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article imageReview: Cats galore at Chesham's cat themed pub Special

By Tim Sandle     Jul 5, 2015 in Travel
Chesham - The Black Cat is a small, homely pub located in the historic market town of Chesham. On a hot summer's afternoon, Digital Journal popped in to examine the varied features (and sample a pint of ale.)
Chesham is is a charming market town in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire, England. Like many town and villages in England it features several interesting pubs ('public houses'), which serve well-cooked food and offer a range of interesting craft beers and ales.
One such place, located on the outskirts of Chesham in a village called Lye Green is an establishment called the 'Black Cat.' The pub offers a good range of beers and some well cooked, homely food.
The sign for the Black Cat pub in Chesham. These wooden signs are very traditional sign-posts for vi...
The sign for the Black Cat pub in Chesham. These wooden signs are very traditional sign-posts for village pubs.
A side view of the Black Cat pub in Chesham.
A side view of the Black Cat pub in Chesham.
Lye Green is located north east of Chesham.
Lye Green is a hamlet in the parish of Chesham in Buckinghamshire  England.
Lye Green is a hamlet in the parish of Chesham in Buckinghamshire, England.
Entering the Black Cat pub  welcomed by appropriate signage.
Entering the Black Cat pub, welcomed by appropriate signage.
The Black Cat pub is most interesting for its collection of black cat related items, cutting across a range of different art forms.
A black cat clock on a wall displaying Guiness adverts from yesteryear.
A black cat clock on a wall displaying Guiness adverts from yesteryear.
Selection of black cat images in the pub. One is for a old brand of cigarettes called  Black Cat.  T...
Selection of black cat images in the pub. One is for a old brand of cigarettes called 'Black Cat.' These were made by the House of Carreras. Black Cat, the first cigarette in the United Kingdom to contain coupons which were redeemable for gifts.
One such picture is the classic Le Chat Noir poster, commonly displayed in many parts of Paris. Translated to "The Black Cat", this was a nineteenth-century cabaret, located in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris.
Le Chat Noir in iconic Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen poster art.
Le Chat Noir in iconic Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen poster art.
On wall is an amusing cartoon with instructions for cat lovers.
Do you own your cat or does your cat own you? These amusing instructions for cat lovers offer some c...
Do you own your cat or does your cat own you? These amusing instructions for cat lovers offer some clues.
Here are some further black cat images, taken from inside the welcoming pub:
Another clock adorns a wall in the Black Cat pub in Chesham.
Another clock adorns a wall in the Black Cat pub in Chesham.
An old  Edwardian lockable decanter positioned alongside an ornamental black cat.
An old, Edwardian lockable decanter positioned alongside an ornamental black cat.
More Black Cate items. Central is The Black Cat  a 1934 horror film that became Universal Pictures  ...
More Black Cate items. Central is The Black Cat, a 1934 horror film that became Universal Pictures' biggest box office hit of the year.
The pub also has an interesting collection of beer mats. Beer mats of various descriptions are popular in England, and are collected by some people. Beer mats are not only used to protect the table; being made of paper, they also absorb condensation dripping along the glass ans also serve as an ad-hoc notepad.
Man spilling his pint  plus a selection of interesting beer mats. Although there is some debate on p...
Man spilling his pint, plus a selection of interesting beer mats. Although there is some debate on precisely when beer mats were introduced into the U.K. (between 1918 and 1922) the pioneers were Watney, Combe and Reid, a major London based brewery.
A range of different shaped beer bottles aligns one of the wall at the Black Cat pub.
A range of different shaped beer bottles aligns one of the wall at the Black Cat pub.
The pub has many other traditional features, including the bar:
Locals congregate at the bar of the Black Cat pub in Chesham  telling tales and drinking warm beer.
Locals congregate at the bar of the Black Cat pub in Chesham, telling tales and drinking warm beer.
An impressive open fire grate:
Fireplace mantel overhanging the fire grate in the Black Cat pub  surrounded by interesting pub arti...
Fireplace mantel overhanging the fire grate in the Black Cat pub, surrounded by interesting pub artifacts.
And a small garden outside, for when the weather is good.
The welcoming beer garden at the Black Cat pub. The area has a small play area for children. Plus a ...
The welcoming beer garden at the Black Cat pub. The area has a small play area for children. Plus a black cat sign!
And a well stocked selection of beers. These included Young's Bitter, an easy to drink, refreshing cask ale with a fresh, fruity aroma; Timothy Taylor's Landlord, a beer with peppery spice and biscuit maltiness. Very smooth and drinkable; and Beechwood Bitter, which has an amber color with a rich butter-toffee aroma. Fruity and slightly nutty.
A range of  real ales  at the Black Cat pub. These are a world away from the mass produced lagers so...
A range of 'real ales' at the Black Cat pub. These are a world away from the mass produced lagers sold in many establishments.
In case you're wondering, yes the pub also has a real black cat, which was spotted meandering through the outdoor beer garden. The cat's name is Rambo!
A black cat at The Black Cat Pub. The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture...
A black cat at The Black Cat Pub. The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture. The Scots, for example, believe that a strange black cat's arrival to the home signifies prosperity.
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