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View From Your Table

Penruddock, Cumbria, England
Penruddock, Cumbria, England

You will be happy to learn that our old Boston friend James, who sent us so many wonderful VFYTs from New England, has settled down in old England. This is from him. He writes:

Staying at an old inn around the Lake District National Park and went downstairs to the pub for some needed post-hike comfort food. Steak and ale pie with a pint of Jennings Cumberland ale. In my ravenous state, it could have been frozen from Sainsburys and I would have been satisfied, but fortunately it was great.

If this were America, I would have brought my plate and pint over to the (recently vacated) table next to the roaring fireplace and gotten a better shot—not to mention used my flash and taken photos from multiple angles in full view of everyone else. Alas I haven’t mustered the courage to go full ugly-American in England yet! Old pubs are rarely well-lit, and that presents a VFMT challenge. Yesterday I was in a pub in Scotland that displayed a big sign: “NO HORSE IN OUR HAGGIS”. I was offally tempted to try it 😉

The stone wall above looks like it’s made of gyro meat.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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