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On one of my visits to the UK  I stayed at the Farmhouse Inn Lodge which is attached to the Hungry Horse restaurant, so when my wife and I made our winter visit I booked us into the inn in the knowledge that we would be well looked after.

The Inn is situated in Burford Road just off the Eastern Road and next to Portsmouth public golf course. Was she impressed or what, I had a job to get her out of there.  The rooms are comfortable and warm with tv and free wi-fi facilities. The bathroom is well fitted out and the shower is strong and revitalising. My wife’s favourite part was being able to watch tv in bed and not have to worry about falling a sleep – usually when football is on – there, if she fell asleep, all I had to do was press a button to turn the tv off no waking up to go to bed, surprising how little things can please….

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But joking apart, we have stayed in a few hotels and this really is a comfortable place, the staff are friendly, helpful and funny, no sour faces here.  The Inn is always busy with functions such as business meetings, wedding receptions and parties. The rooms for the wedding receptions are decked out romantically and whilst we were there an RN Engineering Officer and RN Doctor were holding their reception there.  The party rooms are large and nicely decorated, there is also a ‘Pony Club’ room kitted out for the children to keep them amused.

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When we wanted something to eat we just wandered along the corridor to the Hungry Horse, where we could either eat in the dining area or the sports bar (this bar usually won). The menu is varied and value for money, especially the ‘large meals’ which having tried, and found them to be more than we could manage phew were they large, we decided to stay with the normal size meals. There are also special deals on certain days and their curry nights are something to drool over.

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The Sunday lunch is a must the carvery is superb, but make sure you arrive early this is a much sought after meal and you could find yourself having to wait mind you there is always the sports bar.

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This is a lively bar with televisions showing sport in the evenings but it is also home to Carioca nights and quizzes, so there is always something happening. They also sell a splendid range of wines including some Spanish – this pleased my wife – plus a large range of beers, ciders and the much sought after Guinness.

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At the time of our visit the Hungry Horse was due for refurbishment so on the Sunday evening the staff closed the doors and began clearing things ready for the builders and decorators. I wandered down to take a few photographs a sort of before and after thing, so take a good look at these guys, they are the people who look after you and make your time there so relaxed and fun. They are as fond of their restaurant and customers as they are of each other, this is not a job this is a way of life and as you can see they really enjoy it.  So next time you are in Historic Portsmouth be sure to stop here you will be well looked after.

Thanks to all of you see you soon really looking forward to seeing the new look.

© Michael Douglas Bosc

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This is the river bar, only open in the evenings, It overlooks the river near the bridge which people have named the McDonald’s bridge because it looks like the symbol, only it has been here for over 80 odd years. The river bar is bright and relaxing, we sometimes go there after I have finished playing petanca as it’s near the courts.

Looking at these pics it does not seem possible that all is not calm, however it has been one of those weeks again. It all started when I woke on Saturday morning with a bad back. All the good work the chiropractor has done somehow got undone over night.  I have been a good boy, not lifted anything, just played petanca and taken my wife shopping.  I do enjoy our Wednesday trips to the market, then coffee after really nice.

After that we went to the Club Nautique bar for a drink as it was a hot day.  We sometimes stop here after petanca and watch the young rowers practice for the Muleta races. Normally they would have taken place a week ago but the new mayor of Mora D’Ebro cancelled the Mora Morisco, so no races or fiesta.  Anyway here are the boys and girls practicing.

As you can see from these pictures the boats are large and can be heavy to move but the smiling faces of the girls says how much fun they actually have.

So after a drink and game of draughts we went home. The rest of the week passed without any problems, but when I woke on Saturday my back was very painful, I really don’t know what I had done to it, but I watched  the F1 qualifier not too bad, bit disappointed in Maclaren though.

However, Sunday was another matter.   I think I mentioned that my wife won a Hammon, (this is dried ham) so just before F1 started I decided to cut some slices to munch while it was on.   Now the knives that are needed to cut these hams are razor sharp, the outside of the dried ham is rock hard, says it all really.  So suddenly, there I was arm in air, wife doing her oh my god he’s hurt routine. When I had finally convinced her that it looked worse than it was, (the blood on the kitchen floor and over the sink didn’t help) out came the nurses hat and the iodine… Oh how I hate that stuff it really really stings… That was bad enough but it was the alcohol she used to clean the wound that made me shout, well living in the country side you have to take proper precautions when silly old fools do this sort of thing.

So I have spent the week with a plaster on my finger, it came off today there will be a scar crescent shaped but hey battle scars are ok.

Anyway she rang the chiropractor and made an appointment, on Monday it was back to see the chiropractor and now it’s no petanca, again. There is a competition coming up next weekend  expect my wife will have to take my place in the team, they will win, hey ho….  But before that we went shopping into Carrefore, then to Lee Roy Merlin’s (that’s a bit like B&Q)  so what did I buy?  A nice chainsaw to help me cut the olive wood, strange really, my wife won’t let me use it, something about silly old fools and tools…..

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