England Journals

Eating and Drinking Country Stylee

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A travel journal to England by mattygroves

Quote: Country pubs and restaurants for those who enjoy the great British Countryside.

The Chequers Inn

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Restaurant | "The Chequers - the Ideal Country Pub?"

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Looking for a pub that serves fusion food at ridiculous prices, London Pride and a wine list as long as your arms? This isn't the pub for you. If, however, you are looking for a pub that serves VERY local beer (as in the beer is brewed upstairs...in the pub), dangerous home-made ginger-ale, pizza on a Friday and darts on a Thursday, has excellent staff and management and friendly locals (and friendly animals - hi Oscar the lab, Thomas the half-Bengal cat and Sam the British Shorthair) this really is the place for you.The Chequers is a small-ish truly local, yet welcoming pub. The beer is brewed in house (with one guest ale) and beautifully kept. This is an old fashioned pub. The decor is l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2012

The Chequers Inn
Toad Lane
Elston, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 5NS
01636 525257

Hobgoblin (The)

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Restaurant | "Hobbing with the Goblin"

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It can be difficult, can't it, to find a nice real ale pub in an unfamiliar city? I don't know Reading at all, but found myself there (for a Jethro Tull concert), and so did a bit of research for a drinking establishment not too far from the Hexagon that did good ale.I am very glad I found the Hobgoblin. My first clue that this was going to be right up my street was the discreet 'no mobile phone' sign (showing, amusingly a picture of a 90s brick of a phone). I find people chattering away on a phone in a pub very irritating, so the idea that a pub is for chatting with the people actually IN the pub was very appealing.Walking in, the bar is in front of you, serving a variety of a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2010

Hobgoblin (The)
2 Broad Street
Reading RG1 2BH
+44 118 950 8119

Jolly Farmers

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Restaurant | "The Blithe Horticulturist"

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When looking for a country pub, I usually seek at the small, local, traditional variety. The Jolly Farmer’s in Betchworth, Surrey (nearish Dorking) is not of that ilk, but it is, nevertheless, a good find.From the road, this looks to be a large, modern pub, almost ala Weatherspoons. There are lots of signs outside advertising it as a 'food emporium’, there is a big(ish) car park - two things that worry me slightly when looking for a country pub. However, that first impression is mistaken.Going in through the front door, you can see a shop immediately in front of you, selling jams, jellies, chutneys, vegetables and other 'artisan’ foods (including a scrumptious looking cheese co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2010

Jolly Farmers
Reigate Road - Buckland
Betchworth RH3 7BG
+44 8721 077 077

Duck Inn

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Hotel | "Duck or Grouse"

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A B&B in a pub seems the best of both worlds, particularly when the pub in question is a drive away from anywhere. Ideally, you have good food, good beer, good company and a nice room. The Duck Inn provides most of this.The Duck Inn is a true country pub near Canterbury, in the wonderfully named 'Petts Bottom'. It is surrounded by fields, and indeed, the back garden contains chickens and a thriving vegetable patch (though the hose wants to be careful - the Malamute dog attacks it mercilessly).The interior is well appointed. The rear has a restaurant feel, whilst the front feels more like a traditional country pub. The bar isn't huge, but, notably, behind the bar sits gravit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2010

Duck Inn
Pett Bottom
Canterbury, England
+44 (0)1227 830354

Wheatsheaf Inn

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Restaurant | "Making a Pig of Yourself"

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Speaking terribly generally, real ale pubs seem to fall into one of a few categories. Some are resolutely boozers - bare floors, threadbare upholstery, a bunch of bar stools, and a choice of ales (the Fox in Twickenham sort of falls into that category). If they do food, it’ll be of the rolls, crisps, and if you’re lucky, ham, egg and chips. Then there are the olde worlde pubs, with thatched roofs, horsebrasses on the wall, and reasonably comfortable seating. Plus, there are the 'trendy’ pubs - all polished wood floors, gastro-pub food (probably involving pies), a varied wine list, and, of course, ale (many of which will have cod-amusing names).Then, there’s the Wheatsheaf. I can honestly s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2010

Wheatsheaf Inn
Braishfield Road
Romsey, Hampshire, United Kingdom SO51 0QE

Manoir aux Quat' Saisons (Le)

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Restaurant | "How the Other Half Dine"

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Yes, I know......that Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons is a hotel. However, the restaurant is promoted for non-residents, and is rightly renowned for its food and ambience. You do not need to be a guest in the hotel to dine there (which is just as well. Otherwise, you may as well sell all your belongings now).We booked a package which included a tour of the gardens, a glass of Kir, a three course meal, coffee and petit fours. We set off at around 8.45 in the morning (as my in-laws like to take scenic routes - they avoid motorways when they can), and arrived in Great Milton (with a side trip through Bray just to have a look) at around 10.30. We were early, so we decided to have tea. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2010

Manoir aux Quat' Saisons (Le)
Church Road
Great Milton, England OX44 7PD
+44 1844 278881