Sunday, 21 August 2016
The William Cobbett.
My favourite pub' when I was a student was The William Cobbett, in Farnham Surrey (above).
It was a popular evening haunt of art students; lunch times being spent in pubs within closer staggering distance, back to the college.
I have several memories of The Cobbett, some good, others rather shameful.
My friend S and I used to play a very naughty game over a few pints. We would discuss the merits of famous and obscure painters; occasionally throwing into the discussion an entirely fictional character just to see who would agree with our observations about him/her. It was surprising how often the bait was taken..... we never revealed the truth. Naughty boys.
One of my better memories was attending 'An Audience With' comedienne Fenella Fielding in an upstairs room. Lady Magnon was heavily pregnant at the time, and after laughing her way through the whole evening, went into hospital where our first son was subsequently born a couple of hours later. Thank you Ms Fielding; your assistance was appreciated.
I also remember that my favourite drink at the time was a mix of draught Guinness and Cider; something I would have difficulty drinking today.
A nice old pub.
p.s. In honour of the great man I bought (and read) Cobbett's 'Rural Rides'.... I wasn't terribly impressed.