Our trip to England was such a wonderful lesson in the English lifestyle, English history and urban living in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world. Martin is from England so we went there to visit his family and to take the kids while they were still unattached and still close to home. Little did we know that many of our adventures would take us to no less than six English pubs. Pubs of all shapes and sizes, with food and without and with brews from all over the world.
This English pub, the White Horse Inn in Dover, was built in 1935. This was before Columbus even came to America. The walls are covered with signatures of those who attempted to cross the English Channel. I admire their courage (after all, we had just come from the White Cliffs of Dover, where you can see the sea roaring against the rock.
The Eagle and Child, in Oxford, is known for having served the writers, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. This is where they, and their fellow writers, called themselves The Inklings. There’s nothing like sitting within five feet of where these famous authors sat down for a pint.
This is the chicken and mushroom pie (known in America as a pot pie). It was absolutely delicious with mashed potatoes and brown gravy. I am not a huge pot pie pan fan, but this was absolutely divine. By the way, it was served on English china (not your average pub).
The King’s Arms, another lovely pub in Oxford.
The Jolly Sailor Ale House is in Canterbury, the southern part of London and one of my favorite parts of our trip.
Canterbury is the most wonderful village with shops and cafes for tea.
The Swan and Mitre is a lovely pub in Bromley, a quaint little village in England.
This is the Grape and Grain, a pub in Bromey, across from Crystal Palace. Martin is a huge soccer fan and Crystal Palace and Liverpool are his teams.
There is not one of these pubs that I wouldn’t recommend as each one has something different to offer.