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The Blythe Hill Tavern

By NEILMUIR1
June 15, 2010

This is one way our community can say thank you to a Landlord with passion. He loves golf, horse racing, Gaelic football, rugby, soccer, but more than that, he has won Pub Of The Year for his beer for two years running now. What they fail to mention is his hard work and passion to make everyone welcome, young or old. Children are welcome in his garden; his love of his garden and those who visit it indicate to us the depth of his family values.

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Patti1957
Jun 15, 2010 9:06 AM CST
What a lovely Pub, and the gardens are beautiful too! Thank you for sharing.


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dave
Jun 15, 2010 9:13 AM CST

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Great pictures, and I love your presentation with the two column format. Very nicely done.
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 15, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Dear Patti, my pleasure. The smell of Roses and beer do go together on the odd sunny day we do get!
Regards from England.
Neil.
p.s. a bit like fish & chips, they do as well!

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valleylynn
Jun 15, 2010 9:29 AM CST
Neil, that was wonderful. My husband and I both enjoyed this article. I felt like we were right there with you as you gave us a tour of your favorite pub. Thank you so much for the tour.
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 15, 2010 9:33 AM CST
Dear Dave, again I am lost for words when you reply! However I stick to what I know and what hopefully people like. In that, it should be easy to read and people like good pictures. I could of course put things with their Botanical names on, which I do when needed. Like good food it should be simple and well presented, let the food do the talking.
I do have a bone to pick with you however, as you did not tell me if your Magnolia you had ordered came?
The last time you saw my tree fern it was just coming out, so here is an update.
Regards.
Neil.

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vic
Jun 15, 2010 9:49 AM CST
Oh Neil !

What beautiful and stunning photos - what a wonderful story - what an awesome presentation!

Thank you so much.

You have touched so many people around this big wide world with your stories and photographs.

I vote we all meet Neil at Blythe Hill Tavern for our first Cubit Get Together!

vic
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 15, 2010 9:52 AM CST

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NEILMUIR1 said:I do have a bone to pick with you however, as you did not tell me if your Magnolia you had ordered came?


Indeed it did. 2 of the Ann varieties, actually, as well as 2 'Little Gem' varieties. All are in the ground and putting out new growth. I'm looking forward to blooms next year.
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Jun 15, 2010 9:58 AM CST
Wonderful again, Neil.

Is this a pub near you? How old is the pub/building. Loved the carving in one of the pictures. Sure do have an affinity for old carved woods, either furniture of architectural.

Thanks again.

Now when is that get together?
Hugs
Nancy
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 15, 2010 10:02 AM CST
Dear Dave, great news on your magnolias. I have been reading your own Articles as I studied toxicology in relation to plants, it was part of my Degree!
I admit to having upset a few Designers for planting things around children's and animals areas that are toxic! There are a lot of things that are toxic that we never think of.
Regards.
Neil.

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NEILMUIR1
Jun 15, 2010 10:42 AM CST
Dear Nancy and Vicki, you would always be welcome if you could stand my food! No fast food here, just homemade the way it should be!
Scones yes, pies yes. fast food no!
Beer no problem or anything else you like to drink!
Regards.
Neil.

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stilldew
Jun 15, 2010 10:59 AM CST
What a wonderful tour in words and photos of a totally charming place. Thanks!
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 15, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Dear Susan, thank you! But your pictures are marvelous why don't you write an Article for Cottage Gardens? I will help you out all the way!
Get your name in print, easy honest!
Regards.
Neil.
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vic
Jun 15, 2010 11:13 AM CST
Neil,

Your shortbread recipe (among others) is still my husband's absolute favorite! Mine too! Thumbs up

You do "my kinda cookin" Big Grin

vic
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 15, 2010 11:19 AM CST
Dear Vicki, as I have said simple things often are the best, let the food do the talking, not the cook!
Regards.
Neil.
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 16, 2010 3:46 AM CST
Dear Nancy, the first legal license to the pub was in 1862. I say this tongue in cheek as it was known that there was a Drinking Establishment there, but it did like a lot of other places not have a Legal License. This goes back to the Gin wars and other events in the 1700s, however when the Croydon canal was built 1780-1809 they needed bricks, so took the clay off the top of Blythe Hill Fields. It is mentioned in there as an establishment in 1790 but was not legal then!
Unfortunately it got hit quite badly during the Second World War by the dreaded V1s or Doodlebugs as we called them. Basically the British tricked the Germans into believing that the V1s were not hitting London, so the Germans changed the unmanned Rockets flight path, so they hit around here and not central London.
So the first recorded mention of the pub was in 1790!
Hope this helps!
Regards.
Neil.
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Happy_1
Jun 18, 2010 11:31 AM CST
Neil,

That is so great that it has survived since the 18th century. I just love your old buildings and history. Around here, (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), anything before 1920 is old. Is that a laugh or what?

We, in America, have been so fortunate that we have never had a 'Modern' war on our soil. To have historic treasures, not to mention lives, lost is unimaginable. It's wonderful the amount of time, energy and money that has been spent for restoration. You all deserve a lot of credit.

Hugs,

Nancy
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 18, 2010 12:05 PM CST
Dear Nancy, I have been to Greenwich today, met up with my old boss. They have moved the Titanic garden I designed and built and put a new sign up without my name on it! Their is Roman settlements in the Park and Queen Elizabeth I prison tree 1500s.
Articles to come shortly!
Regards.
Neil.

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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Jun 18, 2010 12:44 PM CST
That's terrible, Neil.

Go get some spray paint and remedy the situation!

I know I probably ask too many questions, but....but what is the QEI prison tree?

Hugs,

Nancy
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NEILMUIR1
Jun 18, 2010 1:02 PM CST
Dear Nancy, if you wait till my Articles start coming out you will find out!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Jun 20, 2010 6:19 AM CST
Read it Neil. Boy, you guys don't mess around with trouble-makers!! LOL


Hugs,

Nancy
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