Sunday lunch at the Woodman Pub

8 mars 2015
vendredi 12 juin 2015
par  Emmanuel HENNEQUIN
popularité : 98%

Article rédigé par Dominique Daugeras

Everyone knows that French people love good food.
Did you know that the French also love talking about food – which is what I am going to do : tell you about our mouth-watering, typically English Sunday lunch at the Woodman, an archetypal Birmingham pub, in a private dining-room.

We were served generous plates overflowing with :

  • Yorkshire pudding (which many French people discovered on that occasion)
  • Pork roast with apple sauce
  • A fried pork rind
  • Various veggies
  • Grilled potatoes

All this was washed down with a pint of « English Pioneers hand-crafted lager, brewed from the ground up » (sic - whatever that means).

You can easily imagine that the atmosphere soon became boisterous, and, munching this Sunday fare, the French guests happily started sharing personal experiences about food, drink and beer, whether French, or English or otherwise exotic.

Then on to the dessert, also a typically English one : apple pie with custard cream.
Yummy, if not particularly good for our figures.

We learnt that the olde-worlde pub where we were enjoying such goodies was built around 1897, and is one of the classic « terracotta » pubs from a golden age of Birmingham pub building. This pub, famous in Victorian times, but which was empty just three years ago, was fortunately restored in 2013 – to our delight and to the delight of many other patrons, I am sure.

At least this Victorian building was preserved and contributes to retaining the character of old Birmingham : something that, unfortunately, has practically disappeared from Britain’s second largest city which now boasts huge avant-garde buildings. But such constructions, although architecturally impressive, can now be found anywhere in the world. At the Woodman’s, we felt that we were really in England, eating different food from any other country, which is what we were here for : to discover a country and one important aspect of its culture.

Treasuring one’s traditions, even or especially culinary ones, is a must today : it is what makes up the identity of a nation (well, not only, I admit). Even if English food does not have as great a reputation as the French or Chinese ones, it deserves to be preserved and better known, especially when it is fresh and typical. Up with good old English food and beer.

Oh, what a lovely lunch we had at the Woodman Pub !