Sunday, June 10, 2012


The One fine Day

That was yesterday so I suggested we made the most of it and have lunch on Exmoor.  MTL’s enthusiasm waxed when we discovered I had been given a voucher for two free glasses of wine at the re-vamped Culbone Inn from our one remaining, stylish dress shop.  I was in there the other day and bought a navy straw shopping bag which I intended to use as a hand-bag –as we did when modelling in the fifties.  Fortunately it was only £10 because it has since disappeared – to my chagrin.


Exmoor was looking beautiful and the Inn has the most lovely view falling away from it.  Inside was freshly decorated, comfortable and welcoming.  The food compares well with the better eating places locally and there was a wide ranging menu to choose from.  I had a most unusual spicy bream – delicious and no carbs so far as I could see.  MTL had what I can only describe as posh fish and chips – (thrice cooked) with mushy peas and tartare sauce.  He loved it.


I only drink at the week-end now but the wine was so good I had two small glasses and of course a dessert –well worth the guilt trip. I’m a little unsure about abandoning plates.  As you can see the bream was served on a wooden platter – and it does look quite messy and the lemon tart on slate.  Needless to say I wiped the slate clean.


They have all sort of interesting offers on and with a bedroom overlooking that view we may well have one of our many anniversaries there.

16 comments:

john.g. said...

Sounds lovely!

Pat said...

John: 'twas:)

Mage said...

Such beautiful posts you offer us. Thank you. I got well behind on everyone, mea culpa, and am now delightfully caught up. The queen is lovely, it was worth every bit of struggle to get the photos posted, and you have captured my imagination with your words. What great country side you have. I hope the bag reappears tho.

Pat said...

Mage: thank you. I've scoured the house - I must try to retrace my steps if I can only remember them.

lom said...

This reminded me of a time when we went out to 'eat posh' and hubbys meal came on a board, he made a comment along the lines of with the price he was paying, you would have thought they could have used plates. TUT can't take him anywhere.

Pat said...

LOM: I sympathise with him:)

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Are you actually Jane Gardam? Is the whole "Pat" thing a pseudonym? I demand you 'fess up.

Pat said...

UB: now why would you say that? I'm flattered but Jane is actually two years older than I am, is Yorkshire not Lancshire and writes ike a dream.

Eryl said...

The food looks delicious, but the bream on the board looks like it was brought out before the chef had finished preparing it. Glad you wiped the slate clean.

Vagabonde said...

How exciting about your story! Congratulations. That Cricket St Thomas looks like a great place to visit – I think I could stay there all summer, with a pile of books.

What lovely views – that sky is immense and the plains and hills seem to go on forever.

Pat said...

Vagabonde: yes I'm missing my walks through those lovely grounds

Sharon Longworth said...

I was loving the pictures until I came to the one with dessert on a slate, and then all I could think of was the scrape of the cutlery on the slate - like nails on a blackboard. I'm glad the taste of it was better than my imagination!

Pat said...

Sharon: you know I didn't notice it but I tend to become oblivious to all when absorbed in such a pud'.

Pat said...

Eryl: the more I look at it the worse it looks. But it was so good.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Ever thought of doing travel writing? You make people WANT to go there!

Pat said...

GG: alas my travelling days - apart from the odd shimmy to the next county are over. I'm happy if the odd blurb affects some one:)