8.4.13

'Hair of the dog hike'

It was my father's 60th birthday bash on Saturday night, about 70 people came to help him celebrate this momentous occasion including old friends and family I'd not seen in a while. We drank, we danced, we all had a lovely catch up. All in all it was a great evening and my father was pleased as punch that everyone enjoyed themselves so much.

The following morning was spent nursing our sore heads in front of Sunday Brunch and procrastinating over doing the housework.

I knew what was needed, a country walk to the pub for a little 'hair of the dog'. We had a 45 minute cleaning frenzy and once the flat was spick and span we pulled on our trainers, grabbed the Sunday paper and headed out into the fresh Spring sunshine.


We left our sleepy village behind and trekked through the woods



Our goal was The Royal Standard of England at Forty Green, a decent 40 minute walk from our village with a couple of hills thrown in to challenge us!


The Royal Standard is one of my favourite local pubs and at over 900 years old is known as the oldest freehouse in England. It has an absolutely fascinating history, and the food & drink is always fantastic.


 I love the way the menu is written.


We both ordered roast dinners accompanied by pints of cider and relaxed with the papers while we waited for our feasts to arrive.


My glasses are incredibly wonky, really I need a new pair.

The food arrived!!


I had decided on roast beef, whilst 'Mister Whatlisawrote' went for the roast belly of pork.


Nothing like a big hearty helping of meat & veggies in a cosy pub after a long walk. It's one of the reasons I love England so much.

After all the exercise we'd done getting to the pub we thought we deserved pudding too.


I had sticky toffee pudding.


'Mister Whatlisawrote' had the apple crumble.





The pub layout is very higgledy-piggledy, with lots of different rooms, alcoves and snug corners with fireplaces - exactly what you'd expect from a building that's barely been touched for 900 odd years.

After a very satisfying lunch and plenty of time to relax and pour over the paper we headed on home just as dusk was approaching. 

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Did you all have nice weekends in the Spring sunshine?

Lx

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12 comments:

  1. You didn't say if you did any Karaoke! And you didn't show off your new nails! I love the name Hogback wood. The Royal Standard is great, I love it on a dark blustery night, with the gibbet on the roof swinging! wonder how many times it's been in Poirot, Marple or Midsomer Murders now! I'm not sure I'd call Wooburn Green a sleepy village on any day of the week

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    1. Karaoke got cocked up - we don't speak of it as my Dad was rather disappointed, so was I!! Haha, I guess Wooburn Green isn't that sleepy although it was very quiet that afternoon...

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  2. Hogback Wood, sounds like a kids' TV series! That pub looks fab. love the sign and the look of the menu! Happy belated birthday to your dad! xx

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    1. Thank you!! The pub is wonderful, they do lots of great food choices. Hogback Wood does sound like a childrens' T.V. programme!!

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  3. ahh these pictures look so lovely! i miss england x
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  4. Family parties are the best! Can't believe that pub is so old, the food looks amazing too xxx

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    1. It was a fun night, that pub is my favourite.

      Lx

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  5. You always post the best food photo's. Actually now that I've seen that yorkshire pudding I think I might have to make some of my very own it's been far too long! xx

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    1. Thanks!!

      Ah, making yorkshire's is a must. I try to have a roast dinner most Sundays, even in summer time!

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  6. oh my Gosh, weekend walking in the woods and a pub lunch... I couldn't think of anything more perfect ! I'm glad you had a wonderful weekend, I spent mine eating in china town in London, which I shouldn't have worn skinny jeans for !
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    1. Ah I love China Town! Lucky you :)

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