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Not bad for 50!!

Steve the Birthday boy having a Birthday drink at the Pineapple Pub in the beer garden, Brimpton Common
Steve the Birthday boy having a Birthday drink at the Pineapple Pub in the beer garden, Brimpton Common

Well, turning 50 years of age is a big event in my book, but my husband Steve took it all in his stride and as far as he was concerned, it was just another Birthday!  He may be carrying more weight than he would like but I have to say he is looking pretty good for the big old 50!  He walks miles each day and loves the outdoors just as I do.  He loves a healthy diet and I recon the only thing he overindulges in, at times! is his favourite beverage of a good, well kept real ale!! 

Sarah's lovely Birthday cake.
Sarah's lovely Birthday cake.

It was a lovely day, starting with a walk then breakfast/brunch of leek scrambled eggs on my homemade wholemeal toast.  I’m not in the practice of making Birthday cakes, but this was a special occasion which warranted a little cake of some description (whether Steve liked it or not!)  So, I made a little chocolate cake the morning of his Birthday and covered it in peppermint chocolate and m&ms.  There was a knock at the door as this cake baking was going on and there appeared lovely Sarah from next door, with a CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAY CAKE for lucky Steve!!!!  Wow! 

My little cake for Steve!
My little cake for Steve!

In my own 44 years on this earth, I don’t think I’ve ever had two Birthday cakes made for me……it must have been Steve’s lucky day.  Just as well we had room in the freezer!

So we had drinks in our local pub beer garden in the wonderful early evening sunshine, then the cab we booked took us to the George and Dragon Pub in Wolverton Townsend for some lovely Aussie wine along with a good steak and ale pie.  Paula brought an individual treacle sponge pudding with a candle burning in it to the table after our meal and we sang Happy Birthday which finished off a top day.

Steve doing what he loves best in England....walking miles!
Steve doing what he loves best in England....walking miles!

So, my husband is now 50 years old and I have now spent 22 Birthdays with him and look forward to many more to come.  He is my best friend forever.

The Badger’s Wood Pub, Baughurst, Tadley, Hampshire.

A very friendly local pub, The Badgers Wood
A very friendly local pub, The Badgers Wood

We have known this pub for only a short time but can safely say it would have to be run by the most welcoming, friendly couple. 

 Alan is spot on with the care of his real ales.  Bombardier and Hobgoblin are the most popular and always poured expertly by Alan or Sylvia his hard working wife.  She has the gift of the gab, always with a smile on her face.  Even when their boiler decided it wanted to go to heaven, she made sure her customers were kept warm with the open fires blazing constantly….still with a cheery smile.

The Badgers Wood, Strongbow Cider and Bombardier
The Badgers Wood, Strongbow Cider and Bombardier

It’s a great locals pub and a good spot to call in for a quick glass or two.

Christmas Cheer at the George and Dragon, Wolverton Townsend

George and Dragon Pub, Wolverton Townsend
George and Dragon Pub, Wolverton Townsend

We pull up to The George and Dragon Pub for a couple of festive glasses before our Christmas feast at home and there seems to be a decent crowd there already, going by the amount of cars outside.

Paula looks gorgeous and offers me a glass of champagne and Steve a pint of his favourite real ale.  She made the most amazing smoked salmon pinwheels filled with cream cheese and herbs…magnificent with the champagne.  She also made tiny meat filled pies which went down a treat with Steve’s ale.  How special was this.  Just brilliant…and with class.  We stayed for two drinks as we had to get back to check on the lamb..and the fire…..but it was hard to leave (again!)  The atmosphere was so relaxed ……just people standing, sipping, nibbling and chatting before they had to head home for their own Christmas feast.  thank you Paula and Lionel…..it was just lovely.

Sunday Roast Lamb at The George and Dragon, Wolverton Townsend, Hampshire

Winter at The George and Dragon, Wolverton Townsend
Winter at The George and Dragon, Wolverton Townsend

Sunday lunch is always a treat at The George and Dragon Pub in Wolverton Townsend. 

It is especially good when Paula has Roast Leg of Lamb on the menu.  The sensational waft of lamb cooking as you enter the pub is truly mouth watering (my favourite roast meat, if that isn’t already obvious!) 

If your lucky enough,  (or smart enough to book as my husband did) the table by the fire is unbeatable, especially on an icy cold day as this was.

We settle very well in front of the roaring fire and after a pint of real ale (my husband chose Henry’s IPA) and a Thatchers Cider for me, we order our meal at the bar. 

Our meals come swiftly to the table and we are not disappointed.  Quite a huge serve of tender, succulent lamb is accompanied by a large roast potato, Yorkshire pudding and beautifully cooked broccoli, carrots and peas, along with a perfect amount of gravy and a side dish of mint sauce.  Pretty damn good, and the Australian Shiraz Cabernet turned it into a feast for lamb loving me!  Priced at £9.99, it’s extremely good grub for the price.

The other Roast of the day was Loin of Pork.  Other specials were listed on another menu board along with some yummy desserts and the full menu was also on offer.

It’s always hard to leave this place….just as well it isn’t open all day as we would certainly be tempted to linger a little longer!

Fire-side chat at the George and Dragon, Wolverton Townsend, Hampshire

One of my favourite, relaxing, most enjoyable pastimes….. to kill an hour  in the early evening, is sitting with my husband at the round table by the amazing, blazing fire at the George and Dragon Pub in Wolverton Townsend. 

By the fire at the George and Dragaon, Wolverton Townsend.
By the fire at the George and Dragaon, Wolverton Townsend.

 It’s a five minute drive or so from our place and never disappoints.  I occasionally drag my husband there at lunchtime on my day off for a pint and a serve of their lovely pork pate.  We find it hard leaving that table when it’s bitter and cold outside! 

It is a very well run country pub and as the owners have been there for 25yrs now, they take great pride in the running of the place.  My husband is a huge fan of real ale! and will be delighted to tell anyone that Lionel tends his cellar of ales to the highest standards.  “This is very good”, “top class” is often heard from his lips (when the pint glass isn’t touching that part of his face!) 

Christmas is looking magnificent here already with Lionel’s talented wife Paula decorating the characterful pub with her touch of Christmas.  She has a lot of class and does a brilliant job at running this pub with Lionel. 

Even though we are in the depths of bitter, winter conditions now, I must mention this pub in the summer is also a real gem.  They have a huge, magnificent green outlook from numerous tables facing a beautiful old willow tree.  In the spring, this is under planted with a huge display of daffodils.  Also, plenty of parking and very dog friendly.  We are off there for a bite to eat on Friday night, perhaps a bottle of a lovely Australian red wine along with a great steak from Wyatt’s Butchers Wolverton Park…..Magnificent!  Hope no one has booked the round table by the fire!   Will keep you posted!