The Stuart Henderson Jazz Quartet was joined by a very special guest, Art Themen.
Art is a legendary saxophonist who has been at the heart of jazz and blues since the Fifties. He became involved in the early London blues scene, playing alongside Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger and Chuck Berry. He fronted the Stan Tracey Quartet for 20 years from 1976. Art has toured world-wide and played and recorded with many US and British luminaries.
Art joined our resident band fronted by trumpet player Stuart Henderson, with Graeme Taylor on piano, Andy Crowdy on double bass and Simon Price on drums. It was a night of fantastic music and a wonderful atmosphere of nearly 80 people. Photos coming soon to the Gallery.
STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT #10!
Four more brilliant professional stand-ups entertained us in the marquee on Saturday 18 April hosted by Big Jack!  
We had a fantsatic line-up with Debra-Jane Appelby headlining. She was hilarious!
Also on the line-up were Jon Wagstaffe, Phil Alexander and  Lucas Jolson.
THE STUART HENDERSON JAZZ QUARTET WITH NICK MILLS (TROMBONE)
The Stuart Henderson Jazz Quartet was joined by Nick Mills on trombone, renowned for his love of Blue Note.
Nick joined our resident band fronted by trumpet player Stuart Henderson, with Pete Billington on piano, Andy Crowdy on double bass and Simon Price on drums.
THE STUART HENDERSON JAZZ QUARTET WITH VASILIS XENOPOULOS (TENOR SAX)
In May The Stuart Henderson Jazz Quartet was joined by tenor saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos.
SLIGHTLY PLUGGED NIGHT
We held our second Slightly Plugged Night on Saturday 30 May 2015 to a bumper crowd. This was a rare occasion when musicians can come along and play on stage in the marquee with the help of amplification, unlike our monthly Unplugged Nights!
The line-up was Gareth Evans,
Tony (Capo Thieves), Joe Garton,  Connor Blevins, Skyport, Peter Haynes, Graham Swanell, Loreley,  Baron Manfred von Landlord and his Flying Circus and finally Neil and Pete (Blues Cruise). What a fantastic, eclectic night of music!

THE SUMMER 2015 REAL ALE AND CIDER FESTIVAL incorporating our first all day Jazz Festival

Our sixth real ale and cider festival took place from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 June. We had 10 ales (6 at a time) and 5 ciders and perries, listed below, all selected as the best from our previous festivals. 
REAL ALES
Gales Seafarers 3.6%
Adnams Fat Sprat 3.8%
St Austell Trelawny 3.8%
Skinners Betty Stogs 4.0%
Pheasantry Ringneck 4.1%
Fuller's London Pride 4.1%
Purity UBU 4.5%
Exmoor Gold 4.5%
Loddon Forbury Lion 5.5%
Fuller's ESB 5.5%
CIDERS AND PERRIES
Hogan's Hazy Daisy 3.9%
Lilley's Merry Monkey 4.5%
Gwynt Y Ddraig Two Trees Perry 4.5%
Lilley's Apples and Pears 5.2%
Aspall Original Cyder 5.5%

ALL DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2015
Our first ever one-day jazz festival featured at 9 live bands of the highest standard performing on stage in the marquee and in the bar from 1pm.
The line-up of acts, the times they played and all the other info about the day was on our A4 flyer which can be viewed here. The day climaxed with The Flowing Spring Funky All Stars from 9:30 till 11pm, made up of many of the musicians who had performed throughout the day with special guests joining in!
Photos are now in the Gallery.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
FATHER'S DAY, SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2015

We held our third Dog Day Afternoon on Father's Day, 21 June, another excuse to bring all our customers' dogs together in the garden for an afternoon of games, snacks and fun! This year, with the help of Battersea Dog's Home in Old Windsor, we set up a range of activity equipment in the garden for the dogs to enjoy. We will announce the total raised for Battersea soon.
STUART HENDERSON'S JAZZ NIGHT WITH REBECCA POOLE
On Tuesday 21 July we were delighted to welcome Stuart back, this time with Paul Jeffries on double bass, Hugh Turner on guitar and special guest singer Rebecca Poole.
We held this gig in the marquee with lots of candles for extra atmosphere and the whole night was very special. Rebecca and the band were met with rapturous applause throughout. We will get Rebecca back by popular demand!

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: MINDREADING AND LIVE MUSIC WITH IAN BROOKS

On 29 July we held a special show in the marquee to raise money for a local cause. We had live music from a great local singer-guitarist, Nicole Allan, followed by the main event, Ian Brooks, who read minds and also performed some close-up tricks.To round off the night, we had Baron Manfred Von Landlord and His Flying Circus. This is a band of local musicians who have been working on a mixture of covers to specially perform tonight.
All ticket money, food takings and donations went straight into the funds to help Reading mum Laura Clelland get much needed stem cell treatment in America for her rare, painful and life-threatening illness, Melkerson Rosanthrall Syndrome.We were delighted to have raised £260 in just 4 hours! Thank you to everyone who donated

THE STUART HENDERSON JAZZ QUARTET WITH SPECIAL GUEST SIMON SPILLETT (TENOR SAX)
TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, 8pm

The Stuart Henderson Jazz Quartet was joined in September by a musician of the very highest standard and reputation, Simon Spillett.
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable," Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine's Critic's Choice CD of the Year (2009) and Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007). Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. He has also worked as a writer, penning the definitive biography of UK jazz legend Tubby Hayes (The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant, Equinox), articles for magazines including Jazz Journal and Record Collector and acting as a consultant for a number of jazz record labels, in which capacity he has written booklet essays for over seventy albums.

The quartet was trumpet player Stuart Henderson with Pete Billington on piano, Raph Mizraki on double bass and Simon Price on drums. The band will be performing on stage in our heated marquee from 8:30pm.

STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT
SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER, 8:30pm
Stand-Up Comedy at The Flowing Spring
Our 11th Stand-Up Comedy Night was on Saturday 19 September. Debra-Jane Appleby returned for a whole hour show after her hilarious stand-up act earlier in the year. Two other stand-ups completed the line-up: Jake Lambert and Don Biswas.

AUTUMN REAL ALE & CIDER FESTIVAL
Our Autumn Real Ale Festival took place from Friday 9 October to Sunday 11 October 2015. We welcomed the return of Baron Manfred Von Landlord and His Flying Circus, an 8-piece band with three great female singers, playing to a full house.  The ales and ciders were:
ALES
Gales Seafarers 3.6% (Chiswick)
Purity Pure Gold 3.8% (Great Alne, Warwickshire)
Dark Star Espresso Stout 4.2% (West Sussex)
Fuller's London Pride 4.1% (Chiswick)
Purity UBU 4.5%
(Great Alne, Warwickshire)
St Austell Bucket of Blood 4.5% (St Austell)
Fuller's ESB 5.5% (Chiswick)
Theakston Old Peculier 5.6% (Masham, Yorkshire)
CIDER & PERRY
Henry Weston's Country Perry 4.5% (Ledbury, Herefordshire)
Gwynt Y Ddraig Happy Daze 4.5% (Pontypridd)
Aspall Cyder 5.5% (Suffolk)

THE STUART HENDERSON JAZZ QUARTET WITH SPECIAL GUEST BEN HOLDER ON VIOLIN
TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER

The Stuart Henderson Jazz Quartet was joined in November by another musician of the very highest standard and reputation, jazz violinist Ben Holder.
The line-up was Ben Holder, trumpet player Stuart Henderson, Paul Jefferies on double bass, Jez Cook on guitar and Simon Price on drums.
HAZEL'S BIRTHDAY BASH: LIVE MUSIC AND PIZZAS!
Baron Manfred von Landlord and His Flying Circus
The great 8-piece band, Baron Manfred von Landlord and His Flying Circus, returned on Saturday 19 December for Hazel's Birthday Bash playing their unusual blend of great songs, from blues to country to pop and rock. It was a brilliant night. The band played a barnstormer to rapturous applause and many pizzas were consumed!
STUART HENDERSON'S VALENTINE'S JAZZ SPECIAL WITH FLEUR STEVENSON
On Tuesday 16 February Stuart Henderson's band was joined by cool singer Fleur Stevenson for chilled-out candlelit jazz in the cosy bar. The line-up was Fleur on vocals, Stuart Henderson (trumpet), Hugh Turner (guitar) and Raph Mizraki (double bass). 

NICK'S "I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M 40!" BIRTHDAY BASH WITH BARON MANFRED VON LANDLORD AND HIS FLYING CIRCUS
Baron Manfred von Landlord and His Flying Circus
Friday 18 March was Nick the landlord's birthday so he celebrated with this fine band of musicians (featuring the Baron himself on keyboards). This 8-piece (drums, bass, two guitars, keyboards and lots of vocals) plays covers from rock to pop and country - but not the usual predictable stuff. It's an unusual blend of classic songs rarely heard live! It was great fun.

STAND-UP COMEDY NIGHT
More professional stand-ups graced the Flowing Spring stage on Saturday 9 April. We had an impressive line-up of Robin Morgan, Claire Nelson, Dimitri Bakanov and, headlining, Chris Stokes.

STUART HENDERSON'S JAZZ NIGHT WITH SAX AND CLARINET SUPREMO ALAN BARNES
Alan Barnes at The Flowing Spring
Stuart Henderson's Jazz Quartet was joined by sax supremo Alan Barnes on Tuesday 19 April 2016. Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. 
Alan has received over 25 British Jazz Awards and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.
Alongside Alan were Stuart Henderson (trumpet and flugelhorn), Esther Ng (double bass), Graeme Taylor (piano) and Simon Price (drums).
STUART HENDERSON'S JAZZ NIGHT WITH SPECIAL GUEST REBECCA POOLE
Our monthly jazz continued with the welcome return of Rebecca Poole on Tuesday 17 May 2016. The line-up was Rebecca (vocals), Stuart Henderson (trumpet and flugelhorn), Hugh Turner (guitar) and Paul Jeffries (double bass), taking place on stage in the marquee. A great night, yet again!

THE ANNUAL SUMMER REAL ALE AND CIDER FESTIVAL, FRIDAY 10 TO SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2016
More great ales and ciders from around the country, with All Day Jazz on the Saturday and our monthly Classic Car and Bike Breakfast Club on the Sunday morning (see events below).
The list of ales and ciders are confirmed as:
ALES
BLACK SHEEP My Generation 3.4%, Masham, Yorkshire (straw, hoppy, crisp)
GALES Seafarer's 3.6%, Chiswick (amber, bitter)
FULLER's London Pride 4.1% Chiswick (tawny, rich)
BLACK HOLE Cosmic 4.2% Burton-On-Trent (amber, hoppy, nutty)
EXMOOR Fox 4.2% Taunton (malty, bittersweet)
ANDWELL King John 4.2% Hook (amber, rich, fruity)
PURITY UBU 4.5% Great Alne, Warks (tawny, perfect!)
HOPBACK Summer Lightning 5.0% Salisbury (big, fresh, summer gold)
ST AUSTELL HSD 5.0% St Austell, Cornwall (dark ruby, toffee, malty)
FULLER'S ESB 5.5% Chiswick (dark, caramel, biscuity)
CIDERS
CORNWALL CIDER CO Rhubarb and Custard 4.0% Truro
WESTON'S Stowford Press 4.5% Ledbury, Herefordshire
CORNISH ORCHARDS Farmhouse 4.8% Duloe
SPINNEY ABBEY Monk and Disorderly 5.6% Ely
Please note, not all of these will be available at the same time. Some will appear as others finish. Some ales and ciders will be ready to serve by Thursday 9 June evening.

OUR SECOND ALL-DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2016
We held an All-Day Jazz Festival for the second year running with bands in both the bar and the marquee starting a 2pm. We once again hosted a wide range of jazz from big band to swing, gypsy, contemporary, trad and funk. The line-up of 9 bands is below. Food is served all day.

2pm in the marquee: The Clive Burton Quintet - Clive (trombone), Kelvin Christiane (sax), Nigel Fox (piano), Ken Rankine (bass), Martin Hart (drums)
3pm in the bar: Fleur Stevenson and Hugh Turner
4pm in the marquee: The Remix Jazz Orchestra - the return of this 17-piece big band!
5pm in the bar: Jasper and Ted
6pm in the marquee: The Rob Terry Trio exclusively playing Gershwin - with Rob Terry (piano), Paul Jefferies (double bass), Charlie Stratford (drums)
7pm in the bar: Pete Billington Trio with Pete (piano), Andy Crowdy (double bass), Simon Price (drums)
8pm in the marquee: Evidence Bass with Jamie Howell (guitar), Tony Imbierski (keys), Fabio Iacono (drums)
9pm in the bar: Jez Cook's Django Unleashed
10pm in the marquee: Stuart Henderson's UP WIND funk album launch with Stuart Henderson (trumpet), Tolly Vyacheslavov (sax), Nick Mills (trombone), Jez Cook (guitar), Pete Billington (keys), Jerry Soffe (bass), Steve Wyndham (drums), Chris Beggs (percussion)
DOG DAY AFTERNOON IN AID OF BATTERSEA DOGS AND CATS HOME, SUNDAY 19 JUNE
Our fourth annual Dog Day Afternoon took place again on Father's Day in the garden; a celebration of all our customers' wonderful dogs. This year we had nearly 40 canines happily playing together on the lawn with an assortment of games, treats and various activities loaned to us by our good friends at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in Old Windsor. We collected over £200 for Battersea.
MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT, SATURDAY 30 JULY
A ghost from the 19th century lurks at The Flowing Spring. A ghost with a secret that could change people's lives. A séance takes place in an attempt to unravel the mystery. But conflicting motives can only lead to one thing. Murder!
We hosted our third Murder Mystery on Saturday 30 July. The plot was once again written specially for us, involving five actors and, of course, you, our detective guests! It was a great night of intrigue and fun. Tickets included a scrumptious three course meal and a bottle of champagne went to the winning team who accurately guessing whodunnit and why! Photos of Murder Mystery Nights here are in our Events section of our Photo Gallery.

MAGIC CIRCLE NIGHT, THURSDAY 18 AUGUST
We welcomed French Magician and Magic Circle member Nicolas Clement to The Flowing Spring for an evening of close-up and stage magic, mentalism and pickpocketing! Nicolas, who lives in London, has performed his magic to many celebrities and royalty, has worked with Penn and Teller and tours the world.

STUART HENDERSON'S JAZZ NIGHT
TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
In September 2016 Stuart Henderson's Jazz Night returned with special guest Simon Spillett (tenor sax), Stuart Henderson (trumpet and flugelhorn), Pete Billington (piano), Raph Mizraki (double bass), Simon Price (drums).

THE AUTUMN REAL ALE AND CIDER FESTIVAL 2016
With live music on two nights (Half A Cigar and RyeWolf), it was another great festival.
List of Beers:
Gales Seafarers 3.6% (Chiswick) Amber, bitter
Downton New Forest Ale 3.8% (Salisbury) Bronze best bitter, roasted malts, rich aromatic hops
Blue Monkey Chimp Chim In Nee 3.8% (Nottingham) Pale, hoppy, tropical fruit aromas
Dark Star Partridge 4.0% (West Sussex) Amber, malty, hoppy balance
Fuller's London Pride 4.1% (Chiswick) Tawny, rich flavours
Exmoor Fox 4.2% (Wiveliscombe, Devon) Spicy, malty, bittersweet
Mr Grundy's Sniper 4.6% (Derby) Amber, smooth, hint of toffee
Box Steam Ghost Train 4.8% (Trowbridge) Deep amber, full bodied, blackcurrant aroma
Fuller's ESB 5.5% (Chiswick) Dark, caramel, biscuity
Theakston's Old Peculier 5.6% (Masham, Yorkshire) Full-bodied, silky smooth, cherry and fruit overtones
List of Ciders:
Purbeck Cider Co Cheeky Cherry 4.0% (Wareham, Dorset) Sweet, crisp apples and cherries
Cornish Orchards Farmhouse 4.8% (Duloe) Fruity, mellow
Hogan's Harvest Press 5.3% (Alcester, Warks) Bittersweet, cloudy, peaty
Thistly Cross Original 6.2% (Dunbar) Fruity, clear, golden, medium dry

JAZZ NIGHT WITH SPECIAL GUEST MAX BRITTAIN TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER
October’s Jazz Night featured a very special guest: top guitarist Max Brittain. Max has worked with Humphrey Lyttelton, Ronnie Scott, Georgie Fame, Jamie Callum, Cleo Laine, Marion Montgomery, Val Doonican and many more. The line-up was Max (guitar), Stuart Henderson (trumpet and flugelhorn), Esther Ng (double bass), Simon Price (drums).

STUART HENDERSON'S 100 YEARS OF JAZZ TRUMPET
Stuart Henderon's 100 Years of Trumpet
Our fantastic, resident trumpet player, Stuart Henderson, who puts together our monthly jazz nights, hosted a very special show for us in November. First performed in Burton-On-Trent, Stuart told the story of the trumpet in jazz from Ragtime 100 years ago all the way up to today. He was joined by Simon Price (drums), Raph Mizraki (double bass and tuba) and Pete Billington (piano).

SIX YEARS HERE PARTY, 10 DECEMBER 2016
Saturday 10 December marked exactly six years since we took over this wonderful pub. This year we had Nick the landlord on the piano in the bar playing loads of well-known classic, with Peter Crowther on violin, Paul Hancock on guitar and Claire Mahoney helping out with vocals. Everyone joined in the songs. It was great fun.
SING-ALONG-A-NICK ON VALENTINE'S NIGHT
On Tuesday 14 February, Nick the Landlord opened up his piano once more for an evening of classic songs for everyone to join in. There were 20 songs to howl along to, some from the last gig in December and plenty of new additions, all printed out. Joining Nick were guitarist Steve Lester, singer Claire Mahoney and fiddle player Peter Crowther. It was a packed house once more with everyone singing their hearts out.
STUART HENDERSON'S JAZZ NIGHT: 'CHET MEETS CLIFFORD'
On Tuesday 21 February two of the twentieth century's most iconic trumpet players, Chet Baker and Clifford Brown were celebrated with Stuart Henderson (trumpet and flugelhorn), Graeme Taylor (piano), Raph Mizraki (double bass) and Simon Price (drums).

DENNY ILETT AND BAND IN THE MARQUEE: AN EVENING OF SWING AND BLUES
On Tuesday 18 April we welcomed the fabulous world-renowned guitarist Denny Ilett to The Flowing Spring, backed by four excellent musicians.
Denny Ilett is director of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, long term collaborator with James Brown's band, highly respected in New Orleans and a world stage performer.
He appeared on stage in our marquee singing and playing guitar alongside Tim Pilling (piano), Stuart Henderson (trumpet), Raph Mizraki (double bass) and Simon Price (drums).

SING-ALONG-A-NICK WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Saturday 10 June, 8pm
Nick wheeled his old pub piano out again for another night of classic singalong songs. He was joined by special guests Steve Lester (guitar) and, all the way from Tenerife, Louise Laing (vocals). We had a bumper, noisy crowd in for this excellent night of dubious singing!

DOG DAY AFTERNOON IN AID OF BATTERSEA DOGS AND CATS HOME, SUNDAY 18 JUNE, 3PM
Our fifth annual Dog Day Afternoon took place on Father's Day in the garden; a celebration of all our customers' wonderful dogs. We raised over £200 for Battersea

NICK AND HAZEL'S PARTY TO CELEBRATE ACQUIRING THE FREEHOLD
We celebrated the purchase of our great pub from Fuller's, making it a free house the first time in its 220 year history. We had superb entertainment and hot food, all happening in the garden. We had members of RyeWolf performing on stage in the garden followed by 3 Buck Shirt - a fantastic five-piece band playing funky blues, boogie and country.  Over 200 people enjoyed the summer's evening soaking up the atmosphere in the garden and on the balcony.

BURGER WEEK
18-22 July 2017
Our annual Burger Week was a smash hit with 12 different scrumptious burgers to choose from priced at just £6.95 for a burger on its own - and a pint of draught ale, lager, stout or cider for just £3 more.


Great Events at the Flowing Spring, Henley Road, Playhatch RG4 9RB

WHAT OTHER EVENTS DO WE HOLD?
Apart from the special events listed in the middle column, we hold...
  • Sunday Fun Quiz Nights: All year round, starting just before 8pm. Six rounds of questions. Our quiz nights are great fun and not taken too seriously! The winning team takes all the money (£1 per head).
  • On the first Tuesday of every month we hold our highly popular Unplugged Nights. Everyone is welcome.
  • Our Classic Car and Bike Breakfast Club features on the second Sunday of every month from April to October at 9:30am with food and drink available. Alcohol is served from 11am.
  • On Wednesdays from the Autumn through to Spring we host crib league matches which involves our own team and those from competing local pubs in the Chilterns Crib League. Congratulations to the Flowing Spring crib team who won the Chilterns Crib League 2011 to 2012!
  • Games Nights: several times a year we hold a Games Night with  traditional games to play (indoors and out). Last Games Night we had: Shuffleboard, Shove Ha'penny, Shut the Box, Mousetrap, Connect 4,  Operation, Guess Who, Balance the Disc, Jenga, Table Skittles, Shocking Buzz Wire and Daruma Otoshi.
  • Astronomy Nights - with high powered telescopes in the garden. These happen during the winter when we have availability of our astronomer friends with all their equipment and a clear night (we never set a date until the last minute)
  • Barbecues: weather permitting we hold barbecues on occasional weekends throughout the summer. Photos of some of events with barbecues are in our Gallery
  • In the Summer we hold family events and concerts in the huge garden. Over the past few years these included Stand-Up Comedy Nights, James Taylor Quartet, Charity  Family Fun Weekends to help charities raise money for their good causes and our own Beer Festival featuring loads of real ales and live music. 
  • On top of this, we host private and corporate parties, both in the dining room and in the extensive garden with free use of our marquee. The marquee has so far been used for birthdays, christenings, weddings, gigs, business meetings and team-building days. The marquee is situated on the patio, with heating and lighting. We have a professional  stage, stage lighting and a PA which can be hired out for a nominal fee.
  • If you would like to discuss holding your event here and viewing our unique and expansive grounds, please do call us. We will also be happy to discuss menus to suit your occasion. Use of our marquee is free of charge.






























































































Terms of joining our mailing list and entering our monthly draw:

If you join our mailing list by completing our paper form in the pub you will be entered in our monthly draw with a chance to win a bottle of wine or four pints of draught beer, lager, stout or cider. Limited to one entry per customer. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. The prize must be taken in person at the Flowing Spring within one month of being informed and there is no cash alternative. By subscribing, whether online or by completing the paper form in the pub, you consent to receiving occasional emails from us. We will not pass on your details to any third party. If you subsequently request us to remove you from our mailing list your entry into the draw will become void from that date. You can unsubscribe by entering your email address in the form at the top of this page and then clicking' Unsubscribe'.

The Flowing Spring, Henley Road, Playhatch, Oxon RG4 9RB     Telephone 0118 969 9878      Email info@theflowingspringpub.co.uk