Here at The Stags Head we know that Spring has arrived as the Wye Valley asparagus is here; it is absolutely delicious served chargrilled with aged parmesan and a crispy duck egg (yes, really, a crispy egg!). We also get the spring feeling when thinking about and planning for the upcoming bank holidays in May. For the first one, at the beginning of May, we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo (5 May in Spanish), on Saturday 5 May in the middle of the bank holiday weekend. The date is observed in Mexico to commemorate the Mexican Army’s defeat of the superior French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on 5 May, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. However, in the USA, Mexican Americans  take the opportunity to fully celebrate the culture of Mexico on this day, with street fiestas and lots of Mexican food, drink and music. To us, Mexico is synonymous with hot, sunny weather, fiestas with vibrant colours and music, plus Margaritas and Tequila!

Tequila is becoming the fashionable spirit of choice this summer.  It is a type of Mezcal and is made by distilling the fermented juices of the Weber blue agave plant, (a member of the lily family which looks like a giant aloe vera plant with spiked barbs on the tips) with water. There are several different types of Tequila, ranging from Blanco or Silver Tequila which is clear; Gold Tequila which gets its colour from the addition of caramel; Reposado (‘rested’), which is rested in wooden casks for two to nine months; Anejo (‘aged’) which is very smooth, having been aged  in bourbon barrels for a minimum of one year; to Extra-Anejo, which is matured in bourbon barrels for over four years and is considered to be of similar quality to malt whisky. On Saturday 5 May come on over to The Stags Head in Yarlington to help us celebrate. Sip on a Margarita, try our special Tequila tasting and enjoy some Ceviche in our welcoming, vibrant, atmosphere – regardless of the weather!  Of course, if the sun chances to shine then it will make the celebration even more authentic!

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