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The Bell, Standerwick, Somerset   1 comment

Bell Standerwick sign

Slightly more than a mile on from the Full Moon came the Bell, a highway-side inn that appears to cater to upper-middle class pensioners in tweed jackets with ties.  I think “cool-ly polite” best sums up the reception I received.

2014-12-27 Westbury 10 miles

The house could easily seat 200 for dining which made the two I spotted seem stranded.  An old couple dressed for church or a meeting with their solicitor came in as I drank and passed me carefully on their way to their regular table.

Just before I left a third — much younger — couple came in and was greeted with a silent tilt of the head and raised eyebrow, the implied, “yes? Is there something you wanted?” remaining unspoken.  “Is there a table free for lunch?” the woman tentatively asked.  “Yes, just take any not marked ‘RESERVED,’ and we’ll be over shortly.”  I drank up and left without notice from the staff.

Bell Standerwick

The Full Moon, Rudge, Somerset   1 comment

Full Moon Rudge mascot

Just over 3 miles into the day’s run the Full Moon appeared off to the right.  It looked closed but I stopped anyway to check out the free book stall (I’ve seen a lot of phone boxes converted this way, and it is always a welcome sight).  A couple emerged from the door and I decided to give the bar a try.

Full Moon Rudge books

It was a very small bar, indeed, as the Inn seems more dedicated to food.  I suspect the proprietor, Fernando, is a better chef than bartender or cellarman.  The Guinness I had was lifeless and far too cold and not even worth the discount price (and certainly not worth the wait for service).

2014-12-27 Westbury 10 miles

With many planned stops, today, I couldn’t linger anyway.  It is a fine old house, though, and the sunny windows were tempting to sit in for at least a second go at the poorly poured stout.

Full Moon Rudge

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 Pulteney Arms, Bathwick, Somerset   1 comment

Pulteney Arms Bathwick sign

I searched high and low for the North Wilts trail and became convinced that one was not lain, today.  So, to kill off a few miles and the remaining time until noon (when the pubs open) I took off up a steep incline above Bathwick and then back toward the city centre looking for the first one with doors open.  Turned out, this was the Pulteney Arms.

Pulteney Arms Bathwick bar

I had a lovely pint of Otter and an interesting (although probably apocryphal) conversation with one of the staff.  He claims that during the Six Nations Rugby tournament, Guinness ran a promotion wherein the punters were handed tablet-like devices and when they wanted a refill they needed only shake the thing and the staff would start pouring.

On one night, the promotion included a drawing for a tour of the brewery.  A guy got a message on the tablet thing that he won, a couple of Guinness guys came in and congratulated him, took him straight out to a limo, to the airport, and in a private jet to Ireland (returning him about 8 hours later).

 

Pulteney Arms Bathwick

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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