Bring Your Appetite.

First, Order a Pint!

First, Order a Pint!

And Relax in Charm and Character.

On every trip to the UK, we dine in local country pubs whenever we get the chance. They offer seasonal menus with delicious, hearty food and, in the winter, there’s usually a warm fire near our table and a hot pot of tea.

Take a tip for us and order any item beginning with the letter “P”. Sounds silly, but “P” words feature prominently on the menu boards, especially in the winter.

First order a Pint of Pale ale or cider. For a starter, order Prawn (shrimp) cocktail or Pate. Then, order your entrée. A Pie, either topped in with mashed Potatoes or chips (fries) served alongside. Peas: mushy or garden.  Finish with a Pudding.

Here’s a sample of our regular dining experience:

Beef and Ale Pie.

Beef and Ale Pie.

Beef and Ale Pie served with mash (Potatoes) and garden Peas. Sticky toffee steamed Pudding for dessert.


Lamb Shank Pie.

Lamb Shank Pie.

Lamb Shank Pie topped with crushed Potatoes or Pastry crust served with mushy Peas. Profiteroles for dessert.

For Sunday Roast, you’ll get plenty of Peas, roast Potatoes, and yorkshire Pudding.

If you want fish and chips, go for it.


Fish and Chips.

Fish and Chips.

After a long day of antique shopping, usually skipping lunch, we look forward to a relaxing meal, tucked into a warm comfortable booth. We thaw out, warm up, and recall our fab buys and share what we’ve learned during the day.

On this trip, we had homemade, filling food from an array of charming, country pubs. Here’s a list of our 2013 Winter Trip favorites:

The Swan Holme in Lincoln. It never disappoints and we visit here whenever we’re in the area.

The Bull in Broughton. New to us, but it’s been around for 400 years. Inventive fresh food. Yum!

The Black Bull in Old Langho. Built in 1554 (not a typo!). It’s haunted and allows dogs. We couldn’t ask for more.

The Hare & Hounds in Fulbeck. Built in the 17th century. The new hangout of one of our friends, we were introduced to their great food.

The Romper in Altrincham. Snuggled up next to the Manchester Airport, we enjoy dinner here before our flights back to the states.

Black Bull Pub.

Black Bull Pub.


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