We have joined a walking group, more of that later, but at the end of the walk everyone goes to a nearby pub/café/tearoom for lunch,which seems a most civilised idea, and a way to get to know the other walkers better.
Today the walk was in the nearby town of Clevedon and walking by boats and water, and following Poets’ Walk. which runs along by the coast, round Wain’s Hill and Church Hill, and is said to have inspired the poets Alfred Tennyson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Makepeace Thackeray. We ended up by the Marine Lake, and from there we strolled along the prom to a pub called The Little Harp.
We’ve passed it plenty of times but never been in; it was very welcoming, and is now a restaurant as well so lunch awaited.The Little Harp Inn is owned by the brewers Greene King – an east Anglian brewery so all was well. There was a lunch menu with plenty of choice and I had cauliflower cheese tart… which I have to say was jolly delicious! I wish my family liked cauliflower because I would definitely be cooking this at home! I’m not usually a chip person, but they came with the tart and were crisp and tasty. Other people had steak and kidney pudding, fish and chips with mushy peas/garden peas/baked beans, hunters chicken, and a beef and Ruddles Ale pie, Everyone said their meal was good and empty plates went back to the kitchen. Yes I know it was essentially pub grub but it was jolly good and just what was in order after winter walk.
I wondered about the name of the pub, and i thought maybe it had once been an ‘Irish’ pub, but it seems the old building used to be the gatekeeper’s house to St. Brandon’s Estate, and as it’s on Little Harp Bay which is between Salthouse Fields and the main beach, the naming becomes obvious!
I’m sure that won’t be our only visit to the Little Harp.
We met the fine gentleman in his smart red waistcoat shown in my featured image, on the walk.