Since she has a car she was able to drive to meet us at our housesit. She is housesitting only about 15 minutes away! We invited her in for a cup of tea (I felt very British offering that). We sat in the living room (or what our hosts refer to as the lounge) for several hours chatting away. We shared a lot about our story of why/how we ended up traveling via housesitting and she did the same. The time flew as we enjoyed getting to know one another.
When we realized we were all hungry we decided to go out to lunch at a local pub! Margi had eaten at The Woodman recently with another friend and was eager to try it again, which we knew had to be a good sign! This restaurant is down by the coast line, a place we could walk if we needed to, but we were glad to hop into Margi's car and zip down there together. The outside is a clean white building, with some charming topiaries by the door.
Inside there were wooden beams everywhere and it was handsomely decorated. We sat in a room that has windows all around, giving us a lovely view of the outside.
The window sill by our table was filled with an interesting collection of items - a brass mug, an old alarm clock, and an assortment of candle holders.
The menu had so many great options we were overwhelmed and couldn't decide what to order. I was leaning towards one of the pies; I love a savory pie and they had three delicious sounding options. Since I couldn't make a final decision we fell back on one of our favorite travel tips - ask the waitress what to get! Without any prompting on my part she suggested we order the Slow Cooked Game Pie. And just like that our choice was made! Here's the description from the menu - slow cooked British venison, pheasant, and partridge in a rich thyme & rosemary gravy with sweet potato and carrots, topped with puff pastry lid.
It was just as good as the description and photo are (hopefully) making you think. The only thing I'd say as a critique is that the three different kinds of meat were pretty much indistinguishable from each other (for me at least). You could have told me it was all one or even all beef and I would have believed you. Regardless, it was delicious and I would order it again in a heartbeat.
We had the waitress grab a picture of us with Margi so we could commemorate our new friendship! The service was really fantastic - fast, friendly, and even willing to chat with us about local attractions in the area (Joel had questions about the movie theater). The prices were a bit high for our budget, so keep that in mind if you plan to go. (If you want a more affordable option, The White Rose is for you!)
We got a quick picture of Joel and I outside as well. It was a bit of a gloomy day, but spending time with a new friend was the perfect way to brighten it up!