What a lovely sunny October we’re having. The mild weather seems to have delayed the typical colour changes we see at this time of year, the leaves are dropping from the trees but not in the usual rich autumn colours I think. It’s still mild enough to sit outside and enjoy some refreshments by the river, and if we see a change in the coming days we have our inside areas to accommodate you. Individually distinctive yet instantly familiar specials on offer today, see below for menu.
I hope you’ve all picked your blackberries for this year. Folklore in the British Isles suggests that Michaelmas day is the last day that blackberries can be picked. It is said that when St Michael expelled Lucifer, the devil, from heaven, he fell from the skies and landed in a prickly blackberry bush. Satan cursed the fruit, scorched them with his fiery breath, stamped, spat and urinated on them, so that they would be unfit for eating. As it is considered ill-advised to eat them after 11 October (Old Michaelmas Day according to the Julian Calendar), a Michaelmas pie is made from the last of the season.
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