Black Python Real Ale Bar

=Pub name

For the beers we have served in the bar see the beer list.

Having run a bar for a few private functions using the Tea Van as the cellar we decided to use the redundant NNX coach as a proper bar.

During the summer of 2004 the outside was made more presentable, partly with a view for use as a bar and partly to ensure that the site looks tidier.

The NNX when we started NNX partly painted NNX Bogie gets some attention NNX Widows being painted

Work started on the clearing the bar area of the items that had been stored there in November 2006, with construction work on the bar starting at Christmas 2006.

Bar construction

Many people at Didcot helped with the plumbing, electrics, woodwork, painting, shunting, lifting and many other jobs that were involved, our thanks go to you all.

By the time the bar opened to the public on the 5th May 2007 the main bar was completed, as can be seen in the photo.

Bar staff in the Black Python

photo by Frank Dumbleton

The name "Black Python" derives from the fact that the 38 Mob have used the Python as a mess vehicle for over 30 years, which until 2005 was painted black. The sign has been painted by Drew from the Pendinnis Castle group.

Over the weekend, which was 40 years of the GWS at Didcot and 75 years of the shed, we had to make 2 trips to the White Horse Brewery to get extra beer. Thanks go to the White Horse brewery for helping out at short notice. In total we had 9 different beers on over the weekend, sold 117 gallons of beers, 22 of lager, local cider, wines and soft drinks. All profits from the bar are going straight back in to the Heavy Freight group fund.

The beers

photo by Thin Brian

At the end of the weekend we did have a lot of barrels to take back!

They're all firkin empty barrels!

photo by Frank Dumbleton



All photographs ©Mark Baldry unless stated