Monthly Archives: September 2019

A Cottage of Content

Finding a gem of a country pub

I have family links to the beautiful English county of Herefordshire, and frequently visit exploring the rural countryside and, local country pubs.

One such pub is the Kilpeck Inn which was saved from development into residential property about 10 years ago. It’s now well known for its food and seems to be very popular. However, it doesn’t seem to cater quite so well for the locals who want to go there for a pint or two and socialise. So although they do stock good beer it is very much all about the food.

Fabulous atmosphere, food and beer, the excellent Cottage of Content at Carey, Herefordshire

The very good Cottage of Content Pub

I have eaten there a number of times over the last 10 years and had very mixed Continue reading

The finest view in England?

Sutton Bank, North York Moors National Park

A recent visit to Yorkshire to attend a Mountain Rescue conference in Leeds gave me the opportunity to briefly explore the area. This lead me to Sutton Bank in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

Sutton Bank the finest view in England according to James Herriot

The finest view in England according to James Herriot

Apparently Yorkshire author James Herriot, famous for his series of books about his life as a Yorkshire vet, declared the view from the Sutton Bank escarpment over the Vale of Mowbray and the Vale of York, the “finest in England”.

Now, I think you’ll agree that Continue reading

A journey, not a destination

You are not a Pewsey until you’ve had your photo taken

For generations of Pewsey’s, it was a right of passage to have your photo taken outside Pewsey Post Office in Wiltshire.

Pewsey Post Office in the 1960s

My mum outside Pewsey Post Office in the 1960s

According to Wikipedia, “Pewsey is a large village and civil parish at the centre of the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Marlborough and 71 miles (114 km) west of London”. It’s a lovely Continue reading