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    Mendip, you are in Dorset the Abbotsbury Swannery is a rare sight for mini, summer will be full of young swans, there is an Oyster place on teh shingle bank that does stunning Oysters raised there.

    https://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/swannery/

    seems Abbotsbury Oysters is now called The Crab House, still was great in 2001, still looks good but they literally only did oysters back then, and you walked in to see them being clean in a UV tank

    Menu - The Crab House Cafe
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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Didn't spot you'd been in teh Haunch, great little place, tiny public bar - summer time you place your order and cash along a line and your beer comes beck outside with change - mostly
    You're from Salisbury, aren't you? I loved the place. Beautiful, and the accents had me chuckling as soon as I got off the train.

    The barman in the Haunch was surprisingly friendly and there were quite a few locals sat around. I thought it would be tourist hell.

    We went there for a couple early afternoon and then finished the night with a choice between...


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    ...nah, not really. It was only ever going one way.

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    80-odd quid or something and I didn't even touch my jhlafrezi until the next day.

    I nailed 6 curries in 16 days. Not bad going, but a couple of nights I opted for chippy tea instead, so I I think I could have actually made more of my time and really made the most of our classic British fare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    You're from Salisbury, aren't you? I loved the place. Beautiful, and the accents had me chuckling as soon as I got off the train.

    The barman in the Haunch was surprisingly friendly and there were quite a few locals sat around. I thought it would be tourist hell.
    Noooo, further norf but we'd have the odd night in Salisbury, you should have popped into Wilton and you and your Mrs could have got carpet burn on some proper posh pile.

    You should have let me and Mendip know you were down there, we could have pointed you at some gems, and saved you a few bob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    you been right tucked up you wanker, load of places you can get a decent pint for less that 4 - norvern minkey..

    Should have stopped at Schwartz Bros for a 1/2 lb blue cheese burger on Walcott St or near the Theatre Royal
    I ate so much fucking food while I was there it was untrue, but you can never quite get enough when it's British, can you? Did you see that in the paper recently which pointed out that the first hamburger ever eaten was actually in Birmingham? Apparently, that's where it got its name from, so it turns out that the seppos have nicked it from us.

    I get so angry when people appropriate traditional British food like Indians and Bangladeshis, and now I've found out the bloody yanks have been doing the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Cool pics Hal.

    Shame about the piss up.in town, next time.
    Yep, as i said at the time, had it not been for the bloody cider getting in the way, I'd have been there!

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    ^^ there is no point going over this again, you'll just encourage a load of angry Mercans claiming we are appropriating their cultural icons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    had it not been for the bloody cider getting in the way, I'd have been there!
    did you have the real thing, it ain't fizzy and only comes in medium sweet, medium or dry and you can't see your Mrs through the glass, in fact you won't see much after 5-6 pints

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    did you have the real thing, it ain't fizzy and only comes in medium sweet, medium or dry and you can't see your Mrs through the glass, in fact you won't see much after 5-6 pints
    My teeth are aching at the thought, do you get the complimentary straw in the pint? I mean hay straw and the fresh aroma of rat..

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    ^^ there is no point going over this again, you'll just encourage a load of angry Mercans claiming we are appropriating their cultural icons.
    We all know American has no food history

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    My teeth are aching at the thought, do you get the complimentary straw in the pint? I mean hay straw and the fresh aroma of rat..

    no added ingredients in real cider, no yeast or sugar just apple juice - due to the rural surroundings it has been said that some foreign matter occasionally finds its way into the brew but frankly that will only be corroborated by a practiced pathologist

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    Anyway, finally. Wells!

    But first another British classics: Greggs.

    Get your tissues out armstrong.

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    Can anyone guess the choice of pasties?

    Now, Wells. Where were we?

    What a beautiful place and people playing croquet on the lawn.

    People playing croquet!

    People. Playing. Croquet. Let that sink in for a minute. The only time people in Manchester use bats and mallets are for armed robberies.

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    A slice of cake on the lawn old chap?


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    Don't mind if I do dear boy (Great British cake, of course. Nothing but the best ).

    But, yeah, Wells was a bit special.

    Young tories making their way past the cathedral from the countless private schools around the city
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    And, of course, a pub

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    This forum is absolutely fucking shite for posting pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    did you have the real thing, it ain't fizzy and only comes in medium sweet, medium or dry and you can't see your Mrs through the glass, in fact you won't see much after 5-6 pints
    Wait until you see my pictures tomorrow from Cheddar. 6.5%. I was rocking after 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Wait until you see my pictures tomorrow from Cheddar. 6.5%. I was rocking after 2.
    They measured it! i'd say that's light and not being funny - cider is weird stuff, you could drink the equivalent % beer or lager but with cider it seems to knock the fuk out of you, doesn't taste strong either - deadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    They measured it! i'd say that's light and not being funny - cider is weird stuff, you could drink the equivalent % beer or lager but with cider it seems to knock the fuk out of you, doesn't taste strong either - deadly.
    Here you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    And, of course, a pub
    Those are Alms houses for the poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Can anyone guess the choice of pasties?
    You can tell by the markings on the pasties.
    Every Gregg's pastie has individual markings on the crust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Here you go.
    Cheddar Ales? Cider? orange in cider usually means sweet or medium sweet, wtf has it got a head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    You can tell by the markings on the pasties.
    They aint pasties, Greggs are cvnts or eaten by them never decided which.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    They measured it! i'd say that's light and not being funny - cider is weird stuff, you could drink the equivalent % beer or lager but with cider it seems to knock the fuk out of you, doesn't taste strong either - deadly.
    Indeed, last time I drunk it was over 20 years ago.
    Scary stuff and worst than sangsom!
    Not a bad idea for a thread!

    Experiences on cider

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    They aint pasties, Greggs are cvnts or eaten by them never decided which.
    A coffee and a steak bake for a couple of quid, I'm a cvnt

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Cheddar Ales? Cider? orange in cider usually means sweet or medium sweet, wtf has it got a head?
    It didn't have one for long.

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    Ooops. I tell a lie. It was "only" 6%.

    He gave me an actual Thatchers glass for the 2nd one. I was struggling after the 3rd so went on normal Thatchers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    steak bake
    bake, there you go. Greggs is Norvern and pasties are sacred southern food that only the train in the C19th allowed minkies to discover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post

    You should have let me and Mendip know you were down there, we could have pointed you at some gems, and saved you a few bob.
    I PMd Mendip before I went and he recommended Wells when I was asking him about Cheddar from Baf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    You can tell by the markings on the pasties.
    Every Gregg's pastie has individual markings on the crust.

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    Go on then, what are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Go on then, what are they?
    It's too late and I'm too pissed to identify your northern pasties.

    At a guess I'd say camel and paxo stuffing.
    Also Moroccan goat curry and garden peas

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