Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Montague Inn, Wincanton, Somerset

RESTAURANTS-BARS in UK

The Montague Inn

Shepton Montague,
BA9 8JW Wincanton, Somerset, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1749 813213
Mail: info@themontagueinn.co.uk , Web: http://www.themontagueinn.co.uk/

 June 2017

Hidden away amongst the Somerset country lanes between Bruton and Wincanton, is the Montague Inn; a traditional 17th century country pub where everyone receives a warm welcome including us!

The cosy bar guarantees a warm and friendly atmosphere for that quiet chat or the simple enjoyment of the local ales and ciders humans like so much.  From the restaurant you can enjoy the view overlooking the terrace and garden with wide reaching rural views. We can accompany our humans in one part of the restaurant. There’s a lot of space between tables, so you can make yourself comfortable without being concerned too much. Tessa and I, Tibor, took a great nap here!

The owners Sean and Suzy O’Callaghan are very friendly and I love one of the sentences on their website that says:

‘A favoured meeting place, half way to everywhere in the middle of nowhere.
Come and visit us; with the family, the dogs or just on your own we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.’

Our humans loved the food and service.  The restaurant delivers gastro pub style food using the best local produce. People smiling and having a good time everywhere. We even got a special treat – a dog-biscuit for being such well-behaved dogs! Hopefully we go again, one day.

** Wonderful 17th-century inn serving simple, imaginative meals using organic treats from local farms. Friendly welcome for dogs and kids, too. Nice if you stay in Castle Cary or surroundings.

The Knights Restaurant, Castle Cary, Somerset

RESTAURANTS-BARS in UK

The Knights Restaurant & Gin Bar
The George Hotel, Castle Cary, Somerset

Market Place,
BA7 7AH, Castle Cary, Somerset, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1963 350761
Mail: contact@thegeorgehotelcastlecary.co.uk , Web: http://thegeorgehotelcastlecary.co.uk/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/georgehotelcastlecary/

 

June 2017

Set in the picturesque historical market town of Castle Cary town centre, this quaint 15th-century inn called ‘The George Hotel’ hosts this fabulous dog-friendly steak and grill restaurant: ‘The Knights Restaurant & gin bar’, where I went with my humans for dinner more than once.

The Knight’s Restaurant offers a steak and grill menu, with a in room gin & prosecco bar which is candlelit by night, which creates a lovely cosy atmosphere for your humans to enjoy their meal. A big part of it is Dog-Friendly, although you aren’t allowed everywhere. Booking is advisable and the best way to assure you and your humans there’s space.

Tessa and I, Tibor, felt very welcome. The floor was nice and cool and there was a lot of space between each table which gave us plenty of room for a nice nap around our table.

This restaurant belongs to the George Hotel, featuring modern home-style decor with airy rooms where dogs are allowed too on request without extra charge. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, TV, a desk, as well as tea and coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms. Some rooms have original wood beams, and 1 has a 4-poster bed.

**The Knights Restaurant & Gin Bar is part of The George Hotel which is situated in Castle Cary about 4 miles from Haynes International Motor Museum, and 13 miles from Glastonbury Abbey, the legendary burial place of King Arthur.

Ellesmere House (B&B), Castle Cary, Somerset UK

ACCOMMODATIONS in UK

Ellesmere House (B&B)

South Street
BA7 7EX Castle Cary, Somerset,  United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 7950 377571
Web: https://www.ellesmerehouse.co   FB: https://www.facebook.com/CastleCaryBandB/

Stay: 10th – 13th June 2017

 

The second B&B where I (Tibor) stayed with my pack during my UK-journey was at Ellesmere House at the entrance of a lovely town called Castle Cary in Somerset. The landlady was called Melanie, just like my human friend, so special!

The three-floored Victorian house has got a great garden. From the windows you’ve got amazing views out the back lead onto fields accessed from a gate in the garden. From the front it overlooks Glastonbury Tor. My daughter Tessa and I loved exploring around in the garden. We had access to every part of it without being called back not once. It is somewhere to feel totally relaxed as if you are in your own house. Melanie, the hostess really adores dogs! She just couldn’t get enough of hugging us. There were two house-dogs too. We wanted to play with the greyhound, but she was recovering from surgery so we unfortunately we couldn’t. Maybe next time.

Our humans loved the spacious room. Each room is beautifully decorated in an elegant Bohemian style. It was all very clean, and we loved the soft touch of the floor. The continental breakfast is on the house – yoghurt, locally baked bread, croissants, granola, muesli and such like – if people would like a cooked breakfast it is £7.50 per person. They also organise suppers on request. The coffee was great too! Like in most English B&B there were tea/coffee facilities in the room. We didn’t have an en-suite room but the shared bathroom was great and our humans had it all for themselves anyway.

I especially loved the garden and the walking facilities just starting from the garden. It’s only a short walk to the centre of Castle Cary. I was welcome in most of the bars and restaurants.

There might be an extra charge for dogs at Ellesmere House. Just talk to them about it.

** There are plenty of bars en restaurants nearby where you can go to with your humans. A nice place to explore interesting sights such as Stonehenge, Salisbury, Bath, Bristol, Bradford-on-Avon etc. Melanie and Jasper the hosts will be glad to help you!

The Palk Arms, (Pub) Hennock, Devon

RESTAURANTS-BARS in UK

The Palk Arms (Pub -Restaurant), Hennock, Devon

Church Road Hennock,
TQ13 9QB Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1626 836584
Mail: palkpub@gmail.com , Web: http://www.theonlypalkarms.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/TheOnlyPalkArms

 

 June 2017

‘The Palk Arms is a 16th Century Free House, situated in Hennock only 2 miles from Bovey Tracey, within Dartmoor National Park. The traditional rural Devon pub offers locally brewed real ales, great wines and serves high quality pub food at reasonable prices in a relaxed atmosphere with extensive views over the Teign Valley.

What a friendly welcome I got when we entered the pub! Not only by the staff, and the owners Ivan and Jane with their great four-legged pal Olive, also the locals (clients of the bar) were all very friendly. I felt like I was just one more of the village.

During meals you’re allowed to be with your humans at all time unless you’re on the lead. It was great to take a nap under the table meanwhile they were having a meal.

**Besides, this independent village pub offers four nice en-suite rooms (B&B). All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, a flatscreen TV, hairdryer and free Wifi.

The Palk Arms (B&B), Hennock, Devon

ACCOMMODATIONS in UK

The Palk Arms, Hennock, Devon

Church Road Hennock,
TQ13 9QB Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1626 836584
Mail: palkpub@gmail.com , Web: http://www.theonlypalkarms.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/TheOnlyPalkArms

 Stay: 8th – 10th June 2017

On my first trip through the UK with my daughter Tessa, and my human friends, I (Tibor) spent our first two nights at a lovely B&B house called ‘The Palk Arms’. It is a 16th Century Free House, situated in Hennock only 2 miles from Bovey Tracey, within Dartmoor National Park. This independent village pub offers four nice en-suite rooms (B&B). All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, a flatscreen TV, hairdryer and free Wifi.

My humans raved about the fantastic quality of the bed, as I had my own travellers-sleeping bag with me, and I’m never allowed to get on the bed, I’ve got to trust them on that one. The bathroom was tiny, but had all you need. The room was very clean too. Not too much noise from the bar underneath either, they said. There’s free parking a bit further (30 cow lengths) up the hill.

What a friendly welcome I got when we entered the pub! Not only by the staff, and the owners Ivan and Jane with their great four-legged pal Olive, also the locals (clients of the bar) were all very friendly. I felt like I was just one more of the village.

The traditional rural Devon pub offers locally brewed real ales, great wines and serves high quality pub food at reasonable prices in a relaxed atmosphere with extensive views over the Teign Valley.

During meals you’re allowed to be with your humans at all time unless you’re on the lead. It was great to be with them during breakfast and dinner time.

We really like Jane’s and Ivan’s recommendations about the big field next to the camping where Tessa and I could run freely and relief ourselves. Probably Olive’s favourite too! My humans liked all the details about walks and making sure they had all the information they needed.

They do charge £7.50 to cover the cost for carpet cleaning after every stay of dogs. My humans didn’t bother as we really enjoyed our stay and we felt very welcome as a pack. Hopefully we come back!

** The Palk Arms is a traditional rural pub and a firm favourite with walkers, cyclists, horse riders, tourists and locals. One of the few independent village pubs in the area. Set high above the Teign Valley it has wonderful panoramic views over the rolling hills and beautiful countryside near Bovey Tracey and within the Dartmoor National Park. Maps and tourist information available.

San Glorio Pass – 1,609m

WALKS & SIGHTS in SPAIN

San Glorio – Mountain Pass 1,609 m.
N-621 Potes – Riaño, Cantabria, Spain

 Done: every year again

San Glorio Passis a mountain pass at the elevation of  1,609 m above sea level, located in the Picos de Europa, a mountain range of Northern Spain. The pass is traversed by the N-621 road on the border between Cantabria and Castile and León.

From Potes in Cantabria this mountain road is indicated wit Riaño (León). The surface of the road is asphalted, and chains or snow tyres can be required throughout the year. Usually there isn’t much traffic. In case you suffer on those kind of roads, ask your humans to make some stops along the road. There are natural springs along the road, starting with Potes, one en Naroba at km 4 (on the left) and at km 20 (on the right), in case you need some fresh water to recover!

This unique pass has been an important access in the past up to now to connect Liébana with the province of Castile and León. It’s a wonderful and magic spot specially when it’s covered with snow (usually from November to April) to enjoy the views and roll yourself around in the cool white snow. During the first 10 km you’ll pass several villages. In La Vega your humans can have great meals or inform themselves at the Tourist office (open during high season only).

At the viewpoint ‘El mirador del Corzo’ you’ll find a beautiful statue of a Deer from where your humans can make amazing photos and gaze about the views. The view over the valley below our paws is impressive. A bit further away, you’ve reached the pass now, there is also a paved dead end for 2 km up to another viewpoint called ‘El Mirador del Oso’ at Collado de Llesba with its impressive statue of the Brown bear. Definitily worth a visit too.

I (Tibor) try to go every year as soon as there’s snow. Lately we take my daughter Tessa too, as she loves snow just  as much as I do! There are signs with walks too, but we usually just walk a bit around having fun. Nowadays you see more and more humans with ski’s or families with their young ones playing and enjoying the snow as well.

Bilbao (city), Basque Country, Spain

WALKS and SIGHTS in SPAIN

Bilbao
Tourist office, Plaza Circular 1,
ES- 48001 Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
Tel: +34 944 795 760, Fax: +34 944 975 761
Web: http://www.bilbaoturismo.net   Email:   información@bilbaoturismo.bilbao.net

 Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday : 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. / Every day of the year

Visit: 08.12.2015

Bilbao is the capital of Bizkaia/Biscay with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. Famous for architecture and the Guggenheim Museum as well as several bridges it’s definitely worth a visit.

There’s a huge new shopping area, but you might fancy more a walk along the river Nervión. Dogs are generally well accepted. I saw a lot of walks accompanying there human fellows some even off the leash. There bag-dispensers along the river in case you forgot your own.

Stroll around and explore the Casco Viejo or The Seven Streets (Somera, Artecalle, Tendería, Belosticalle, Carnicería Vieja, Barrencalle and Barrencalle Barrena) which is the oldest neighbourhood and the original nucleus of Bilbao. It forms part of the Ibaiondo district and holds the Plaza Nueva and buildings such as the Arriaga Theatre, Bidebarrieta Library, the Bilbao Stock Exchange, Atxuri railway station, Santiago Cathedral and the churches of San Antón, San Nicolás and Santos Juanes. Its commercial strength is reflected in five hundred shops, most importantly the Ribera Market, the largest indoor food market in Europe.

Especially the Somera street in the old town is a good bet to go. In almost all the bars we, dogs, are welcome too. There are plenty of facilities, shops specialised in dog products such as Belfos & Trufas with homemade cookies for us or bakeries such as Bertiz with a click-system for your leash while waiting or you’re welcome to join your humans outside at the terrace.

I felt just great visiting Bilbao with my human friends.