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From these were chose cottage pie, lasagne and a ham salad, but unfortunately they took around thirty-five minutes to appear, putting us even further behind schedule.
The food was actually decent enough, but the overall experience was distinctly disappointing.
We spotted the cat shown above sunning itself in a precarious position on a window ledge.
The Wellington was our scheduled lunch top, although as some members of the party were either not particularly hungry or fancying something a touch more crafty to drink, there was a split in the camp, and it was a depleted group that crossed the threshold.
The Knowle Spring proved the most popular and was in pretty good nick.
Martin Taylor’s liver was still suffering from his GBG-ticking exertions in Scotland over the previous couple of days, and he restricted himself to an alcohol-free Heineken, which was available here on draught, something I had not seen before.
It therefore made a good venue for our latest Beer & Pubs Forum Proper Day Out.
It was a poignant thought that my last interaction on social media with the late Richard Coldwell had been discussing arrangements for this trip, which he hadn’t been able to fit in anyway.
However, our walk to the next pub took us along an attractive promenade on the northern bank of the Ribble through Miller and Avenham Parks.
By this time, after an overcast morning, the sun had come out, and it was starting to get pretty warm.
It’s a former Boddingtons pub, and still retains their characteristic external lettering.
It no doubt looks better when the tide is in, as it was today.
A steep and rather lung-bursting climb followed, taking us into a area of handsome late Georgian and Victoria housing in the Avenahm district of the city, much of which now appeared to have been converted into offices.