After a pleasant morning visiting a cemetery in central Bristol thoughts turn to lunch … there are plenty of pubs around here, but after the sublime peace and tranquilty I’ve enjoyed already today I can’t face the hustle and bustle of a busy place.
And so perhaps today is a good day to pop into The Crown at Churchill for some real cider and a sandwich? Alas, a traffic jam on the A38 before the airport coupled with the fact that the clock is ticking means a diversion is in order. And so we head out towards Chew Magna, stopping off in Winford to visit the Prince of Waterloo.
For such a huge pub it also manages to pull off the quaint look – thanks to the proliferation of wood, beams, low ceilings and flagstones. There’s a restaurant, a normal bar, a lounge bar and what is described as a “sports bar” – an area with a big television, chairs and squishy sofas – something for everyone indeed!
So what’s on offer for the discerning cider drinker? The Prince is another one of those “real ale” pubs – priding itself on a changing stock of beers – but when it comes to cider it’s Blackthorn, Thatchers Gold or Stowford Press. Ah well. I had a half of Stowford yesterday, so I’ll go for the Gold today.
Because it’s Sunday the pub is in full swing offering two course lunches – including a choice of beef, lamb, chicken or pork with all the trimmings for £8.95. But I don’t want a big meal and ask about sandwiches. The barman is a bit confused, but the manageress is sat our side of the bar enjoying her day off and she tells him to hand over the light lunches menu. I can choose from a tuna and mayo jacket potato, a tuna, mayo and red onion salad, a tuna and cheese Panini, but the only baguettes on offer are cheese salad, BLT, ham or sausage and onion. More negotiation ensues …
Ten minutes later my tuna and mayo baguette arrives, complete with salad garnish of lettuce, peppers (all colours), onion, tomato, cucumber and cress. Oh, and a handful of those tortilla things I keep having to try despite the fact that I know I don’t like them. Sadly I'm not very hungry (probably something to do with the lashings of birthday cake I had last night) so half the baguette is placed neatly into the handbag for consumption later in the day.
On hand to entertain me I have the local football expert who berates the members of the village football team for their performance in the game yesterday and I also listen to the latest gossip about who has been arrested for what lately - being cheeky to the local police officer seems to be a favourite past-time here!
Cider – 3
Tuna – 3 (can’t understand why it’s not an option on the menu!)
Atmosphere – 3