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We Need Your Vote!

We need your vote - we have been runner up for past three years for the Best Sunday Lunch - and we are hoping with your help - we might win it this year. You know it's the best - so please click on the image above or here - to cast your vote. Thank you, Annie.

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Vote For Us! Best Sunday Lunch

We've been a runner up for the North two years running and want to go one better - we need your help! Vote for us here for the Best Sunday Lunch. Let us know you have done it - pop in for your Sunday lunch - and have a drink on us.

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The Euro's Are Coming...

We are going to have two TV's set up in the bar and the snug - so we can all enjoy the football over the next few weeks.

We are keeping out of the dining area - so everyone can enjoy the food in that half without John Motson in their ears!

We will look to show all the home nations and the Republic of Ireland games - and then will make a selection as the tournament progresses.

It's going to be fun.

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Vote For Us!

Just click on the image above - which will take you through to the voting site - it will take 5 minutes to register and vote. And of course - a big thank you from Annie, Kirsty, Adam and the team. xxx

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What a glorious day for some winter gardening

I didn't feel like getting up and cleaning the pub today, but once that chore was over and I got outside my heart and mood immediately lifted. Sunshine. Flowers. The combination is such a winner.

Outside the front door of the pub I've aimed to have welcoming colour all year round and I plan my pots and their rotation with as much precision as the unpredictable weather allows.

The cyclamen have given colour through winter with the hellebores coming to flower in January. Foliage is the back up for colour when I can't rely on flowers to provide it.

And now we have the early crocus colour and the promise of the scented hyacinths. I'm starting to get excited about Spring! 

I have tulips, daffodils and fritillaries waiting in the wings, and they'll be followed by lupins and cammassia, and so on… 

Snowdrops are, of course, the most romantic and gentle of February flowers and who doesn't love to see them poke their way out into the cold? They cheer me up no end. We have them dotted all over the place here: front, back, planted, naturalised. 

I try and provide potted and cut flowers inside too and for the past week we've had narcissus daffodils on the dining tables. The warmth of inside always means they go a bit leggy so today I've harvested the remaining good flowers for vases and will leave the leaves to die back and feed the bulbs, ready for next year. 

Other jobs for today, while it’s warm enough: mulch the front borders to keep the weeds down (I'll be using a mix of bought and home made compost), turn the heaps, harvest some spinach that's successfully over wintered (for the new Black Bream dish) and check the worms are happy. 

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