I want to be clear, though: fusion cooking and embracing the latest trends to create new things is all well and good, but that's not what I'm talking about. That actually turns me off a bit, because in my heart, being a Midwestern America boy...I want meat, potatoes, and gravy. And IMO, ain't nobody does MPG better than the UK!
Don't get me wrong - I love all kinds of UK cuisine. I don't really differentiate so much. As said elsewhere - a steak and kidney suet pudding can be a Michelin starred meal as much as a homely old fashioned comfort meal.
We've often said that visiting Oxford was not a good idea... (Endeavour, Inspector Morse, Lewis to name a few)... often wondered how there was anyone left to murder lolI've always dreamed of visiting a lovely country house like the ones I imagine from Agatha Christie books. Sans murder, obviously (depends on who is being murdered though)
Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village
We've said the same thing about Midsomer Murders and Agatha Raisin, as they both seem to take place in very small villages.
Its an ok pub - a bit dirty and shabby though, it needs a bit of a spruce up. If it wasn't for the Inklings connection then I doubt many people would make an effort to go there. But I guess that's why they haven't bothered to spend the money on maintaining it....the tourists will come anyway so they don't need to bother attracting repeat customers. A shame really, because it could be so much better
Locally known as The Bird and Brat. It's quite a characterful pub, but the beer isn't much cop. The best pubs in Oxford are not in the city centre - in fact, there's not very many right in the centre. There's also been a large decline in the number of pubs. When I first lived in Oxford, I lived near Jericho, just north of the city centre. There used to be masses of pubs there, but there are only a few these days.
I lived in Oxford when Morse first appeared on TV. The first two series were, largely, shot in Oxford and it used to be fun to work out what pub he was in. Then they starting shooting most of it around Elstree studios and I recall seeing one "Oxford" pub that was actually in St Albans. I knew this because I had friends who lived right near it.
Its the same with films shot in London - especially ones with car chases. I've lost count of the number of times we've watched them drive southbound over (for example) Southwark bridge, only for them to then turn onto Cheapside or drive past the Lloyds building or the Gherkin. And then the next moment they'll be somewhere near Trafalgar Square or out at Docklands.Another bit of Morse fun was playing "spot the mistake." There was one where there had been a body found in a public toilet, which was obviously the one at St Giles. When Morse and Lewis emerged from the toilet, however, they came out by Merton College, which is on the other side of town. Another one I recall is them coming down the steps of the police station and turning left. That would take you off down the Abingdon Road. When we saw them a moment later, they were turning into the High Street, which would have required them to turn right.