"This is the most beautiful place in the world."said our eldest as we walked through one of our local pubs, The Island Queen. We were on our way to the striped velvet semi-circular sofa in the back corner from which the photo below was taken (it's good for penning in children).
He has a point. It really is quite a sight: its double-height ceiling, intricately-moulded and ox-blood in colour; the large mirrors decorated with enamels of lush plants; the ornately-carved mahogany bar; as well the large curved and etched windows. And that's before we get to the bits the young fellow wouldn't appreciate yet, such as its Cask Marque-quality real ales (I had an Adnams Summer Stout, thanks). Food's not bad, either.