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My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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Three Pubs and A Little Lady - Gastro Pubs Worth A Visit

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Three Pubs and A Little Lady - Gastro Pubs Worth A Visit

Rachel Carr

My research hub. 

My research hub. 

Back in the day, the point of a pub was simply to be a destination to have a few drinks and perhaps chew the cud with a friend. These days, pubs' food offering is equally, if not more, of a draw than what ales it has on offer. Whilst, as a food lover, I'm all for this, I do have a number of gripes with the nu wave of gastro pubs that charge through the nose, not because their food is exemplary, but because their walls are the current in vogue colour of grey from Farrow and Ball. Recently, I have visited a number of pubs that have happily not fallen into this category and instead, I have dined out exceedingly well at pubs that are sadly not walking distance from my home. That being said, they were definitely worth the drive.

The Crab and Boar, nr Chievely I visited this dog friendly pub with my husband as a happy half(ish) way point between my home near Faringdon and Putney. Putney being the home of one of my oldest friends and her lovely family. We duly met up at this out of the way pub and had a fab afternoon chatting away over delicious food and smiling at the beautiful baby Iris. The menu is unashamedly hearty which suited the cold February day we visited it. The portion sizes are generous without being off putting and the selection of desserts on offer were a mixture of old English favourites versus trendier fusion options. Whilst not the cheapest Sunday lunch, the service was friendly with a few well meant quirks along the way, and we were left to enjoy our meal at our own pace. This pretty pub, with a beer garden to match for long lazy Summer afternoons, also has rooms for guests to stay and explore the wider world. It's only five minutes from the M4 but feels like it is in the middle of nowhere. Whilst I am stationed with the husband near Faringdon, I will definitely be returning to this spot for lunch with other London based friends.

The Crab and Boar, nr Chievely

I visited this dog friendly pub with my husband as a happy half(ish) way point between my home near Faringdon and Putney. Putney being the home of one of my oldest friends and her lovely family. We duly met up at this out of the way pub and had a fab afternoon chatting away over delicious food and smiling at the beautiful baby Iris. The menu is unashamedly hearty which suited the cold February day we visited it. The portion sizes are generous without being off putting and the selection of desserts on offer were a mixture of old English favourites versus trendier fusion options. Whilst not the cheapest Sunday lunch, the service was friendly with a few well meant quirks along the way, and we were left to enjoy our meal at our own pace. This pretty pub, with a beer garden to match for long lazy Summer afternoons, also has rooms for guests to stay and explore the wider world. It's only five minutes from the M4 but feels like it is in the middle of nowhere. Whilst I am stationed with the husband near Faringdon, I will definitely be returning to this spot for lunch with other London based friends.

The Pheasant, Brill If Carlsberg did quintessential English views, then I imagine it would look something similar to the vista outside The Pheasant in Brill. Thankfully this gastro pub, with this view that overlooks four counties, isn't just a one trick pony. Indeed, the pub's interior is as pretty as the outside, but even then The Pheasant does not rest on its laurels. Instead, it offers an extensive, though not overwhelming, menu full of stock pub fare (the pre requisite burger or fish and chips) mixed with lighter, more European options. We were served our chosen food (yummy burger for me) by attentive staff and so we had the perfect back drop for a catch up with friends who we met living in Germany. In reality, I actually ate too much having had a hearty starter too, but it made for a much quicker journey home courtesy of a nap in the car with the husband driving. 

The Pheasant, Brill

If Carlsberg did quintessential English views, then I imagine it would look something similar to the vista outside The Pheasant in Brill. Thankfully this gastro pub, with this view that overlooks four counties, isn't just a one trick pony. Indeed, the pub's interior is as pretty as the outside, but even then The Pheasant does not rest on its laurels. Instead, it offers an extensive, though not overwhelming, menu full of stock pub fare (the pre requisite burger or fish and chips) mixed with lighter, more European options. We were served our chosen food (yummy burger for me) by attentive staff and so we had the perfect back drop for a catch up with friends who we met living in Germany. In reality, I actually ate too much having had a hearty starter too, but it made for a much quicker journey home courtesy of a nap in the car with the husband driving. 

The Swan, Pangbourne   Another Saturday, another dog friendly pub for the husband and I, and this time we were joined by some other lovely dog owning friends. Situated on the River Thames, this pub could really make its money simply from offering a stunning setting for outdoor drinking in the Summer. Instead, on a grizzly, drizzly day in February, our friends and I enjoyed an absolutely delicious meal whilst the dogs, tired out from a long walk at nearby Basildon House, warmed themselves by the radiators that were thankfully pumping out heat. Again, like the other pubs I have mentioned here, the menu had the standard burger and fish and chips, as well as a few other options to keep things interesting. Case in point I had the mushroom and truffle gnocchi which was so utterly delicious, I don't think I drew breathe or talked in between mouthfuls. Whilst this is always the case for the husband, whatever he eats, he did at least demolish his bacon and cheese burger with relish. He even indulged my inner pig and shared a sticky toffee pudding with me for my dessert, knowing my rule of life: if there is sticky toffee pudding on the menu, order it. (Photo credit: The Swan, Pangbourne. It was too cold to take one of my own when I visit!)

The Swan, Pangbourne  

Another Saturday, another dog friendly pub for the husband and I, and this time we were joined by some other lovely dog owning friends. Situated on the River Thames, this pub could really make its money simply from offering a stunning setting for outdoor drinking in the Summer. Instead, on a grizzly, drizzly day in February, our friends and I enjoyed an absolutely delicious meal whilst the dogs, tired out from a long walk at nearby Basildon House, warmed themselves by the radiators that were thankfully pumping out heat. Again, like the other pubs I have mentioned here, the menu had the standard burger and fish and chips, as well as a few other options to keep things interesting. Case in point I had the mushroom and truffle gnocchi which was so utterly delicious, I don't think I drew breathe or talked in between mouthfuls. Whilst this is always the case for the husband, whatever he eats, he did at least demolish his bacon and cheese burger with relish. He even indulged my inner pig and shared a sticky toffee pudding with me for my dessert, knowing my rule of life: if there is sticky toffee pudding on the menu, order it. (Photo credit: The Swan, Pangbourne. It was too cold to take one of my own when I visit!)

I'm by no means done in my research of pubs around the UK that serve good quality food and welcome my gorgeous dog (and husband!) If my readers have any other recommendations, please let me know! 

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