Sunday, 17 May 2009

Irish hospitality

Had a lovely trip out to the Clandeboye estate just outside Bangor today - I want a library just like Lady Druffin's billiard room, crammed full of first editions and random artefacts.

Had dinner at the Crown Bar, one of Belfast's most notorious gin palaces and not entirely spoiled by tourists like us just yet. The tables are set in private booths, with mirrored panels, real gas lamps and plaques to strike your matches on. The food is basic pub grub - beef and ale pie, scampi, mushroom and ale pie, with chips or champ - and the Guinness is good. Finally, a proper boozer!

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