Chapter Two. Lenham

Trip Start Sep 28, 2012
Trip End Oct 14, 2012

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

The village of Lenham, with a population of about 2,200, is a self-sufficient entity. So many similar places today have become merely dormitories for nearby larger towns but not so Lenham which has its own identity. There are three thriving pubs, a butcher, baker (no candlestick-maker any more), grocer, florist, pharmacy, antique store, charity (thrift) store, public library, a Chinese take-away, a fish n'chip shop, and even a lingerie boutique.

We need some basic provisions to tide us over for the week.

"Go to Sainsbury’s in Maidstone" advises our loquacious host in Lenham. “You don’t have to pay for parking there.” Parking is expensive in Europe, so her advice is expedient.

It’s easy to find our way to Maidstone, but difficult to navigate the city streets. One false turn ends us up in the paid parking lot for the neighbouring shopping precinct. Not to worry. As well as getting our supplies at the supermarket, we also get to tour the rather scruffy mall. 

When we get back to Lenham we realose that we have forgotten to buy bread at Sainsbury’s, so as the baker is just around the corner from the cottage, we pop round to stock up for breakfast. The owner is just locking up.  

“Sorry. We’re closed. We open tomorrow at 8:00.”

We must have lookedx awfully downcast, so she goes back into the shop and comes out with a bag of assorted breads.

“Thanks. You are so kind. How much do we owe you?”

“This is today’s bread so don’t worry. Come back when you need more, though I’m afraid it might not be free next time.” Ah! Village life!

This evening we have the enviable task of selecting if we are to dine at the” Dog and Bear” or “The Red Lion”. After much agonizing, we decide on the Red Lion. I select the homemade soup of the day with the Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding from the senior menu. Unfortunately there is no senior discount for the pints of local beer I'm quaffing to accompany dinner.  
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Cesar Barroso on

Martin, a delicious post, as usual. That Senior's Menu for sure attracts me to go across the Channel... Next time.

derrick241 on

Glad you tried the local bakery, better bread, fresher bread and as you have found out a lot friendlier than a supermarket, long may the local bakery reign

greekcypriot on

I love the countryside of England....a week's holiday out there sounds good.

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