2005-11-22 22:10:44 UTC
more info, so I will start anew.
The sandwich my wife had for 6 pounds sterling was not at Browns in the
West India Quay area as I thought, but rather at a bar near the 'Eye'.
Randee said it was a rather upscale bar and she figured the prices might
be a bit high, but they were hungry and spotted that bar before a pub.
The sandwich was a plain cheese and tomato sandwich with no side
Without thinking she did order a lager to go with it. It was chilly
outside and she had actually wanted a 'warm' beer, but I think the term
'lager' appealed to her more than 'bitter'. She had just arrived and so
was still suffering jet lag (it is a 17 hour trip from here to Gatwick)
and not thinking too straight. As an aside, ales are served at the same
temperature as lagers here in the US, even at microbreweries.
Randee also tells me that the lunch menus at the places like Brown's
where she ate in the West India Quay area were all priced in the 4-5 UKP
region. Same for the small individual pizzas. She said the pizza's,
although good, were perhaps not that much better than what you get in
the US, and the price would have been reasonable if it were in USD.
From what I gather, the Canary Wharf area where she was staying is
perhaps somewhat high priced. SHe did not choose the area - not sure
who did, probably her niece who works for Marriott.
Curiously enough, we have friends who have visited England for weeks at
a time for many years (they are great Shakespeare fans and attend many
plays), and yet they had no clue about the Canary Wharf area. They said
they never had any occasion to go there. Must be that area caters more
to the business trade, rather than to the tourist trade.
For some reason the rest of her family did not seem to be too interested
in visiting pubs, although Randee said there was one about a mile from
their B&B in Hartpury that she would have liked to have tried. FWIW
HArtpury College used Gloucester Cathedral for the graduation ceremony.
The Lord Raglan, a pub near the London Museum was recommended, but that
was closed it seems (apparently they are closed on weekends).