As required by ritual, the weekend after New Year is time for the annual pilgrimmage down to Southampton to celebrate Guy’s birthday, give him a few odd presents and crawl through a few Southampton bars. Sarah drew a monkey on the window in Chambers and I triumphed at table football at The Alexandra pub. We ended up at The Dungeon - Southampton’s premier seedy metal dive. My neck still aches.
I found this amusing cigarette packet on the bar in The Dungeon - looks like one whole side of Spanish cig packets is required by law to display a Dear Deirdre style anti smoking photo-soap:
We wandered around town on Sunday and had a great carvery lunch in The Red Lion, a half timbered Tudor pub. The interior is absolutely fantastic - the multi-level bar area was used as a court by Henry V to try a number of traitors before he departed for Agincourt. After the trial heads of the executed traitors ended up spiked on the Bargate, which is where my other tourist snaps were taken. The Red Lion’s Tudor decor is still pretty much intact, some marks were docked for the football projection screen obscuring a suit of armour over the fireplace but were more than won back by great pub food and a charming pet parrot.