It was a spectacular day - the day after Midsummer's day - and we decided to go for a walk from the village of Coates. Mrs Tiger and I are both getting on a bit and though 5 miles is easy for us, we were grateful to the landowners for taking such good care of the footpaths and in particular the easy gates between the fields. It's a fascinating part of England, rich in history and architecture.
The Tunnel House Inn is set where the old Thames and Severn Canal exits from a tunnel of 3490 metres in length - an amazing engineering achievement indeed. The inn is an attractive building in Cotswold stone. We only wanted a light lunch and a drink, and their menu offered us plenty of choice. We settled for the cheese and pickle sandwich and as the charming member of the bar staff assured me that it was a generous portion (it was) we asked if we might share one between two - no problem at all. Old Mrs Tiger had a large glass of Sauvignon Bland and I had a pint of one of their local ales - a rare treat for me as I can't manage beer as I once could, needing to work up a good thirst with a couple of miles of walking behind me.
Plenty of outside seating with spectacular views across the fields, and some nice shady seats and tables under umbrellas.
This is something we will certainly do again, and next time bring friends or family. I know my son will love it - he does like to get away from his home in London at the weekends, and we can't see too much of him and his lovely wife.
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