Just over a week ago Mum, Dad, Mark and I went out to the Hadley Bowling Green Inn for a meal to celebrate their 49th Wedding Anniversary. It was a lovely evening. The food was a little bit different, showed some originality on the part of the chef and it wasn't too pricey. When Mark and I first moved to the area, it was a fantastic place to eat and it was a treat to walk over there to sit next to the log fire with sandwiches and a bottle of wine. Unfortunately the quaint atmosphere of the place was ruined by a really unsympathetic modernisation of the bars about 12 years ago.
We stopped calling in because it didn't feel so 'special' anymore. We heard through local gossip that it wasn't doing well as a business and it was eventually closed and boarded up. Recently new people have re-started the business and they seem to pitched things right. There's a lot of really good 'eating pubs' in our area so they had to create a menu that was going to attract people to a pub in the middle of nowhere.
Luckily for us, it's also conveniantly placed about halfway round a six mile walk. Perfect for a lunch stop when the sun is shining! Here's the walk that we did today...
We crossed the Droitwich canal at a little hamlet called Ladywood.
We then dropped down into the shallow Salwarpe valley..
Even the little river Salwarpe showed signs of flooding from earlier in the week..
Here's the front of the pub.
It's a delightfully quaint old building and it's lovely to see windows again rather than boards.
Here's the bowling green that gives the pub it's name.
And here's the fireplace in the bar...!
We had sandwiches and chips (very nice) but my days of drinking a bottle of wine at lunchtime are well and truely over!!!
Thank you to everyone who left comments on my last post. It really helped me to read your experiences too. Also a huge welcome to my new follower - Marina.