Sunday, 12 May 2013

12th May 2013 Leamington Lollop

Easy day today as I might be doing a long ride tomorrow with Graham.  Settled for the old favourite circuit, out to Newbold Comyn via Warwick, and back home.

The Royal Horse

Leamington's newest pub, or rather restaurant. Part of the Hungry Horse chain, some bright spark decided to call it the Royal Horse. This is up by Heathcote crossroads near to the Heathcote Pub. That has a 'For lease' board outside at the moment and I would suggest it will be a brave person to take that on as a going concern. This new one has been open for a week now. I was in there last Friday, it was packed at lunchtime. The food was pretty good with a varied menu. Worth a visit.

The Plough and Harrow

This might be one of the oldest pubs in the district, the building itself was built in the 17th century. This is in Whitnash on the outskirts of Leamington and has recently been refurbished. Not a bad menu, again, worth trying.

St Margaret's Church, Whitnash

Just down from the Plough is Whitnash parish church. This dates back to Saxon times and Whitnash itself is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Then, it had 11 villagers and 6 small holdings. Compare that with the nearly 9000 residents today. This church is very famous as my eldest daughter was married here.

Leamington Bowls Club

Leaving Whitnash and skirting Newbold Comyn, I made my way home through Victoria Park. On the edge of the park is the Leamington Spa Bowling Club and, being Sunday morning, was in full flow. I did notice that many of the participants had their jackets and wooly cardigans on. Although it is nearly mid May, there is still a chill to the wind as these hardy souls will testify to.

A comfortable spin out today, just hitting the 15 mile mark. Not so sure that shorts and tee shirt was the best of gear today though.

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