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We have our first European members this week, so if you bump into them at a Brit Stop please say hello/bonjour/Guten Tag! Glauco, who is the founder of Fattore Amico will be touring the UK in August with his copy of Brit Stops, so we're planning to meet up with him at one ourselves.
Sorry to hear of your experience, Stanner. In fairness to the hosts, the question we ask on the registration form is: What days are you not open to receive motorhomes?
This allows them to agree to motorhomes stopping over even if their shop or pub is shut. As it mentions in the guide, sometimes for a variety of unforeseen personal or work-related reasons, a host will not be able to receive motorhomes. In some of these cases you will still be able to stay, but of course you won't be able to purchase from the host. Obviously the scheme works better for them if we do buy something, but if you've turned up in late afternoon I'm guessing we'd all prefer to know we didn't have to drive on.
Now for my review!
We stopped at number 029 and enjoyed a lovely (big!) meal after an appetite-building saunter down the seafront. Very picturesque. I especially liked the houseboats. We turned up about 5 minutes after the whole pub had just watched their landlord and landlady on the telly in "4 in a Bed", that programme where B&B owners try out and rate each others' B&Bs. It was our first Brit Stop, believe it or not! Doesn't seem like a bad scheme, all things considered...
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Directions and Parking
Directions in the guidebook were fine and access to the car park from the given A road was easy. The car park itself was a medium size and I didn't have any problems with manoeuvring and parking.
This is a small pub on quite a busy A road. The staff were friendly and Jo (the named contact in the guide) was quite enthusiastic about the scheme. I arrived around lunchtime and the car park was perhaps 50% full. It was quieter in the evening. They had a good menu available at reasonable prices. Service was quick and the food was very nice. The busy A road was a concern in terms of noise but by mid-evening the traffic had died away so that (in the end) noise wasn't a concern at all. A very nice stop.
Directions and Parking
Directions in the guidebook were fine. The final road was narrow with passing places and the 2 described sharp right hand bends were just that - 90 degree blind bends - but take it easy and you should be OK. Access to the car park was narrow and the car park itself was quite small. It was also full when I arrived and I only just managed to squeeze in to the final spot. The car park remained full until late afternoon and then was full again for the evening. Therefore, I would suggest arriving before lunchtime or between 3.00pm and 5.00pm otherwise you may find all parking spaces taken.
A very nice pub with lots of character and set in a picturesque village. Friendly staff. A good, varied menu and very nice food. It was busy both at lunchtime and in the evening with the majority of people there having a meal. Overnight it was very peaceful – not surprising given the rural location. A good stop but parking was a bit difficult.
On our way from Knaresborough to Arisaig we stayed last night at BritStop farm shop about 8 miles off the M74 in South Lanarkshire I phoned ahead to ask if it would be okay to arrive late, would I still be able to get acces and did they mind. The owner was very pleasant and said it was not a problem at all
We arrived around 11pm and drove straight in. Huge empty car park and had a very quiet good nights sleep. We will buy something at the shop this morning. The owner was very enthusiastic about the scheme as he said it was generating extra trade for them.
Our second BritStop and second good experience.
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Not really a review, this, as we didn't stop in the end:
Host 63, p98
This is an organic nursery with an excellent farm shop selling produce mainly grown on site. Everyone there is very friendly and helpful.
When we arrived we realised we were in the middle of an open day, and things, including the parking area, were pretty busy. For this reason we didn't stop, although I'm sure it would have been fine - albeit perhaps a bit close to the noise of a fast main road for us?
Although the book shows the symbol for "must ring first" no phone no is listed - we found a no by googling, but the named contact did not, I was told, use the phone, as he is deaf. The person I spoke to was very helpful, though, and did liaise with the contact. (I should also add that the named contact, who is a lovely guy, lipreads so well that face-to-face you'd not be aware he had any hearing problem.)
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