Pubs, Pool and Pub Lunches

In UK there are a few things in every area, every few streets there is:

1) A Pub

2) A Fish and Chip Shop

3) A Convience Store

In most areas, the older ones there’s usually a flower shop, a grocers and a butcher too (an often a hairdresser).

So the next day we headed to Birmingham to meet my aunt for lunch, hit a classic brit pub called The Black Horse.

Normal city pub, most have the same menu and they don’t really have any proper country food, but a few things on the menu are usually decent.

Of course they have the number 1 dish in the UK on the menu (it’s on EVERY menu) and no it’s not fish and chips…

It’s….CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA!

The menu is pretty normal for a pub menu..

I went for the classic and hearty steak and ale pie.

Served with ample chips, peas and carrots smothered in gravy.

Followed by a large coffee and a hot chocolate fudge cake with real vanilla ice cream!

We went to my other aunts for dinner after that, so unfortunately no pictures..

But we had pasta anyway, so nothing typically british to take pictures of!

Managed a nice picture of their garden though before batteries totally died..

Got home and headed out with me homes for a game of pool…the typical British past time.

Pretty normal pastime for many people here, couple of pints, packet of crisps or a basket of chips and a few games of pool.

My buddy kicking my ass….I haven’t played for a long time.

We used to be pretty even…I did catch up in the end though, lost 7-5 I think..

And yeah we have proper pool tables, not those poncy american things 😛

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12 Responses to Pubs, Pool and Pub Lunches

  1. Mooiness July 30, 2005 at 11:17 pm #

    Wah am loving all these pics of food! Mouth-watering everytime. 🙂

  2. Life Feel July 31, 2005 at 12:16 am #

    wah… sedap. the steak looks like the ones selling in Chinese hawker restaurant in Malaysia

    – Life Feel

  3. Makan Kings July 31, 2005 at 6:50 am #

    Seems like the English like their Indian food! But we’re quite sure chicken tikka masala isnt on EVERY menu.

    Your pie looks really good!! Then we see the hot chocolate fudge cake!!! *salivating*

    Cheers,
    -Makan kings-

  4. soohk July 31, 2005 at 9:07 am #

    Wow a lot of food pictures…

  5. earl-ku July 31, 2005 at 1:40 pm #

    i think the pie should be great, but the boiled carrots and peas …

  6. FireAngel July 31, 2005 at 7:55 pm #

    … so what’s a fake vanilla ice-ream?

  7. NekoSavant July 31, 2005 at 8:25 pm #

    Wow.. way too much delicious looking food o_O

    *skives off work to go have breakfast*

  8. ShaolinTiger July 31, 2005 at 10:29 pm #

    Ice cream made with vanilla essence, not actual vanilla.

  9. ShaolinTiger July 31, 2005 at 10:31 pm #

    Well it’s on every pub menu pretty much, and a lot of others..

    And the fudge cake was definately as good as it looks.

  10. aw3 July 31, 2005 at 11:00 pm #

    lovely LOVELY food.. looks so rich and HEARTY. Maggi goreng has its merits, but once in a while a slab of meat brings out the primitive in all of us, so, nice pics!

    BTW, wot’s the difference between “poncy” Yank pool tables and British tables?

  11. NekoSavant July 31, 2005 at 11:21 pm #

    I think… American pool balls are numbered, the Brits like it simple, red & yellow balls and 1 black ball.

  12. ShaolinTiger August 1, 2005 at 8:59 am #

    Yeah, proper food 😀

    Poncy yank tables are bigger, with bigger pockets, bigger balls and massive cue tips, hence less control.. It’s a different game.

    Our tables are slightly smaller, with much smaller pockets and red and yellow balls.

    Yanks often play 9 ball, where as we play 8 ball only.