Grafton Arms in London

This is the last post from our trip to Europe- hopefully one day we’ll get to go back so I can visit more places…three days in London wasn’t nearly long enough. Our first day there we went on a guided tour of the city and saw the majority of all the landmarks you should see…so the last two days we spent a lot of time just wandering around. It was on one of those walks when we were looking for food that we stumbled across a place called Grafton Arms, a pub we hadn’t seen before, so we gave it a try.

It was bigger than most of the pubs we’d visited- although still small compared to what we are used to here at home. We ordered food and beers from the bar and then went to sit at one of the tables. The beer we got was called London Glory- described on their website as ” a rich and fruity brew that combines crystal malt with challenger
and goldings hops.” I thought it was decent; I do prefer darker beers which I didn’t see on tap there, but this one was just fine to have with dinner.

While waiting on our food, I noticed that all of the artwork on the walls were cartoon drawings of something called The Goon Show, which sounded vaguely familiar to me but I couldn’t figure out why. After a quick search of the pub & The Goon Show on my phone, I realized I had stumbled onto a pretty cool place, being the radio geek that I am. This particular pub, according to their website, has an upstairs room which was used by Spike Milligan and other members of the Goons and was where some of the first scripts for the Goon Show were written. (The Goon Show was a British radio comedy program in the 50’s that starred, among others, Milligan and Peter Sellers). So for me, that was just another reason to love this place- plus the artwork was pretty cool and made for a fun atmosphere.

So the food- this was honestly the best food I had while in London. Eric got fish and chips, which we’d had a couple of days before at an outdoor market. And while that was good, the fish and chips here at Grafton Arms was a lot better. (Obviously I took a bite). I ordered the chicken and mushroom pie with mashed potatoes. First of all, if I could eat this kind of food daily, I would. This meal is exactly what I think of when I think of pub food, and it didn’t disappoint. I would highly recommend this place, and I hope one day I get a chance to go back!

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London- The Red Lion Westminster

In my last post I promised some photos of my two favorite pubs we visited while in London. We went to many, but two really stood out for me based on their atmosphere and of course the beer and the food.

The first place is The Red Lion in Westminster. It was, like most places we went to, in walking distance from our hotel which was a bonus. This pub is right by Big Ben, so it’s in a busy area and it always seems to be full. We visited it twice- the first time we couldn’t get a seat inside so we sat outside on the benches up against the side of the building.

The second time we snagged a table inside, so we were able to grab some food as well. I didn’t get any pictures of the food…it was after a long walk and I didn’t think about taking photos until I was halfway finished eating- when I’m hungry I don’t have the greatest concentration, sorry! Our food was fantastic though, we decided to order food that’s probably considered a little less traditionally English; Eric got a jerk-spiced chicken sandwich and I had the Chickpea Falafel Flatbread. I love falafel and I love a good flatbread, so I was happy.

The other nice thing about The Red Lion is they serve Fuller’s beer, which is Eric’s favorite. He was so happy to be able to actually have a Fuller’s London Pride on tap while IN London. As for me, I tend to like darker beers (yes even in the summer) so I went with the Fuller’s London Porter, and it’s quite possibly MY favorite new beer. I’m usually a fan of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, which is also an English beer, but the Fuller’s London Porter was quite an experience. Or maybe it didn’t hurt that we were drinking it in a really cute pub while looking at Big Ben and Parliament. Needless to say, we enjoyed the Red Lion very much, I believe it’s the only place we visited more than once, and if we get to go to London again I’d definitely go back. Next time, I’ll tell you all about the pub where I found my favorite thing I ate while in London!

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London In Pictures

I’ve told you all about our trip to Prague this past summer…after we left Prague we went to London for three days. Once we actually got there it was great- there was a connecting flight from Prague to Rome that we barely made, and our luggage did NOT make it, so that made the first day and a half of our stay in London a little stressful- but finally we got our bags and all was good.

London is a place I’ve always wanted to go since I can remember. I think part of it is because nearly all of the music I love comes from there- Bowie, the Beatles, the Stones, for example, so I’ve always gravitated towards English things. My mom was a big fan of Princess Diana, and even though I was really little I do remember watching her wedding on tv, so getting to see Buckingham Palace in person was pretty awesome.

When we got home so many people asked me what my favorite part of London was… but I can’t think of just ONE thing. I think my favorite part was just being there. I want to go back again for sure!! We did stop by a few pubs that I really loved, and I’ll share those experiences separately because I just have SO many pictures from the trip! The photos below are some of my favorites- you can always follow me on Instagram at KarenOnTheAir for more!

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