After noodling around the town, we headed back for a quiet afternoon awaiting George & Brenda to arrive and take us to dinner and then to meet their family. Brenda and George are loooooooong time friends of Mike’s…..Here’s a shot of Brenda and Mike way back when:-
George and Brenda took us to one of their favorite places to dine, The Thames Court and it was magnificent! Lots of charm and culture – cozy and amazing food. (we refrained from the fish & chips as we had them for lunch!) Although it was dark outside, you still knew the River Thames was across the small road in plain view. What a lovely setting.
We also had a “trainee” waitress that was about 5 years old that did a wonderful job. She was overjoyed to get a “tip” from us for a job well done! The conversation consisted of a lot of reminiscing of old times, which was very interesting to hear how George and Brenda met Mike (through an old flame!) Thank you Brenda & George again for the lovely meal!
Now off to meet the rest of the family at their lovely home. The home reminded me of a warm, English cottage that you read about in those romantic novels…with the fireplace and the large planked wood floors. It was complemented by a huge garden out back. I wish I had taken some shots of it, as it was done up so nice. It was large and many different areas to sit and enjoy the fish pond as well as, numerous beautiful English gardens.
The Branton family was so warm and friendly. The grandchildren were there and it was a perfect evening and ending to our day.
MIKE’S ACTUAL BIRTHDAY WITH A PUB CRAWL & A SURPRISE DINNER THEATRE DOWNTOWN LONDON – FAWLTY TOWERS!
In keeping with 2019 – everyone on the train is on their phones…well, except Sandra and I! I guess I can’t say that, as I was taking the photos…on my phone!
Our first stop in London is The Nell GWYNNE. A quaint pub that was so small you had to go outside to change your mind. That only added to the ambiance of the charming London pub. Just don’t go to the bathroom if you’ve had too many pints, as when you fall down the steep stairs, you’ll land right in the ladies toilet!
Then off to our next stop –
Next up – The Old Crown Public House!
Well, they’re all looking like the cat that swallowed the canary. They kept our next stop, “the” birthday dinner, a surprise. It wasn’t until we walked into this grand hotel that we saw the Fawlty Towers billboard!
What a perfect surprise for Mike’s actual birthday! My cheeks hurt so bad from laughing all night long…and the food was also excellent. Thank you Rob & Sandra for an amazing surprise birthday dinner!
Another couple of days in England, spent with family and friends – done and dusted.