The Ship Tavern, a Proper London Pub Experience

22 04 2016

While I was visiting London at the end of March, I met up with a couple of friends from university who are a married couple having been college sweethearts.  Together with their high school daughter who was home for a spring break from her boarding school we went to the dining room of a very proper and classic pub in Holborn called The Ship Tavern.

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The establishment dates back to 1549.  We went to the upstairs “Oak Room” for our dinner.

Had one of their ales.

Had one of their ales on tap.

Had one of their "pies" filled with beef cooked in ale. With chips.

Had one of their “pies” filled with beef cooked in ale. With chips.

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It was still light when we came out to head out to our next destination.

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The food, the service, the atmosphere, all great.  Even in an old establishment, London feels unstuffy these days.  Loved it.





World Eats in Tokyo – the English Version – Takako’s Birthday

2 08 2015

My two good friends and I go out to try a new regional cuisine every month and the July version was held to coincide with Takako’s birthday.  We happened to choose an English pub-cum-restaurant joint “Al’s Cafe” in Takadanobaba.  Al was good to us and so were the food and English beers and wines – yes, wines!

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Saturday Antique Market on “Kottodori”

18 12 2013

I walk on this street named “Kottodori” literally meaning “antique street” in the Omotesando neighborhood of Tokyo almost everyday on my way to work but it is rare that I pass by it on foot (I would normally be driving by) on weekends.  However a couple of Saturdays ago, I had the occasion to walk the street and came across this market.

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Didn’t know there was such a market.

Bought an "antique" Finnish plate from him.

This guy is from somewhere on the “other side” of Japan like Niigata or Ishikawa he told me but I forget exactly where. Bought an “antique” Finnish plate from him.

The guy's neighbour was a lady selling things of British origin including homemade pies and things.

The guy’s neighbor was a lady selling things of (mostly?) English origin including homemade pies and sweets.

What I bought from the guy: an old Arabia plate.

What I bought from the guy: an old Arabia plate.

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What I bought from the lady. (Not the plate which I bought in San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy.)

It was fine but a biiiiiit salty.

It was fine but a biiiiiit salty.








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