At the pub
Tonight we’re going out for drinks and dinner with most of Alex’s coworkers. We’re apparently going to a local pub in South Kensington. Since we’ve been here awhile, and we’ve visited a fair number of pubs, I thought I would post a few observations.
It can be confusing in the beginning, because the pubs don’t have any sort of hostess or seating arrangements. So the first night we stood at the door like doofs until a local felt pity for us and waved us to a seat.
The seating is really cool! It’s often super comfy couches pushed together in conversational groupings, or small tables, or a combination. It’s very conducive to conversation, and my favorite thing is that it doesn’t tend to be too loud. Since everyone wants to chat, they keep the music low.
You have to order at the bar. Even if you’re having food. Then they somehow remember who you are, and bring the food out to you when you’re done. We haven’t quite figured out who or where or how much tip should be involved in this process.
The food tends to all be the same. I guess the genre is called “pub food” for a reason! The burgers are usually pretty good, but we’ve stayed away from the sausages. Fish and chips are always a stand by, of course, if you’re in the mood for mushy peas!
And the most important thing of all, is that I love shandies. A shandy is a totally wussy drink, where they take half a pint of any lightish beer (like Foster’s) and add half a pint of Sprite or 7-Up. To my mind, it takes away the nasty bitterness of the beer. I think I could drink them all night long, and some people do!
Ok. I have to get hopping now to catch the train. Enjoy your Friday afternoon in the States, and be safe in the big snow storm!!