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SUNDAY LUNCH - 23 JAN 2011

VENUE: THE FARMERS BOY AT LONGHOPE

After all the bad weather it was a relief to find on Sunday that there was no frost or ice to contend with. Although not exactly sunny it was a dry day, so we were able to enjoy the countryside on the trip over May hill to Longhope (who spotted the Shetland pony?). The pub is situated on the A40, most choosing the direct route, although some did opt for the scenic route via Little London. Set on the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire border, the Farmers Boy Inn has something for everyone.

Having planned to be the first there we were pleasantly surprised to find four MG’s already in the car park and the bar busy. Excuses given were that they were unsure about the mealtime but extended drinking time seems a more likely possibility. In total some 25 hardy souls arrived and 8 or more MG’s were on show in the car park.

The Farmers Boy was originally a coaching inn, built in the 17th century and is set amongst rolling countryside. Inside there are oak beams, open fires and even a well (illuminated and glass topped for safety). The atmosphere is home from home and has twice won ‘Pub of the Year’ award. An unusual feature is the delicatessen next to the bar where you can purchase one of their famous 2 in 1 pies.

Once everyone had arrived we decided to re-arrange the tables, which did initially confuse the staff,who did a sterling job looking after us. The menu ranged from the usual roasts, fish etc through to the 2 in 1 pies, Rita and Janet exploring this option. Talk during the meal included Harrier jump jets and Vulcan bombers, not built in Abingdon of course, but equally fine examples of British engineering.


Once the meal was over the chat continued until until it was time to wend our weary but full way back home.

As it was a new venue we were pleased that everyone seemed to enjoy it and would like to thank all those who turned out in January to make it a very pleasant day.

Best regards to all

Chris & Betty Smith

 

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