When food is on display often times so are you. Elaborate up dressing can often accompany elaborate up cooking with both competing for attention at the table. So when you go to a place that makes you feel as comfortable as you do in your own pajamas, you almost never want to leave. And where’s this place you ask? Why, Dear Drinker & Eater, as if you have to ask, it’s the institution we both know and love of course, The Great British Country Pub.
The Great British Country Pub is a sensation as much as an experience. You walk into a good one and it can feel like you’ve been mediating for hours. For as you order your pint a sigh of relief is served up next to it, that surrounds you and your party the whole time you’re in the establishment.
For that’s what The Great British Country Pub is after all; the place where perfect social order has been established. The place where good grub, good booze, good fires, good beer gardens, good punters and good smiling service sidle up to each other to present the united front of pretty perfect pub perfection.
And the build up to the enjoyment of this perfection is key too. It’s part of the ritual. A good drive or a brisk walk through green and pleasant pastures is often part of this total pursuit of contentedness. We happily pile ourselves into a car and head off with vague directions, if we are visiting a new recommended establishment for the first time. Or we put on correct shoes for the walk that can take us over hill ‘n dale to our local, a walk that we have done every Sunday for fifteen years.
So thank you to all The Great British Country Pubs out there, who have made us feel welcome, and on this occasion The Bell at Sapperton who delivered the best mushrooms on toast we’d ever eaten and a great tasting pint (that is getting harder and harder to find) of Guinness. We salute you!