Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Second Chance

Everybody deserves one so when the boys were here we decided to forget about the luke–warm fish pie we had last time and re-visit the Carew Arms – hitherto a favourite. En route we saw a notice saying they were having a three Day Wedding Festival (it was the week-end of the Royal Wedding.) On the Friday they were open for bacon butties, full English breakfast and special lunch time platters.

There would be a big screen viewing of the wedding at 5.30pm, Traditional fish and chips and chicken in a basket would be served with non stop live music entertainment and late disco.

But this was Saturday which had a special lunch time menu with jazz and blues music. When we got there it was very peaceful – the marquees were empty and the garden was deserted except for three men happily drinking cider. We guessed they were the musicians. There was a morning after feel.

We were happy to have a peaceful drink and the platters – one fish and one cold meats with good bread were delicious. The music didn’t happen whilst we were there but they did start to prepare the hog roast advertised for the evening in a contraption in the garden which seemed to be under- performing.

Conclusion: it’s still a great pub in a lovely setting and one shouldn’t necessarily believe all the blurb about what is going to happen. They roll with the punches.

The photos below published themselves when I was about to label them. Nobody’s perfect! They are taken in the garden, view from the garden and the two platters. We shall return.


The Unbearable Banishment said...

I would have TOTALLY attended this! I saw the wedding on a TV in a deli that had the sound turned down and was running captions. Not exactly the Royal Treatment and insufficient for a big Anglophile such as myself.

R. Sherman said...

I'm sure the atmosphere was a lot nicer than that in London over the weekend. BTW, the cold cuts look tempting. Did you accompany them with good dry Bordeaux?


Ponita in Real Life said...

I'm with UB! That would have been a blast at the pub for the wedding! I caught it on tv on reruns. I wasn't going to get up at 3 a.m. to watch it live... I have enough trouble sleeping as it is. Why interrupt my night? ;-)

The pub and the food look lovely though. Eating outdoors is great, especially prior to wasp seas (we get them in droves here too).

Pat said...

UB\; what the WHOLE week-end? That would take a rare stamina and clearly the Friday guests were conspicuous by their absence onSaturday lunch time.

Randall: IO had the house wine whicn is always reliable. The boys had beer and cider respectively.

Ponita : we didn't know about it until Saturday but the four of us enjoyed it(the wedding) at home followed by a pub lunch.

Guyana-Gyal said...

With a setting like that, I'd go with the flow too.

And aside: I've just noticed that you're a trained paediatric nurse...which is what my cousin "Nan" is too, in Seattle.

Scarlet Blue said...

That's what I love about the West Country - it goes with the flow [most of the time].
And again - I need to publish your blog as a good food guide!

Guyana-Gyal said...

I think blogger ate my comment yesterday :-(

I was saying that, in a setting like that, anyone would want to go with the flow :-)

Pat said...

GG: Blogger had been malfunctioning for a couple of days now. I just hope this won't get eaten.