Eating My Way Through Devon and Dorset

For our first evening in Exeter, we chose Harry’s Restaurant for dinner. Most of the dishes seemed very American (as in choice and size), such as the Hog & Mac (pulled pork sandwich) with cheese macaroni, cole slaw, and barbecue sauce. It was good, but it should be served only to very hungry werewolves. 🙂

Hog & Mac at Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter

We had to have fish and chips at least once, while in England. This mini order for ÂŁ 3,50 was just the right size at the Cobb Gate Fish Bar in Lyme Regis.

Mini fish & chips in Lyme Regis

My husband had an interesting dinner of fried potatoes with cubes of black pudding, mushrooms, and scallops at the Cobb Arms Restaurant in Lyme Regis. The serving was bigger in size, but only remembered half-way through dinner to take a photo of it…

Things to do for entertainment in a pub,  when you have plenty of coins in your wallet.

Sure fail for us – and success for charity.

Pub entertainment

We had a lovely light breakfast of poached eggs with salmon at our B&B Lyme Townhouse on Pound Street in Lyme Regis.

At Axminster Trainstation, we found this nice offer to the general public. Yes, the Cheese and Tomato Quiche was good!

Axminster Train Station

What do I like best about England? I like riding the trains, the food, and rummaging through charity shops.

The Punch Tavern on Fleet Street in London

For the first time ever, we decided not to stay in a hotel, but a rental apartment while in London. We chose a good location on Fleet Street to make it walking distance to LSE for our travel purpose.

The frame above the door features the character Punch. Too bad I had just seen one like it, but with a white mask! There he was in broad daylight in a car near Fleet Street… He reminded me of one of the murder cases in the detective show Elementary which we like to watch.

Punch Tavern ceiling

The Punch Tavern features 70 different types of Gin. I tried the London Dry, Beefeater, and Bombay Sapphire. I’ve done my share. It took me two nights to down three of them.

London Dry

This was their vegetarian version of the Caesar Salad. My husband enjoyed his Shepherd’s Pie.

I opted for the Punch Baby breakfast, which was enough. At least, I got the beans and sausage with it.

Punch Baby Breakfast

The rental place above the Punch Tavern is in a good location. It was clean and comfortable. There are four windows in the apartment, but they only point to grey walls of more holes in the wall. But we weren’t there for the view anyway. I would stay there again.

While there, we also realized why we had to leave a GBP 500 safety deposit. Now we know, but this will be our secret. 🙂 The deposit was returned to us in full right away. We had been good.

Review for Inn on Frederick in St. Andrews, Canada

We spent two nights at the Inn on Frederick in St. Andrews. It has the perfect location sitting in the center of town, but yet one block away from Main Street, so it is fairly quiet. It is also in walking distance  – just cross Main Street – to Passamaquoddy Bay.

St. Andrews pier

We had booked the vacation home as the price for two double rooms at the same inn was almost equal to the price of the house, and yes, this was the better choice for us.

The innkeeper, Mr. Jay Chung, is a very accommodating fellow. Don’t be fooled by his college-age looks – he’s got a 16-year daughter, who helped serve breakfast in the morning.

I mostly enjoyed the privacy of the porch.

Inn on Frederick patio

We made very little use of the livingroom and kitchen downstairs, but mostly ate out.

Inn on Frederick livingroom

The bedrooms and bathrooms are on the second floor.

Inn on Frederick

The inn’s breakfast, we all agreed on, was phenomenal. The first morning, we had an omelet wrapped in crepe, with fresh fruit and yoghurt on the side.


The second morning’s breakfast was just as inviting to our eyes.

breakfast 2

And yes, we slept well in this air conditioned house during this very hot weekend of 33 C. Our son used the jacuzzi a couple of times, we had our rooms cleaned and refurbished each day, and we had a very pleasant time there.

I highly recommend it, if you come here as a family.

48 Hours in London

As I had mentioned in my previous London post, the streets of London (namely Gracechurch in the financial district) are deserted in the early morning hours.

Gracechurch on a Saturday morning

Gracechurch on a Saturday morning

We were able to find a breakfast place which served this for ÂŁ 4.95 including coffee. I had forgotten how good baked beans on toast tasted.

English breakfast

English breakfast

Our next stop was the University of London (UCL), where we took a look at the various university buildings around the area. Being a nature lover, I liked the park most.

Park at UCL

Park at UCL

The British Museum is just around the corner from UCL.

British Museum

British Museum

Next, I found this mannequin to be absolutely ghastly. I was in such a shock I forgot to note down the shop’s name. Are they trying to sell anorexic fashions?

Sick mannequin in a London shop

Sick mannequin in a London shop

On a happier note – I liked the ad on this bus.

Tweet until you're trending

In the evening, I dropped off my husband and daughter at the Globe Theatre to watch The Tempest in a close to three-hour performance.

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

I took a nice stroll across the Millennium Bridge and I had barely made it across the bridge, when it started to rain.

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

This is mid-May, but looking at the above photo, I would think this was taken somewhere in Russia in early winter.

Streets of Oberursel

Yesterday afternoon, our son was approached by a stranger asking for directions around the Rosengärtchen. This is often the case as the numbering system around here is chaotic and without German logic, if there ever was any ( More about that from the NY Times‘ article Delusions of German Logic).

Nevertheless, a few words were exchanged in English and our son was amused to learn that this stranger from Australia knew my blog. Based on one of my posts about Accommodations in and around Oberursel, he had taken my recommendation and booked himself into the Beethoven Bed & Breakfast.

Well, this has been said a million times, I know. But it is a small world, especially with the help of the internet.

Oberursel forest directions

To the Australian visitor: Enjoy your visit to Oberursel!

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