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Toddington [Aug. 25th, 2015|10:13 am]
Tony Grist
"Where do you want to stop for lunch?" asked Ailz. We were driving up the M1 at the time.

"How about here." I said.

Here was Toddington in South Bedfordshire- not the services- but the village nearby. I mean, why stop at the services when there are proper villages with proper shops and pubs and interesting things to see?

Toddington has a large village green with pubs all the way round. According to wikipedia it used to have more pubs per head of the population than any other village in England. Then some of them closed. Then a new one opened this year because what Toddington really needs is more pubs.

We went into the new pub because it was nearest to where we'd parked the car. It's called The Cuckoo and it has real ale and cider and a Victorian cuckoo in a glass case. If we're ever in Toddington again I'll go back there. I had a half of St Albans ale because I always like to drink as local as I can.

I'm on a mission to photograph the whole of Britain (not doing too badly actually) so of course I took pictures of Toddington. Pity the light wasn't better. The church doesn't make it into Simon Jenkins' book of the 1000 best but it has a medieval priest's house attached which is the only one of its kind in the country.






This is the priest's house. Cosy, eh?
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From: artkouros
2015-08-25 12:56 pm (UTC)
Lovely old stone. But, the M1? I thought that was a size of screw. This metric thing is incredibly confusing.

We have a thing that claims to be an English pub called the Cock and Bull. But seeing as it's in a modern strip shopping mall I don't think it counts. And it's more restaurant than pub. We do have a nice wine bar though.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-08-25 04:49 pm (UTC)
M stands for motorway- which is the equivalent (I think) or your interstate. The M1 was (unsurprisingly) Britain's very first motorway.

If there's a bar and they sell beer over it then it passes muster as a pub. Pubs are often ancient and picturesque but they don't have to be.
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