FUSS ON THE FOSSE WAY

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Next stop on the Cotswold caper was Fossebridge, a hamlet comprising a btidge and a hotel for folk too posh for Bourton-on-the-water (is that even possible ?).

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Keen readers of “Notes from a small island” will know that Bill Bryson came here to unveil Roman mosaics at Chedworth; I came here for an irritating middle-class hotel bar tick, which is more impressive.

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Bridge over the River Coln
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Fossebridge Hotel

It looks exactly the sort of place that Hugo and Henrietta drive out from Cheltenham to dine at.

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It’s nice to have a pub in the Guide with 6X and Butcombe on the bar;

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Proper beer range

it’s less good to have a pub in the Guide with EVERY table with a RESERVED sign on it.

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RESERVED
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RESERVED for television addicts

Despite ALL the tables having RESERVED signs, there was only one table actually in use, with a nuclear family being licked by the pub dog while they perused the menu. The dog was called Maisy,you’ll be pleased to know.

The pleasant landlord recommended the Windrush, so I had that, seated at the bar, enjoying the sound of “Staying Alive” competing against the BBC News (score draw).

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Jam jars, reserved signs, a dog called Maisy; you guess what I thought of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34 thoughts on “FUSS ON THE FOSSE WAY

      1. No other ale drinkers so I must have followed the “what’s most popular ?” approach. I’d never normally go for a micro. The sparkler you get found here doesn’t suit the beer. Those Prescott beers taste very dull.

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  1. I’ve said it before… GBG selection should automatically exclude these places but you’d think the lack of beer quality should do that anyway.

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    1. Many branches seem to simply look at the selection of beers or the bar without paying much regard to quality apart from,maybe, having a couple of halves in there over the year and finding it not too bad.

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      1. Exactly. Many members only visit rural pubs on once-a-year coach trips on a Friday night when a half of cask will be not bad and then a pub serving local micro is going to be regarded higher than one selling Greene King and Abbot,

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    2. Restaurants are often slightly better on beer quality than you’d think, despite low turnover. I quite like the variety of outlets and being able to moan on this blog. If every pub in the Guide was as good as the Tynemouth Lodge I’d struggle !

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  2. But wasn’t “EVERY table with a RESERVED sign on it” despite there not being a customer in sight because the landlord knew young were on your way and wanted you to take photographs of the exterior, not interior, of the pub ?
    And surely “The pleasant landlord recommended the Windrush” because he thought you should go forth overseas !

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      1. Reserved signs are a terrible thing but some pubs at least have signs saying “reserved from such and such a time” which means you can sit there until said time approaches. Not ideal but better than nothing.

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      2. What is even worse is if you sit down at a table and are told to move because it’s “for diners only” despite there being no sign.

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      3. I know, or when signs say “Reserved for dining” or “Reserved for 3 or more diners” without any implication they’re reserved for specific pre-booked groups.

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