It is quite an impressive building set in large grounds, in the front are two enourmous guns trained on the front door. The central atrium when you walk in side is also quite impressive with tanks on the floor and planes suspended from the the ceiling from both first and second world wars.
|View of the Atrium as you enter|
|View looking down|
during world war 2 in England. I always find social history far more interesting than who was king or Queen and who was killing who on what date. In this house they have a sample of the weekly rations which we would certainly have a hard time existing on today. There was a man talking to the school children who were there on a school trip about being evacuated away from his family. Both my parents were children during the second world war and my father was evacuated to the country side, I don't think this was a really bad experience for him, but for some it was and can you imagine sending your 6 year old off with nothing but a small suitcase and his name around his neck.
There is also an art gallery of war paintings some of which were quite striking including a beautiful, if sad room size painting by Whistler (of Whistlers Mother fame). Connie and Nancy went to the holocaust exhibit, which they both said was well done and very moving, but I could not bring my self to go through.
After a quick gander at the gift shop, always a great source of gifts, we went for lunch at the pub accross the road, The Three Stags
|The Three Stags pub|
Connie ordered a seafood stew it was like a bouillabaisse, though I do not think that was what they called it, she seemed very happy with it.
Nancy ordered the belly pork served with kale and green lentils. I thought this was wonderful, but Nancy was porked out at this point and much like the steak in Florence there was just too much pork and fat.
I ordered scotch eggs made with quails eggs and salmon, I really ordered as I was very interested in how this would taste. It tasted really good, when I cut in to the egg it oozed out a lovely soft egg yolk but really firm white.
My only complaint was I wish I had a little more salad as the salmon and eggs were very rich. You can eat lunch here for between 5 and 10 pounds, not too bad and the ambiance is of a very traditional pub, but the food is a step up.