Friday, 2 November 2007

Birthday Boy

Today is Himself’s birthday and the poor fellow hasn’t been feeling well for the last few days, so he’s sitting on the sofa reading a book of Giles cartoons kindly given to him by Big Brother, with Mollie snoozing beside him and Bussie lying fatly on the computer chair (which he has now commandeered on a full time basis.)

I’m off to a writing meeting in Truro now and tonight, if the invalid has recovered sufficiently, we will have a drink at our local pub. This is run by the Reverend Barrington Bennetts, a renowned celebrity who rules his small kingdom with fiery eyebrows that draw together threatening trouble.

Barrington, as he is known, is also a priest at Falmouth Parish Church when he’s not behind the bar at the pub, and is married (but tries to avoid speaking to) his wife of rather more years than he cares to remember.

Many of the clientele have died off with advancing years, so those of us that are left view each other with relief when we step through the doors. Another one still alive.

A visit to this pub is an experience. The interior hasn’t changed for over 100 years and there is no food, no comfort and no music. Just real ale and lousy wine.

But the company’s good, and this must be one of the last Proper Pubs in Cornwall.

I love it.


laurie said...

i think i would love that pub, too. though i would eat a good meal before going there.

happy birthday to Himself, and here's hoping he's feeling better soon!

BreadBox said...

Happy Birthday to Himself! Hope that the prospect of a little drink or three perks him up this evening:-)

Does this mean that there is still a pub in England which hasn't introduced a lovely menu? I thought that they'd all been bought up! Last time I was back I was amazed at the quality of food in pubs...


BreadBox said...

(in my last comment, read quality of food as also making a comment about the reduction in quality of pub-iness too!)

Flowerpot said...

laurie - yes teh beer's good - not that I'm a beer drinker mind!

Breadbox - many thanks for the birthday greetings. Yes, there is absolutely no food in this pub unless you count roasted peanuts!!

Rebecca Taunton said...

sounds like a lovely pub FP.

I do hope the writing meeting went well, a shame I missed it this week.

And, many happy returns to the birthday boy.


Flowerpot said...

thanks RT - bitthday boy was v chuffed with his card. We missed you this morning - had a v good meeting - and hope to see you next week.

liz fenwick said...

Sounds wonderful. Enjoy :-)

Flowerpot said...

Thanks, Liz. In fact he's not feeling too good so we might celebrate tomorrow instead.

Philipa said...

Sounds like a great pub, I hope you have a good time and that your honey gets well soon.

I found you via Ellee Seymour's blog and liked your comment so hope it's ok to stop by, if you'd like to drop by my place you'd be most welcome.

Flowerpot said...

Phillipa - good to meet you and please call again soon! I will hop over and say hello.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Happy Birthday, Himself! What time should we all be at the pub?

Akelamalu said...

Happy Birthday to Himself, I'm sure he'll rouse his weary body to go for a pint! ;)

Lane said...

Happy Birthday Himself and that pub sounds like the best pub in Britain!

Ellee Seymour said...

Let's hope Himself cheers himself up and is able to enjoy his birthday.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Have a great time! And a very happy birthday to Himself.

Crystal xx

debio said...

Happy Birthday to Himself - sorry somewhat belated. Hope he's recovering a little.

Pub sounds great - last of the kind, I think; and with a real, live reverend too!

Flowerpot said...

correspondent - sorry I missed you! In fact we didnt go in the end but will go next Friday so will tell you then!

Ak - well he still had a drink just not in that pub!

lane - thanks for the birthday wishes.

ellee - yes, he thoroughly enjoyed his birthday thanks.

Crystal - we had a lovely time thanks.

Debio - Himself recovering and yes it's a wonderful pub.