Sunday, 27 March 2011

Sunday walk and pub lunch

Following on from my last post, in which I mentioned that we were going to have a NO WORK day on Sunday, that is exactly what we did. We had a long walk to a neighbouring village, had a meal in a lovely pub called the Strode Arms and then walked all the way back home again.

We walked past this lovely big Georgian house just before reaching Cranmore Village.

Cranmore Village (Where East Somerset Railway is located) .
There weren't any trains running. They will start up again from the 1st April. I look forward to seeing the steam trains go past our house again. The train doesn't run in the winter and I miss not seeing them go by.

Picture borrowed from Strode Arms website as I didn't get around to taking a picture of the outside.

Pub entrance

We arrived at 13.55 hours, just before they stopped serving food. We got there just in time.

You see the table at the far end nearest the fireplace? That is where we usually sit when we go there for a meal. Today however, it was too hot to be sitting by the fireplace so we sat in a different area.
I took pictures of the interior just as we left the pub. It usually is much busier than these pictures imply. It was close to closing time.

I had a traditional beef Sunday roast and a sticky toffee pudding (Very English!). They were both DELICIOUS!
Enland has come a LONG way since the 1970s! It had a poor reputation when it came to food/restaurants/pub meals as far as the continent was concerned. You can't say the same nowadays. There are many really good restaurants, pubs and a very diverse selection of foods throughout the UK.

All that walking gave me quite an appetite! Besides as I we were walking back home again, I'd be burning some of it off... :-)
I have never had a bad meal at this pub, they recently won a Best food pub award.

After lunch it was time to walk back home.

It's a shame that the skies were hazy, not so good for taking photos. I had hoped for striking blue skies. At least it didn't rain so I can't complain.

The trees still look very bare, I can't wait to see the trees covered in fresh bright green leaves again.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my previous post, having a break today did me the world of good!

A bientôt!

Isabelle X
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Jem said...

It looks like you had such a gorgeous, relaxing day and I must join you in praising places like pubs for upping their game no end in the past few years. There's a place close to us in the Peaks that serves some of the best food I've tasted anywhere and all with local produce - here's to good grub in the pub! :-)

I'm in love with the gorgeous Georgian house - it's my favourite period of British architecture - I cannot get enough of it!

Take care,
Jem xXx

a mermaids purse said...

lovely day for you isabelle x
look at those lovely country side photos- wonderful, thanks for sharing...beautiful area you live in. That roasty looked yummy scrummy...enjoy the rest of your sunday eve...x

Sylvia said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day, Isabelle !
I love steam trains, they always remind me of Agatha Christie :-)
Wish you a nice week,

Sarah said...

Oh, yum yum - I could just eat a roast! Lovely photo's - I'd love to have a steam train chugging past our house. Enjoy what's left of the weekend.

maría cecilia said...

God!! it´s been so long since me last visit to your world, dear Isabelle. I was reading your blog to know what are you up to and I´m so happy of all the work in the "unit" you rented for your online shop, this is so great and I wish you much success on it!!!
Miss P. is so grown up and darling beautiful these days!!
You must be so tired but happy at the same time, congrats for all the hard work and enthusiasm you have!!!
sending you lots of hugs my dear
p.s. I was sooooo happy to see you by my blog

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Thank you for this lovely glimpse into your life, the countryside and the charming pub. It makes me want to pop over and share that English roast with you! Wonderful photos! I am glad you had a good Sunday break. Take care, Laura :)

BusyLizzie said...

What a gorgeous day you had.. that roast meal is making my mouth water! Lizzie x

All things nice... said...


Looks like you had a nice day and lovely food too. The weather was similiar here so I got out and about, went for a long walk around my boyfriends farm- so peaceful and remote :) Just me and the animals.

All things nice...

Bayside Rose said...

I would live to live in th UK for a while. I love the pubs, the fields, the weather, the rich history, the food and the there anything else?

Pam x

ahomespunyear said...

That's the kind of pub I love - not to mention the lunch! And how brill to be able to walk there and back through that beautiful countryside.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a lovely walk you had...I love the pictures you took of the countryside. And your lunch looked just wonderful, perfect for a Sunday meal! I am so glad you enjoyed your day off!

Have a great week, Isabelle!


Vintage Sunday said...

So glad you enjoyed your well-deserved day off dear Isabelle ~ the countryside looked absolutely beautiful, as did that delicious meal! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures! Love Brenda xo

B'ham said...

What a tasty lunch you had !! And such vistas to and from the pub !
Sigh... feeling rather hungry and hemmed in right about now !

jeanetteann said...

What a lovely post, it brought back so many childhood memories I spent around there on holidays. I now live in Australia but grew up in the west Midlands.

Cinzia said...

Wonderful photos, wonderful places!!!

bois-fleurie said...

I'm english and live in France. Your blog made me long for such a very english day.I really enjoyed reading about it

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Wow! What a gorgeous post, I felt I was walking through too!

delia hornbook said...

What a beautiful walk and such lovely photos. Great to say you had the day off and you had a lovely time, dee x

flowers on my table said...

Lovely pictures Isabelle. I do love going for a walk when there is a foodie sort of reward involved. That Sunday lunch looked good mmmm! I have just noticed that one of your fave places is Bruges. We visited Bruges the year before last, its really gorgeous. Have a good week, love Linda x.

Jessie said...

Lucky that you got there just in time! Pub food is a hundred times better these days isn't it? Looks like you had a lovely day out. :) x

Lululiz said...

Sounds like the perfect Sunday to me!

Lady Cherry said...

What fabulous pictures. I love roast dinners in pubs :)xx

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh I'm so happy that you made Sunday, a lovely holiday-from-work. It does one good! :-)

And thank you so much, for taking us along on your jaunt. You have such lovely, lovely countryside in your country. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. And please always remember to be appreciative of what you have. :-)

It's so wonderful, when people notice, and value, and protect, what they have around them. So important.

Gentle hugs...

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday! Thank you for sharing your day with us ♥

Louise said...

Lovely photos from your Sunday out. Pubs really can do some great grub. The roast does look good, and I too would have found space for that sticky toffee pudding. Would have struggled walking home afterwards though! x

Anonymous said...

I loved strolling there with you, Isabelle. What a beautiful spot of the world you live in. Some day I would love to hear how and why you settled there. Your Blog is really better than Country Living and Midsomer Murders combined. Hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy more family times. xx

It's Really Me said...

I love your photos, It is like your are taking us along on your walk. Thank you.

andamento said...

Lovely countryside photos and I am drooling after seeing the Sunday lunch pictures - it looks absolutely delicious, mmm!

Entre Nous said...

I need to be there, yesturday :}

GardenofDaisies said...

What a wonderful pub! This looks like my kind of place! Beef and yorkshire pudding!