OUTER SUBURBS 91 – LUNCH IN A PUB

 

 


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Those of you outside the UK will probably have heard of British pubs or public houses – the “local”, the boozer, purveyors of The Electric Soup.  At 69, I can still remember, long ago, glimpses through open doors of rough, raw, smoke filled “spit and sawdust” establishments where men got drunk, and women were either absent or few; as I can recall pubs not being allowed to open on Sundays; and also pubs opening on Sundays where often the only things to eat were packets of crisps – not so good for those looking for warmth after a freezing winter’s early morning birding!  But now, pubs are for all, children included, and in many cases, especially away from city centres, they only survive in a very tough marketplace via their food rather than their booze.

And so to a quiet lunch in a pub way out in the south Bristol suburbs, on the edge of the city, on a weekday – this place is far busier on the weekend, and maybe on Fridays too.  Range of clientele?  Well there a baby’s buggy on the left –  children are allowed in until 9pm – and there’s an old woman with a walking stick at top left.  And so to modern life: sauce bottles on the tables (excellent!), a large TV up on the wall (groan!), and a flight of white-edged steps for falling down on your way back, laden with drinks, from the bar, which is out of shot at top right.  All in all, reasonably comfortable and congenial, and certainly affordable.

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This is the pub’s Mega Mixed Grill!!!  The friendly manageress has been known to exclaim “You’ve eaten it all!” but, well, you know, its a FATman Thing.  Nice touches to this meal, things that catch my eye??? Well, some blackening on the tomato, the ritual steak knife, and the jug of pepper sauce – a delicious meal except for the steak, which is often a problem in this particular pub. 😦

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And all washed down with pints of Stella, an above average, Belgian, mass market lager, tasty and fairly strong, a pleasure to drink – though simply not up there with brews from the likes of Duvel or Westmalle!  The above is a balanced diet – a pint for each hand …

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom; south Bristol; 11 Feb 2019.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

31 Responses to OUTER SUBURBS 91 – LUNCH IN A PUB

  1. bluebrightly says:

    As always, my groans when I see these photos aren’t ones of pleasure, but rather, fear….but I like that little pepper sauce pot! And I’m happy that you’re happy. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hahaha! >>> thank you, my friend, for wishing me happiness! Never something that anyone can have too much off. And I’m still managing 6 mile walks to offset the calories.

      But there is a mystery here, because I thought that the States is the home of super large restaurant/café meals >>> and, equally, the home of many large men with big belt buckles – or is that just tourism spiel or folklore??? 🙂

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Wow, those are good walks!! Hmmm, about the restaurant meals, it depends of course. But I’d say a normal diner breakfast in a normal town still would not feature this much food. less meat. maybe pancakes and bacon or sausage, and the eggs of course, and maybe home fries, and um, well, coffee….I like the broiled tomato half on the side, and we have found we can often get that if we ask for it, but it typically is not offered. We are overweight, yes, and that has to do with lack of exercise and frequent snacking, including loads of fast food and sodas. And the kids are getting obese!

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Home fries, now they sound good >>> for me, a breakfast that includes chips leaves me in a quandary – do I get down and worship it or simply stick my snout on the trough? Yes, cooked tomatoes are good, esp with bacon.

          Well, I overeat and do the 6 milers, and I’m at the lower end of obese. But I have little fast food – once a month maybe – and no sodas >>> now good Belgian beers, that’s a different story!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. Looks delicious!! Great, now I’m hungry… lol. 🙂

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  3. Meanderer says:

    Ooh, wonderful; the Great British Pub. At first I thought it was a Wetherspoons but then remembered you’re not keen on them.

    It’s made me think about pubs from the glorious old days 😉 My father used to sometimes take us as a family to pubs where we would all sit in the garden. I remember how grown up I felt drinking a Coke from a bottle with a straw ……. my teeth slowly eroding away 🙂 It’s the smell of pubs that takes me back; sometimes when walking outside one there is that strange aromatic mixture of old beer-soaked mats and fried oil which invokes a Pavlovian response from me as I suddenly stop, turn, and aim for the pub entrance. Happy days 🙂

    I actually visited a pub which had sawdust on the floor quite recently (a couple of years ago): The Tafarn Sinc in Pembrokeshire. Wonderful place, but it shut down after the landlord retired. I think it may have been purchased by locals, however.

    Anyway, Happy St Patrick’s day; raising a virtual glass of Guinness to you!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      No, Wetherspoons are fine, generally a fine selection of beer, and good food at quite reasonable prices – I’m just not into the gastro pub thing – I suppose I lead a fairly simple life, simple pleasures, can’t be doing with lots of hype, image and pretence.

      Good to hear your memories – and yes, the smell of such places – maybe not so common now, in our sanitised, odourless times. Can’t do the Guinness, so will use Duvel to toast you! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      • Meanderer says:

        My friend, I can assure you there is nowt fancy about ‘spoons. In fact, the pub interior featured above is pretty much identical – and the clientele! Simple food, no frills and very good beer 🙂 Plus, anything which is looked down on by smug Remainers has got to be good 😀 😀

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Oh no, I wasn’t talking about Wetherspoons, W’s are fine. I was contrasting W’s with trendy gastropubs, which really are not my cup of meat!!! And agree with you about the Remainers, although I’ve yet to meet one! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Balanced diet. Hahaha. Again, enjoyed the photos and the narrative. 🥰
    XXXATPXXX

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  5. Leanne Cole says:

    You don’t find many pubs here in Australia that serve that sort of thing anymore, they are all getting up market. Trying to compete with the cafe culture in Melbourne.

    I do still remember when women weren’t allowed in the main bar, and had to go to the ladies lounge.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Leanne, very good to hear from you! Well, times have moved on >>> which I’m all for >>> except for eateries going up market that is >>> I get turned off by food that I regard as pretentious or over-hyped >>> and especially so by expensive, Minimalist, artistic presentations of food that really just do not hit the spot. But then, maybe that’s a part of what being a FATman is all about! 😀 Adrian 🙂

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  6. Don says:

    What would we do without our pubs? Loved your “balanced diet.”😊

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