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Seafoods, Bath, Chippy Challenge #86   2 comments

Seafood's Bath cod

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

Fish: cod
Sides: none
Evaluation: Seafoods seems happy to rest on a reputation it no longer deserves.  If this is one of the five best F&C houses in the South or Southwest then the industry is due failure long before the stocks of North Sea cod are depleted.  The fish was metallic as if it had gone off and the batter both flavourless and cloyingly oily: a film lingered on the inside of my cheeks and on the roof of my mouth even after brushing my teeth.  Yuck.
Days since last: 0 (Fish and Chips Takeaway, Bath)
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Seafood's Bath

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Fish and Chips Takeaway, Bath, Somerset, Chippy Challenge #85   1 comment

Fish and Chips Takeaway Bath cod

 

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

Fish: cod
Sides: none, save for sweat and rainwater
Evaluation: Surprisingly delicious.  The shop is spare and hidden down a side street not yet accessed by Google Street View and not turning up on search engines for ‘fish and chips’ despite the fairly unambiguous name.  I mean, I wonder what they sell in there.
Days since last: 2 (PCR Cafe, Physiology Department, University of Oxford)
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Fish and Chips Takeaway Bath

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The Raven, Bath, Somerset   1 comment

Raven Bath sign

 

I had never seen the Raven although I have passed it dozens of times on visits to town.  From the outside, it looks like a very posh shop perhaps dealing in corsets or lavender scented bath items, but inside it is a regular boozer with wood floors and a grand landlord with a spectacular West-country accent.

Raven Bath Raven Gold

 

I was in town to ‘do’ a G-Had trail over and in addition to the North Wilts Hash House Harriers scheduled trail purportedly starting as soon as their train arrived.  It was to finish at the Raven so I made concentric and criss-crossing paths seeking the prelay before time and the live trail after the appointed start, yet to no avail.  Giving one last try from the far side of the river at opening time (12:30) I gave up when the Raven once more appeared before me.

Raven Bath Raven Gold pump

I sat near a British family in for a lunch of pies (the house speciality).  It was a mum and dad roughly my age and a son roughly 25-30 years old.  The fourth member of the party was the son’s girlfriend who was the only one that seemed comfortable in her own skin.  I could have sat and watched the unease with which the stilted conversation progressed for hours, but I wanted some lunch myself before the train back home and pies were not going to do it for me.

Raven Bath

 

The King of Wessex, Bath, Somerset   1 comment

King of Wessex Bath

Although not a big fan of the modern, shopping mall-style Wetherspoons pubs, I was in Bath early on a Sunday and they were the only place open before noon.  They are cheap, have a great selection (including today’s Daily Tipple) and there’s free wifi.  Any port in a storm (in this case the storm was the remnants of Hurricane Bertha, by the way).

Posted 2014/08/10 by Drunken Bunny in hashing, pubs

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DT #222, 10 August 2014 (Corncrake Ale)   1 comment

Corncrake Ale King of Wessex Bath

 

An hour to London.
Pleasant, but what about the
Depressing ride back?

Name: Corncrake Ale
Type: bitter
Venue: King of Wessex, Bath, Somerset

Review/notes: I went to Bath Spa today for a G-Had HHH trail versus the North Wilts Hash. However, today’s Haiku relates to another short trip.

Last night, an acquaintance from the depths of time made overtures that Jax and I might meet up with her and her’s during their upcoming trip to London. On the train to Bath, I became convinced that I made the right decision to beg off this invitation: except for a few shared experiences three decades ago we really have nothing in common (even though, since raising my head above the parapet, I have found her little blog entertaining enough as well as comforting that sometimes very little in this world changes).

The bad thing about reunions, though, are the expectations that inevitably are dashed during the meet-up (which almost always is finished long before it ends). It may seem selfish that I am sparing myself an uncomfortable hour-long train ride; bear in mind, I am sparing her the same misery on a twelve-hour journey back to L.A.

You’re welcome.

Corncrake Ale King of Wessex Bath pump

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

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Pig and Fiddle, Bath, Somerset   1 comment

pig and fiddle bath

Great selection of ales, here, but Jackie wanted wine and it just makes more sense to buy a bottle to split.  We just came in to escape the rain and grab a bite to eat, anyway.  Settling in was easy enough with fairly tolerable music piped into the room.

Looking around, you soon realize that the place is a kids’ bar.  No problem with that but the effort to be cool is too obvious.  And, they could stand to clean their glassware from time-to-time.

In the event the management or a fan of the bar reads this and takes offence, relax…the wine and food triggered a migraine in me and made the wife sick to her stomach.  Let’s call it ‘even.’

pig and fiddle bath lounge

Posted 2014/05/09 by Drunken Bunny in pubs

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DT #128, 8 May 2014 (Footsteps Shiraz)   2 comments

footsteps shiraz pig and fiddle bath

Rainy day in Bath
In a hipster doofus bar
With dirty glasses.

Name: Footsteps Shiraz
Type: red wine
Venue: Pig and Fiddle, Bath

Review/notes: Good flavours in this wine…cigar, blackberries, soil.  I can’t be sure if the immediate headache was from an excess of enol or from some pathogen left on the filthy glassware.

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

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