Cornwall, England. Five.

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Took the ferry to Truro and came upon the King Harry Ferry Bridge, a vehicular chain ferry crossing the estuary of the River Fal.

the old ale house

Arrived in Truro after a short bus ride as it was low tide and the ferry was unable to dock right in the town. Dumped my bags at my hotel and retired to The Old Ale House, which is owned by the Skinners Brewery.

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A couple of the fine cask ales brewed by Skinners.

the thomas daniell

Not far from my accommodation, I discovered The Thomas Daniell, with its unusual cask dispense system and fine food to match the great ales.

 

Cornwall, England. Four.

Falmouth

Falmouth hotel

The Falmouth Hotel is noted for its Victorian architecture. The hotel dates from 1865 and overlooks Falmouth Bay.

 

Falmouth ships and camper vans

Falmouth has a very deep harbour where a large number of cargo ships anchor in the bay.  And Falmouth University has rapidly grown, perhaps by students inspired by comedienne Dawn French as its chancellor!?

the seven stars falmouth

The Seven Stars is a Grade II listed pub, having received its initial licence in 1660.

Cornwall, England. Three

St. Ives

I travelled by train to St. Ives on the west coast and made my way to the Pedn Olva Hotel overlooking the frothing sea below.

St. Ives harbour water

High tide.

St. Ives harbour sandLow tide.

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A friend had been to St. Ives earlier in the year and he had recommended The Pilchard Press, up an alleyway. I dutifully went and loved its small, intimate surroundings filled with locals and a good selection of ever-changing cask ales.

The Castle Inn St.Ives

The Castle Inn is another fine pub in St. Ives. Fine food and ale can be had here.

 

Cornwall, England, Two

Penzance to St. Michael’s Mount

Mount from afar

It was a hot and hazy day when I set off to walk the coastal route from Penzance to St. Michael’s Mount, a distance of five miles.

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I finally reached the cobblestone walkway that had been revealed at low tide, steadily making my way on the uneven stones toward St. Michael’s Mount in the distance.

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By the time I finally reached St. Michael’s Mount, the wait to get in was over an hour. My heart sank. I wiped the sweat from my brow and resolved to tour the outer walls of the harbour and the garden.

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Having returned to Marazion, it was finally time to treat myself to a cask ale and lunch at The King’s Arms.

Cornwall, England

I spent most of August 2019 in Cornwall, England. This was my first visit to the county and it delivered panoramic views, great pubs and fine cask ales in abundance. I started in Penzance, and no I did not see a single pirate, just people immensely enjoying the seaside. I have selected a few images to highlight each area of Cornwall that I witnessed. And I did almost four weeks in England with only a carry-on bag, two weeks of clean clothes and the use of hotel washing services. I travelled by airplanes, trains, underground, buses, boats, taxis and on foot.

Penzance

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A view from my hotel room toward St. Michael’s Mount in the distance.

the dock inn

The engaging lady behind the bar at The Dock Inn must have been a huge fan of comedienne Dawn French as she had her down pat, serving up great banter with the regulars and tourists alike.

 

blue sky night

A stunning moonlit evening shot.

black night sky

A few nights later the sky was black and foreboding.

the longboat

The Longboat was reliable for food and cask ale.

the turks head

The Turk’s Head is the oldest pub in Penzance, having associations with pirates over 700 years ago.

 

The Bartons Arms, Birmingham, England

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The Bartons Arms, Villa, Birmingham, dates from 1901 and is a grade II listed building with a stunning interior. It is owned by Oakham Ales of Peterborough. It serves authentic Thai cuisine of a very high standard. Expect a good range of Oakham’s cask ales, a few guest taps and some cider.

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The Oakham Citra was in fine form and paired very well with the excellent Thai food.

While we walked here from the Bullring, we opted for a quick taxi ride back into the core of Birmingham, landing near to the Wellington and our hotel.

 

CAMRA Approved Pub…Not Behaviour!

The…Central London, England.

Mr. Happy at a pub in London.
I asked for a taster of an ale and then, having liked it, asked and was served two pints of the same sampled cask ale.

Nice brew. Spey Valley IPA at 4.6 per abv., with a malty start and then the hops kicked in with abandon. A very fine brew. Please, don’t blame them!

The initial exchange was less than cordial, a disapproving grunt at best.

So. Mr Happy. Why are you so out of sorts?

<The verbal bits imagined as the barman was unable to speak!>

Well. Let me tell you.
As if you will listen?
First. You want a free taster. And then. Having had that. You expect me to pour two full pints.
And then you expect change from a tenner.
And then you expect me to be cordial after all those demands!
You people are beyond belief!
You fuckin’ foreigners!
Bloody hell!
Make my life miserable, or what?
Thanks so much!

“Love you too!”

Obviously, a pic would give it away!

 

St. George’s Day Festivities for Charity

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Please join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 6:30 PM for St. George’s Day festivities at the Granite Brewery Restaurant!

 

Join us for St. George’s Day festivities in support of charity on Saturday, April 22rd at 6:30 PM at the Granite Brewery and Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto.  Celebrate all things English with co-hosts Maz Brereton and Robert Hughey and guest speaker Nick Pashley. Door prizes, silent auction, plus a live auction with auctioneer Julian Mulock.

In honour of the 150th Birthday of Canada join Nick at the podium and bring your ‘England to Canada’ story, in words, song, pictures or mementos. The event features a delicious four course gourmet dinner with four matching fresh Ontario cask ales.

Please show your support for England and Canada and raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Tickets are now on sale and you can buy them by calling 416 462 3788 or emailing robert.hughey@sympatico.ca

$70 per person (taxes and with partial tax receipt included)

This event organized by CASK! Toronto, which has helped raise over $20,000 for charity over the last few years! Sign up and buy your tickets now.

Hope to see you there!

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The Ebrington Arms: Classy Goodness

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Whether you come for a pint of cask ale in the front bar, have exquisite food in the dining room, or just wander out to the walled-garden, wherever you land you can be assured of a great experience at The Ebrington Arms.

Located an easy trip of just two miles from Chipping Campden, this is one great pub, dating from around 1660, that one should get to know intimately.

Pause at the bar and you might be engaged by a local farmer with tales galore to share or locals who love beer and want you to taste the best cask ales available locally, there is usually enlightenment to be had!

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The Ebrington Arms brews its own ales, namely: Yubby Bitter, sliding in at 3.8 percent abv, this copper coloured bitter with strong caramel and malt notes carries through a fruity hop character to a pleasant bitter finish. The ‘Yubby’ is the traditional nickname for the pub; Yawnie Bitter, pops up at 4.4 percent abv, and is a full bodied chestnut coloured ale that is balanced with toffee and malt notes, with a complex hop character driving toward a bitter finish. A ‘Yawnie’ is an affectionate term for a village idiot. Brewed with 100 percent British ingredients, Yubby Goldie Ale, YPA, strides in at 4 percent abv and is a refreshing IPA style with a strong, hoppy flavour.

And they also offer a fine selection of guest ales from local breweries such as Box Steam, Donnington, Goff’s, North Cotswold, Severn Vale, Stanway, Stroud and Uley.

316As if this is not enough enticement, you could book a room, one of five, and stay a night or three!?

The Ebrington Arms
Chipping Campden
Gloucestershire
GL55 6NH