Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Alrewas - a beautiful village

We've had a nice lazy day today. After doing the 'boatwork' and a few bits of maintenance we walked round the village taking photographs for you and then headed to the George & Dragon for lunch and an afternoon playing darts.
We haven't been to Alrewas for 5 years and were worried that the George would have changed hands. Luckily Ruth & Graham are still in charge and apart from an internal facelift nothing's changed. They do a credit crunch lunch, main & pud for £5 or a larger man-size version for £10. The home-made faggots,chips & mushy peas are still delicious, just as we remembered them. Even though it's Tuesday, the pub dining room was packed and it's easy to see why they were the National winners of the Community Pub of the Year award last year.

Landlord Graham is ex-army and the pub holds lots of fund-raising events for the 'Help the Heroes' charity. There's a large painting in the games room which was done to raise money and has the names of everyone who took part in a recent 'walk for heroes' event on the bottle labels. The photo doesn't do it justice.

carved seat by Bagnall Lock

probably the best butchers around

Alrewas is a very picturesque village and has many thatched cottages.

A couple of the houses had stalls outside selling home-made preserves or cards, with payment being left in honesty boxes. I bought a jar of rhubarb & ginger jam, delicious.

a restoration project

a grey parrot aboard one of the permanently moored boats.

2 pigs snoozing in the back garden of one of the thatched cottages

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