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Oz & James Drink To Britain

Oz & James Drink To Britain

BBC Two 2009

Oz Clarke and James May travel through Britain and Ireland to discover the amazing array of drinks that is on offer.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Oz & James Drink To Britain

#1 - Wigan


Season 1 - Episode 2

Oz and James travel on to Wigan, home to probably the smallest commercial brewery in the world, run by Patsy Slevin out of her mother-in-law's garage. Stripped down to his red silk boxer shorts, Oz gets down to the dirty business of beer making, while James concentrates on what he does best - beer drinking. At the opposite extreme, the thirsty pair also visit the famous home of Newcastle Brown Ale. Surrounded by so much beer, James is inspired to create his own, and challenges Oz to a home brewing competition. Sacrifices are made so James can install his high-tech microbrewery in their tiny caravan, and for the rest of the trip he must sleep on the floor. A disastrous night out in Newcastle's Bigg Market, where Oz and James realise they are too old to party with the youngsters, is quickly forgotten the next day when they head for an idyllic and remote pub on the beautiful Northumberland coast.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

#2 - Yorkshire and Derbyshire


Season 1 - Episode 1

Their first pint of the trip is in the Tan Hill Inn in Yorkshire, where James discovers, to his dismay, that Oz knows as much about British beer as he does about wine. Their journey then takes them to the centuries-old Fawcett Maltings in Castleford, and Thornbridge Brewery, a successful micro-brewery in Derbyshire, where they discover exactly what goes into a pint of beer. Oz is unable to keep away from wine and tracks down the most northerly commercial vineyard in the country, where he discovers, to his surprise, that wine has been made in Yorkshire since Roman times. For the final part of the first leg of their trip, Oz and James leave the car behind and take to the rails, enjoying the beers in a string of real ale pubs located on station platforms. Their tasting notes become as unreliable as the train timetable as the evening proceeds, but despite a spell of beer-fuelled bickering, the evening ends peacefully.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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