Archive for March, 2012

British Food – what “foreigners” THINK we eat !!

As its Friday I thought we’d have a little run down of the facts and the fallacies of British Food and what our “guests” from overseas believe that we feed our faces with !

Please see and enjoy the photos below….all of which I have purloined from the NET – so thanks to those who have had their photos involuntarily used here by means of illustration ! This is not an exhaustive list…..but may interest some and stimulate the juices of others….particularly those of us who reside in a remote, nay obscure part of Kentucky……but not the north east state line area though (private joke!)!

Rob Little
Connoisseur of food with a waistline to prove it !
Lets Tour England !

Lets start with a

Lets start with a “Full English Breakfast”

Sometimes augmented by one or two slices of

Sometimes made more “hearty” by augmenting with one or two slices of “Black Pudding”.

For a snack we might have

For a snack we might have “Cheese on Toast” – sometimes known as “Welsh Rarebit”

.....or if we were more hungry

…..or if we were more hungry “Beans on Toast”…..

.....or if we were greedy (which we sometimes are) we might have the

…..or if we were greedy (which we often are) we might have the “Beans and Cheese on Toast”

“Cauliflower Cheese” is a meal in itself or part of the vegetable accompaniments

The Brits are supposed to eat

The Brits are supposed to eat “Bangers and Mash” ad-infinitum – I can’t remember the last time…..

“Bacon + Brie Baguette with Cranberry jelly” – not very British but a favourite of mine!

A traditional

A traditional “Sunday Roast” – very British – this is “Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes, Vegetables and gravy

.....or do the same with Lamb roasted with Rosemary and finished with Mint Sauce - my favourite mmmm

.….or do the same with Shoulder of Lamb roasted with Rosemary and finished with Mint Sauce – my particular favourite mmmm

.....or with Pork - eye LOVE the crackling !

…..or with leg of Pork – eye LOVE the crackling !

“Shepherds Pie” – minced (ground) lamb with veg and mashed potatoe on top. its called “Cottage Pie” when its made with Beef instead of Lamb.

“Steak and Kidney Pie” – you must have heard we British love our offal? Eaten with vegetables.

Mustn't forget our staple diet - good ole

Mustn’t forget our staple diet – good ole “Fish ‘n Chips” eaten on the street out of newspaper – we all do it almost every day!

Another delicious gift to our

Another delicious gift from the Sub-Continent to our “fast food” culture – Curry and Chips (well curry sauce) best eaten in the Cinema – very annoying!

“Cornish Pasty” – traditional lunch for Cornish Tin Miners who held onto the thick crust with their dirty fingers!

The

The “Ploughman’s Lunch” – warning…..if you want to avoid an international incident, do please ask the Ploughman nicely first!!

“Scotch Eggs” – eggs in sausage meat and coated with breadcrumbs – sometimes added to a Ploughmans Lunch

“Toad in the Hole” – link sausages in a batter – everyone thinks we eat them all the time but I certainly don’t !

And so to desserts -

And so to desserts – “Apple Crumble and Custard” (Americans call custard “pudding”).

“Spotted Dick and Custard”…..oh yes yes very funny !

“Christmas Pudding” – a heavy fruit desert laced with alchohol and set fire to with Brandy at Christmas – crazy, wasteful and dangerous!

Mince Pies - also often ate at Christmas

Mince Pies – also often ate at Christmas

“Victoria Sponge” a light cake made with self raising flour with jam and butter icing in the middle mmmmmmm

And finally the legendary English

And finally……….the legendary English “Cream Tea” – consisting of a Scone, Jam and heart arresting (and unfortunately named) Clotted Cream! Yes YES YESSSSS!!

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More rare footage of Gladys the Dog – out on a 5 mile walk from Bibury to Coln St Aldwyns and back !


More rare footage of Gladys the Dog – out on a 5 mile walk from Bibury to Coln St Aldwyns and back !

Check out my YouTube Channel for other videos – http://www.youtube.com/user/RobLittleuk?ob=0&feature=results_main

Rob Little
Gladys’s ummmmm…..
Lets Tour England !

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A Cotswold Walk between Bibury & Coln St Aldwyns – 10 minutes !


A Cotswold Walk between Bibury & Coln St Aldwyns – 10 minutes !

Absolutely wonderful in the gorgeous March sunshine…..

Rob Little
Cotswold Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !

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Doing what our government tells us and topping up the fuel tank whenever possible…..

Doing what our government tells us and topping up the fuel tank whenever possible…..thus contributing the the fuel shortage panic buying…..what a cock-up!

Rob Little
Driver / Guide
Let’s Tour England

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A Cotswold Walk ! 5 miles all the way around…..just the river walk is just over 2 miles and 75 mins

A Cotswold Walk ! 5 miles all the way around…..just the river walk is just over 2 miles and 75 mins. I did this walk this afternoon in the beautiful March 70F sun…..absolutely gorgeous. Watch the video to get more of an idea of what to expect but you are totally off the beaten track through farmland, forest, water meadow and river bank – pure bliss!

Rob Little
Driver / Guide
Let’s Tour England

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Bourton-on-the Water or is it “Boredom-on-the-Water” – not quite what Rick Steves promised??


Bourton-on-the Water or is it “Boredom-on-the-Water” – not quite what Rick Steves promised??

When people who have not visited the Cotswolds enquire about visiting here, they have often researched the guide books and come up with names like:
Stow-on-the-Wold
Moreton-in-Marsh
Broadway and…..
…..Bourton-on-the-Water or “Boredom-on-the-Water” as I have taken to calling it!

Then there is Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle – also “must see’s” according to the North American tourist guide books.

Well it depends why you are wanting to visit – if its just a “bucket list” that has to be checked off then go where you please but if you really want to see and experience the delights of the true English countryside…..away from London, you need to listen to the locals and, quite by coincidence, I am a driver guide who lives in the heart of the Cotswolds!!

So as far as the list above is concerned it is WRONG…..or mostly wrong. It has been made up by people who do not know the area like I do – for instance…..

Ok Moreton-in-Marsh has a railway station and that is handy but what was once a quaint town is now dissected by a busy road – when I collect people from the railway station, their first comment is usually “…..lets get outta here“!

Stow-on-the Wold has some nice shops particularly Antiques but the place is jam packed with tour buses – its a nightmare particularly in peak season

Broadway is pretty dull, I think, again built on a busy road and unless you like going into lots of stores selling lavender smelly stuff and post cards, there is so much better to see

And Bourton-on-the-Water – well “nuff said” – its a tourist mecca for Japanese Tour Buses and for the great unwashed from the city of Birmingham who cram into the place and lie around half naked on the grass eating fast food….yuk !

And finally Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle…..well I did a recent blog on both of these but essentially Stratford is a “must see” for true Shakespeare enthusiasts who are prepared to stand in line and be jostled all day in order to see the birthplace of the Bard, his place of death and grave and the ubiquitous Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – which actually is quite quaint when not populated by our Japanese friends. But Warwick Castle is a theme park primarily for kids and if you do go in, you stay there for the day NOT for an hour!

Rick Steves says that the Northern Cotswolds are the best…..WRONG !

So what are the top ten destinations I would recommend that Customers should visit to get a true sense of the English Countryside and of life in the Cotswolds? Not in any particular order:

Stroud Market (on a Saturday morning)
Castle Combe – beautiful village where many movies have been made including the recent “War Horse”
Tetbury - for Antiques and its royal connections with Prince Charles (The Highgrove Store)
Malmesbury - with its 1000 year old Abbey and the Abbey House Gardens
Cirencester - an important Roman Town and “Capital of the Cotswolds”
Country Walk from Bibury to Coln St Aldwyns – exquisite !!
Villages of Yanworth, Salperton, Northleach, Hampnett, Tuckdean and Notgrove
Upper and Lower Slaughterthe place to have your photo taken !
Naunton
Guiting Power

Stanway and Stanton

…..these places are absolutely beautiful….if you are travelling alone, look them up but better still let me take you !! Take a look at the photos, below, and let me know what you think !

Rob Little
Passionate Cotswold Guide and Driver
Lets Tour England

Bibury

Bibury

Castle Combe

Castle Combe

Cirencester

Cirencester

Yanworth - Horse Country!

Yanworth – Horse Country!

Guiting Power

Guiting Power

Lower Slaughter

Lower Slaughter

Upper Slaughter

Upper Slaughter

Malmesbury Abbey

Malmesbury Abbey

Turkdean

Malmesbury

Malmesbury

Stroud Farmers Market

Stroud Farmers Market

Tetbury

Tetbury

Turkdean

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Another glimpse of the Cotswolds…..today 27th March 2012 – Salperton, Naunton, Guiting Power, Eastleach, Bibury…..


This video lasts 7 minutes !

Another glimpse of the Cotswolds…..today 27th March 2012 – Salperton, Naunton, Guiting Power, Eastleach, Bibury…..

Its hard for someone who is very much an amateur at film making, to capture the beauty of the Cotswolds…..but I’m doing my best and if I didn’t love it myself I wouldn’t do it !

Rob Little
Driver / Cotswold Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !

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The daffodils are out in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, its 72F and we’re still in March…..extraordinary !

The daffodils are out, its 71F and we’re still in March…..extraordinary !

Rob Little
Driver / Guide
Let’s Tour England

Daffodils at Eastleach, Gloucestershire

Daffodils at Eastleach, Gloucestershire

Daffodils at Eastleach, Gloucestershire

Daffodils at Eastleach, Gloucestershire

The Victoria Inn at Eastleach

The Victoria Inn at Eastleach

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The SOUND and Sight of The Cotswolds this morning……


The SOUND and Sight of The Cotswolds this morning……

…..and I am focusing particularly on the SOUND so I’m sorry the video is jumpy – next time I will take a movie camera. But it was SUCH a gorgeous morning – I also took the photos, below.

Out at 7:30am…..back home by 11:15am !

Rob Little
Cotswold Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !

Rendcomb, Gloucestershire

Rendcomb, Gloucestershire

The River Churn at Rendcomb

The River Churn at Rendcomb

Canada Geese at Rendcomb, just after Dawn

Canada Geese at Rendcomb, just after Dawn

The River Churn at Colesbourne

The River Churn at Colesbourne

Gargoyle at Winchcombe Church, Gloucestershire

Gargoyle at Winchcombe Church, Gloucestershire

Gargoyle at Winchcombe Church, Gloucestershire

Gargoyle at Winchcombe Church, Gloucestershire

Gargoyle at Winchcombe Church, Gloucestershire

Gargoyle at Winchcombe Church, Gloucestershire

Stanton Village

Stanton Village

Stanton Village

Stanton Village

Stanton Village

Stanton Village

Stanton

Stanton

Cottage Door at Stanton

Cottage Door at Stanton

Chimney on cottage at Stanton

Chimney on cottage at Stanton

Sundial in Stanton

Sundial in Stanton

Stanton Church

Stanton Church

Looking north in Saintbury

Looking north in Saintbury

Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire

Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire

Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire

Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire

Near Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

Near Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

Near Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

Near Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

A luck shot of a Pheasant near Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

A luck shot of a Pheasant near Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

View of the Church at Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

View of the Church at Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

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I could take you on a Cotswold Day Tour and not travel more than 5 miles from my house!

I could take you on a Cotswold Day Tour and not travel more than 5 miles from my house!

These are particular favourites of mine.

Rob Little
Driver / Guide
Let’s Tour England

Local road sign between Shipton Moyne and Easton Grey

Local road sign between Shipton Moyne and Easton Grey

Tetbury

Tetbury

The Old Railway Line near Tetbury

The Old Railway Line near Tetbury

Easton Grey

Easton Grey

Easton Grey

Easton Grey

The River Avon at Malmesbury

The River Avon at Malmesbury

Malmesbury

Malmesbury

Daniel's Well in Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Daniel’s Well in Malmesbury, Wiltshire

The River Avon in Malmesbury

The River Avon in Malmesbury

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