On Wednesday evening, hubby’s mom insisted on taking us out for dinner, so off we all went to ‘The Barn at Alfold’, in the next village down the road. This ‘Gastropub’, is one of our favourite places to eat when we are here. It dates back to 1590. and the original oak beams are believed to have been fashioned from timber taken from the ships of the Spanish Armada. Ernest Hemingway frequented this establishment in the 1940’s, during the second world war, and spent many an afternoon enjoying the ‘cream teas’ at ‘Gibbs Hatch’ as it was then called.
As we walked in out of the cold, there was a welcoming fire in the huge fireplace,
so we sat in its cosy warmth, and each had a glass of my favourite Harvey’s Bristol Cream sherry before dinner.
Some interesting graffiti decorates the walls in the bar.
The food was as always, absolutely delicious. Hubby and MiL opted for the lamb shank in red wine jus, which was really flavourful, and so tender that it just fell off the bone.
My chicken breast with bacon and cheese, was very tasty indeed, and yes, I did eat every last morsel.
This place has a wonderful ambience, and the family who own the restaurant are really friendly and obliging. The owner’s wife does all the cooking herself, using farm fresh vegetables and locally sourced meat. She came out to our table to make sure that we were enjoying her food, and we, with our mouths full, just smiled and nodded. 🙂
It was a most enjoyable evening, and, as you can imagine, we never ran out of conversation for a minute.
Tonight, we’re going to a place called China Brasserie, a highly recommended restaurant close to where my sister-in-law lives. All this eating out is not highly recommended for the waistline, but I’m not complaining. 🙂
I wish you all a very pleasant weekend. We have more family arriving on Saturday, and on Sunday, are having a big family lunch. I have been nominated to make one of my famous cheesecakes for the occasion.
IT does look very authentic, something I would be very approved of.
Yeah right! I bet you don’t worry about your waistline. After all the foodie posts you’ve made, I know you naturally just don’t get more weight.
Thanks for the vote of confidence with regard to my waistline, rommel. 🙂
Sounds wonderful! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday 🙂
Thanks, Tandy. You too. 🙂
Thanks for sharing an enjoyable evening with us. From the images, to the food to the blast from the past, everything were a delight. Have a great weekend.
Thanks so much. It’s great being with the family over here for a while. 🙂
She’s quite the sprite at 99! blessing to all of you. 😉
Thanks, Elizabeth; she certainly is sprightly. 🙂
I love the W.C. Fields quote 😀
That food looks great, you must be having a wonderful time! 🙂
Thanks, Dianne;yes we are. Lots of family here this weekend. 🙂
It looks like the perfect place to eat. Funny I was watching a NZ chef make lamb shanks last night on TV…if only I could eat it. I can’t eat anything that says: “meee or baaa” at me. Just can’t
That’s a great pity, Jo, but I do understand. 🙂
A delicious post AD… and you don’t have to worry about your waist 😉
Thanks so much for the reassurance, Paula. 🙂
Glad to see you’re enjoying your time in England
Thanks so much. Yes it’s great to see all the family again. 🙂
Lovely place to dine at – full of character! The food looks delicious!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Yes it was really great there, Zirkie. 🙂
I love restaurants that have an interesting history, it really adds to the ambiance. Looks lovely!
Me to, Elisa. There are lots of really wonderful old places like that around here. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your joy of eating a 16th century barn with your MiL. Love her beautiful smile.
Thanks, Amy. Glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
I can’t deal with peas. Otherwise, yum!
Enjoy your stay. 🙂
I didn’t even notice the peas, Gemma; I was concentrating on the meat. 🙂
Hey! You were had! You didn’t get the authentic menu, which would have been hay or oats. 🙂
Seems like a really prime place to nosh.
Hahaha. Trust you to come up with that, Col. We’d already made hay, and had our oats for the day. 🙂
Was the sun shining?
How wild were they?
What a wonderful place with great food and that cozy fireplace. I would like to see those old beams in person. Have a fun weekend.
Yes it’s a really fabulous old place. You’d love it. 🙂
You need to come back to SA… There’s generally less foodie pics when you’re here 😉
Glad to hear that you’re having a good time. Enjoy the time with all the extended family
You love my foodie pics really, TA. Admit it. 🙂
Love the glass windows in that last pic…Sounds like a great place!!
I also love these old buildings. They’re so attractive.
Looks very tasty 😛
Definitely was tasty.It all disappeared quite quickly. 🙂
I swear SA thins our blood, check your MIL in open shoes and you in boots! 🙂
That’s for sure. We’re really nesh, aren’t we? 🙂
History and fine dining! What a wonderful experience which I’m sure was greatly enjoyed by all!
I know I enjoyed just seeing the photos and reading about your evening. 🙂
Thanks so much, Phil. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. 🙂
The food looks delicious, 🙂 love your boots!
Thanks, matron. Those boots have been everywhere with me for the past couple of years. They’re what I wore in Yellowstone Park when it was so bitterly cold, and also in New York when it snowed for Christmas. I think they’ll always be my favourite footwear. 🙂 Hope you have a very happy weekend.
That place is darling! What a wonderful experience, full of charm and lovely dishes. I have no doubt your cheesecake will be delicious. Maybe the waistline takes a hit, but time with family can’t be measured. 🙂
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Angelia. You’re so right about family time being precious. 🙂
Your MIL looks brilliant for 99! and what a great smile she has 🙂
Yes, she certainly does, Ruth. She smiles most of the time. Love her to bits. 🙂
Aww, this looks so cozy and fun. The food looks delicious, the place inviting and warm. I’m sure you had a great time with your family! 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. 🙂
Sounds really good and have a great weekend, too, AP 🙂
Thanks, Marco. It was very good indeed. 🙂
Another entry for your “Memory Album.” Lovely.
Absolutely so. 🙂
Sounds like you have been welcomed home… I just wonder why you return to SA when you got lovely food like that over there…lol
Yes, I wonder too, when I read the news lately. 🙂
A wonderful place with interesting history to eat. I love the quotes on the wall and the large fireplace. Your Mom looks lovely. Have a great weekend with your family.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. The restaurant is really welcoming and cosy. We had a great evening. 🙂
LOVE the looks of that place,it’ looks so cool! But…now I’m hungry 😛
Thanks, Steve. Sorry to blog food again, but I’m eating a lot of it lately. 🙂
LOL,no worries,the wife and I had a pre-anniversary dinner tonight (the second in two days 😉 😛 ),awesome steak and chicken! 😀
Sounds very good. Happy anniversary for whenever it is. 🙂
It was today,and thank you 🙂 We uh…had another anniversary dinner today,teeheehee! 😛
So beautiful! I would definitely have dinner there! Plus the food looks delicious!
Thanks, ioanna. You would not be disappointed at all. 🙂
That all looks so appealing AD, cosy barn, great food and wonderful company, what more could you ask for? 🙂
Not a lot more, optie. 🙂
sharing love and good food, i am sure you will be even lovelier at 90, a good thing to aim for!
Thanks so much, Christine. 🙂 I hope so.
Such gorgeous food, in such a lovely setting AD 😉
You’re on holiday – might as well enjoy the eating 😉
Thanks, 68. I’m not fighting it. 🙂
All sounds wonderful. I can see you’re going to have a fabulous weekend! 🙂
Thanks, Adrian. I’m sure we are, once I’ve made the cheesecake and the dinner for tomorrow evening. 🙂
Now looks like an enchanted place!
Thanks, newsy. You’d really enjoy, I’m sure. 🙂
Looks like a wonderful place AD 😉
Yes, it certainly was. 🙂
Lovely pix and your MIL is truly astonishing.
Thanks, footsy. 🙂
While you’re savouring the delights of the British cuisine I shall be in Hidcote for my reunion! I’m not looking forward to the drive there as it is very overcast and drizzly.
Love to you all. xxx
Travel safely this weekend, and have a great reunion. Hope the weather picks up for you. xx
Your MIL is truly amazing.
Yes, she is. I want to be just like her when I’m 99. 🙂
Your hubby’s mum looks like such a darling. How lucky for you and I’m glad you’re all having such a wonderful time.
Thanks, Gunta. Yes, she’s really adorable, and we’ve always got on so well together. 🙂