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To Be Continued…   Leave a comment

The Endless British Pub Crawl is dead! * 

 

Last EBPC upload

*This is the last post on THIS blog site.  I have used up my entire allotment of media space for 1pumplane.wordpress.com so this remains, as long as wordpress will allow it to, as an archive of the first 6 years (almost) of the Endless British Pub Crawl.  I also have an offline version stored (a bit more than a DVD’s worth) for shits and giggles once this archive leaves the ether.  If you are still interested in following my progress toward a) drinking in every pub in the country, b) running coast-to-coast and North-to-South, and c) becoming British (both figuratively and literally), you’ll find the Endless British Pub Crawl Continues at

http://drunkenbunny.wordpress.com

This was never supposed to last this long.  When I started the blog in January 2009, I had been in Britain 5 days and thought it might be a good way to dump some photos and post some updates where a few friends back home could find them and without having to post or email them individually with items that all of them would be getting, anyway.  I thought it might last into the middle of Spring at most.  But, I found the landscape and culture too compelling (and this medium as both a diary and a newsletter too personally entertaining) to quit.  Now, it has metastasized into a sick addiction…and the few regular readers that stick with it are just perverse voyeurs (God-love-ye!).

I don’t think the writing will improve much as this continues but I will, initially at least, strive for quality in lieu of quantity.  And, more frequent knob jokes.  See you there.

* Long live the Endless British Pub Crawl!

DT #325, 21 November 2014 (Hardy’s Bankside Shiraz)   Leave a comment

Hardy's Bankside Shiraz

Unsuccessful week
In most of the ways that count.
Time to get loaded.

Name: Hardy’s Bankside Shiraz
Type: red wine
Venue: house

Review/notes: Decent fillets, some broad bean and parmesan mash with roasted potatoes…perfect start to a drinking evening.  The wine is okay at £4.99 but not worth full price (same as the rosé a couple of days ago).  That’s all…Gotta dash!

[DT =Daily Tipple, explained in DT #000 here]

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Posted 2014/11/21 by Drunken Bunny in Buy Me A Beer

DT #294, 21 October 2014 (Luis Felipe Edwards Rose)   Leave a comment

Luis Felipe Edwards Rose

 

Another burger,
Another early work day,
And we’re out of wine.

Name: Luis Felipe Edwards Rose
Type: rosé wine
Venue: house

Review/notes: Famished after another early start turned late finish, Jax had the wine waiting and I rushed out to heat the BBQ in the gale force winds.  Halfway through the meal I went to the fridge to replenish my glass; “I only got the one bottle,” she called out before I could open the door, “but, there’s iced tea.”  A vile trick to play on a working man, indeed.

[DT =Daily Tipple, explained in DT #000 here]

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Posted 2014/10/22 by Drunken Bunny in Buy Me A Beer

The Lion and Fiddle, Hilperton, Wiltshire   2 comments

Lion and Fiddle Hilperton signs

The Kennet and Avon Hash House Harriers were running tonight with a start at the Lion and Fiddle.  With the wife working till 7 and myself on holiday I figured why not go flour bomb the trail (if it was prelaid and easily found).  Check and check, so I got a suitably nice run in following and enhancing their planned trot.  Thirsty work, indeed, and it was a pleasure to barge into their ostensible start a bit ahead of the pack.

I ordered a Doom Bar and retired to the tables outside this fine, old inn when I spotted someone else coming in dressed as though they might be planning a run.  In due course I finished and, dropping my glass off at the bar heard the barmaid (who was on the landline) as she looked my way and said to whomever it was on the other end, “oh, he’s just popped back in…yes…mm-hmm….” but I really had to dash.

Lion and Fiddle Hilperton

 

Posted 2014/09/25 by Drunken Bunny in Buy Me A Beer

Dolphin Fish Bar, Calne, Wiltshire, Chippy Challenge #83   2 comments

Dolphin Fish Bar Calne cod

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: none
Evaluation: Absolutely delicious and quite a generous portion.  Very hungry after the 15 miler (and 4 pubber…follow links backward from the Dumb Post if you are interested), this was just what the doctor would prescribe.
Days since last: 1 (Three Goats’ Heads, Oxford)

Dolphin Fish Bar Calne
Map link.

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The Wellesley Arms, Sutton Benger   2 comments

Wellesley Arms Sutton Benger sign

The Wellesley is a family run joint and the family seems grand, to me.  They were doing a lively lunch trade when I came in covered in sweat and still stinking of equal parts goat shit and stinky American and I had to wait a couple of minutes to put in my order for a Corvus Stout (a marvelous beverage and far superior to the Irish one you might be more familiar with).

Wellesley Arms Sutton Benger Corvus StoutWellesley Arms Sutton Benger Corvus Stout tap

 

This bar felt very familiar to me, from the chef (the pa of the family) popping his head out of the kitchen to ask the diners how they enjoyed the meal and then describing his innovations that made it possible [hint, mint was available and basil was not], to the semi-obscene peanut packet display discretely kept within sight but not without searching.  The couple seemed very affectionate with one another, the staff (whom I reckon to be family as well), and with the punters all of whom came out of their way to offer their custom.

This was turning out to be an awesome day out at the pubs (see the Bell House and the Rising Sun for the earlier stops, and the Dumb Post for the following one).

 

Wellesley Arms Sutton Benger

 

DT #178, 27 June 2014 (Veltins)   Leave a comment

Veltins China Restaurant Peking Bremen

Bremen, beautiful.
Haarlem, nice. But nothing can
Surpass Amsterdam.

Name: Veltins
Type: pilsner
Venue:  China Restaurant Peking, Bremen, Germany

Review/notes: I had Veltins on the birthday run but this time it made it onto the daily tipple…only alcoholic beverage for the day, in fact, despite being off from early afternoon.

Checked into my hotel and as it was nearer to Haarlem than Amsterdam I spent the twilight hours stoned to the gills on White Widow I picked up at in Haarlem and wandered the town till 11…they had an evening footrace of some sort and there were crowds everywhere.  Caught a train back to Amsterdam and topped off the buzz then wandered the canals and the outskirts of Vondelpark until close to 1.  I probably would have wandered till dawn but when the skies opened I took the next bus, drenched to the bone, back to the hotel.  Homesick.

[DT =Daily Tipple, explained in DT #000 here]

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Posted 2014/06/28 by Drunken Bunny in Buy Me A Beer

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