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The Welsh Harp [Jun. 21st, 2016|10:21 am]
Tony Grist
The Welsh Harp is a nice old pub in the centre of the town of Waltham Abbey. It looks out onto the square and backs onto the churchyard- and a little passageway runs under it from one to the other. Its odd name (because what's a Welsh harp doing in Essex?) is a Victorian confection. It used to be known as The Harp- pure and simple- and the adjective seems to have been added in the 1860s to mark the coming of age of The Prince of Wales- later Edward VII.

We chose to have lunch there on the day the deep fat frier broke down- so no chips. A lady at the table next to us threw a strop about this- and threatened to walk out with all her party- but we were sweetly understanding and the harrassed landlord rewarded us with free drinks and a reduction in the price of the meal. So, hooray for The Welsh Harp!

And even without chips it was a very good lunch- cooked to order, which is very far from being the norm...

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From: cmcmck
2016-06-21 10:07 am (UTC)
early 17th century at a guess.

Do people really throw a wobbler over a lack of chips?

Pathetic!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-06-21 10:31 am (UTC)
I'd guess earlier than that, but I don't know for sure.

The service was slow- but the landlord did warn them- because everything was being cooked to order (he warned us too)- and then the frier broke down and complicated things, but what the hell, it was a nice place to sit and the beer was good.
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From: cmcmck
2016-06-21 04:13 pm (UTC)
Exactly!
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2016-06-21 11:08 am (UTC)
It looks really characterful. If you aren't going anywhere in particular, it's no hardship to wait a while for a meal.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-06-21 12:27 pm (UTC)
No-one seems to know quite how old it is, but I suspect it's been there in some form since the middle ages...

Yes, we weren't in a hurry. And why spread negativity when there's no need for it?
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2016-06-21 03:40 pm (UTC)
Agreed. My goodness, to throw a fit over a few chips - I've never understood it. It's not as though they were the only thing on the menu.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-06-21 04:30 pm (UTC)
To be fair the menu featured chips with just about everything.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2016-06-21 07:16 pm (UTC)
*laugh*

Sure, but the rest of the food was still there!

(Why am I hearing the old Monty Python spam skit in my head now, only with "chips" in place of "spam")
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From: cmcmck
2016-06-21 08:16 pm (UTC)
D'y'get wafers with it? :o)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-06-22 08:43 am (UTC)
Ailz had the same reaction.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2016-06-21 12:42 pm (UTC)
Amazing disregard for horizontals and verticals there...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-06-21 04:28 pm (UTC)
I found a picture of it as it was in the 1890s and the subsidence seems to have happened since then.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-06-25 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, interesting! I'd have otherwise assumed it was a much more gradual process. Reminded me somewhat of the George Inn a few miles SE of Bath, which has left its stonework uncovered, so all the glorious wonkiness is there to play havoc with anyone expecting right angles. ^_^
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From: athenais
2016-06-21 02:34 pm (UTC)
It must seem like walking the decks of a boat, it goes up and down so much! I'm glad the lunch was good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-06-21 04:29 pm (UTC)
I love saggy old buildings.
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