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|27 December 2001
really pleased to announce that following our hint on the 19 November that
a 'Multi National' company had chosen to 'recommend' us, we can now reveal
that the company in question is none other than British Telecom. The Fat
Badgers Site is now the one and only pub / inn guide to feature on the new
Internet & email Multiphone. These
Multiphones are popping up all over the country and enable you to surf the
net, check email and find the nearest good pub ! For further information
take a look at our BT
|4 December 2001
working hard on adding information on the tourism suggestion pages which
are being amended on a gradual basis. We're always happy to receive
suggestions especially if the suggestion involves some pre-prepared text
as Fat Badger Kathy does most of
our typing but she's nearly always down the pub and it takes Fat
Badger Barry ages to sort through the gibberish she sends to him.
|25 November 2001
appears that the Jinglers inn, otherwise known as the Fox and Hounds if
being approached from the other direction, located near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, has closed its doors to the public and is now a private house.
|19 November 2001
Fat Badgers have had quite a few kind comments about our site, which we
appreciate - we have recently also had some interesting news that we may
be chosen as a 'recommended site' with a multi national company. We hope
to be adding some news about this in the near future. If you wish to be
kept up to date on what's happening with us please sign up using our mailing
list and we promise to send you an occasional email - but will not
give your details to anyone and we keep our word unlike 'Orange', who'll
give your email address to any old Tom, Dick or Harry..
|14 November 2001
few people have asked what Fat Badgers really look like so we've finally
relented and started adding photos alongside each Badger on the About
Us page. To see the photos click the camera. Some are not very pretty
mind so you take full responsibility for your actions. We do wish to use
this opportunity to remind everybody to drink sensibly. If you stop
drinking too early, there is a strong change that you could catch
Royston's Syndrome which blows up in a sudden blue rash. It usually
happens when you've experienced an expensive little whine from the gearbox
|10 November 2001
||Thanks to those who've suggested
inns for us to add to the guide - we haven't ignored you, we've added them
to the database and are currently checking out a few details. Thanks also
to Lyn Eden who pointed out that we'd got the telephone number of the Lamb
on the Strand in Wiltshire wrong, this has now been amended and we
apologise to the owners of the telephone which has been ringing in error.
|28 October 2001
|A number of inns added and one
removed as its 'gone right down the pan'. Our page listing websites that link to us
has been updated although not every site appears as some webmasters don't
even tell us when they've added a link to us ! We've purchased a new
swivel chair for use in future board meetings along with an automatic
bottle opener - apologies to those who've never watched 'Not the 9 o'clock
news'. We also amended the National Parks page after Clive Smith pointed
out that the Peak District was made into a National Park in 1951 and not
195 like we'd said - Somebody had stolen our 1
|22 October 2001
||Changes to the site have been slow recently due to a
number of Fat Badgers attending many sporting events over recent weeks and
a series of upgrades and changes to the site layout taking time. This
doesn't mean we've neglected visiting some good inns - we just haven't
added them yet. We've also spent some time revisiting inns although not
the two that were recently suggested via the online
form - mainly because we already list them !
Fat Badger Kilo & Fat
Badger Andy paid a visit to Old Trafford, Manchester on the 13th to
watch the Bradford Bulls thrash Wigan Warriors in the Rugby
League Super League Grand Final. They then proceeded to relieve the
local hostelry of all of their ale.
|10 October 2001
constantly upgrading and amending the guide as you may have noticed from
the recent change in the front page but having big fat paws - we don't
type very fast. We have added the start of a guestbook
page which we hope you will choose to add to - all feedback is gratefully
received. We ditched the third party mailing
list and set up our own because the third party decided we should pay
them - if every pub we feature paid us a pound we may have considered it
but as they don't, we can't. We've been asked by a company, if they could
place their advert on the front page but as we don't like adverts, we've
said no - but we are considering the possibility of allowing the 'County'
pages to be sponsored, so if you'd like your company name up in lights
please contact us.
of the Fat Badgers spent a very boisterous evening in the 'Emmerdale' pub
- the Woolpack Inn in Esholt after watching
England Qualify for the next World Cup. Fat
Badger Ade needed some first ade the following morning !
|30 September 2001
Fat Badgers have decided not to supply pub items but to instead recommend
other sites that do. We specialise in finding good eating and drinking
establishments and feel that offering other services have limited the time
we can spend in doing what we do best. The Merchandise
page has therefore been amended to reflect the change. Companies who would
like to be added should contact Andy at email@example.com
- The latest company to be added is Bargizmos
who supply items ranging from Bar Towels to Toilet seats with built in
|22 September 2001
||One luxurious hotel has asked us
not to feature them ! They must assume that only the lower classes use the
Fat Badgers to locate somewhere to eat, drink or stay. Well we know of
three people that use our site who could afford to buy their particular
hotel and as they are not charged for what is a free advert - then we'll
decide whether we tell people if they have a nice hotel or not.
|14 September 2001
been working on a useful addition to the site - you can now download
a add-on file for Microsoft Autoroute which will add the entire Fat Badger
pub list with description, location and telephone number - See the Autoroute
page for more information. We've also added a page of information about
the Royal National Lifeboat Institution - A
British charity which we regularly support. We have added a page which
will give information on places to visit along Britain's
coastline although this is still under construction.
|29 August 2001
have unfortunately had to cease selling Guinness memorabilia as for some
strange reason, Guinness want to attract a younger market. This means than
all their nice Toucan ceramics and 'Thanks goodness for Guinness' water
jugs will only be available from disillusioned collectors or burglars.
Seems a poorly thought out decision to us as they were making a fair bit
of money from issuing licences to companies who produced their merchandise
and we know that they have put some manufacturers out of business who
purely made items for Guinness.
|19 August 2001
of the past two weeks has been spent on the reorganising of our database
along with spending some time on researching haunted inns after a request
by Clare Day. We
will be adding a new symbol for inns that claim to have ghosts on the
premises. We take no responsibility for anyone becoming too scared to go
to the bar and we do not condone anybody claiming it's the ghosts round
and not theirs. We were pleased to find out that TravelNotes.org -- The Online Guide to Travel
have given us a 'Thumbs Up' award
which we assume means they quite like us as Badgers do not have thumbs.
We have also updated a number of pages along with adding a page on British
|26 July 2001
||Lots of information due to be added in the
near future with a feature page on the coastline of the British Isles, inspired by a
visit to Somerset, Devon & Cornwall. New additions are also due to be added to the Focus pages as soon as they are collated. A particular mention
must go to the Bay View Inn at Widemouth Bay in North Cornwall.
A warm welcome is assured along with very well priced accommodation and some excellent
local ales. There's play equipment for the kids and a view which any other inn would
struggle to beat. If you stay over, a walk along the beach before a cooked breakfast
cannot be beaten and if you tell them that Fat Badger Kilo sent you - they are sure to
look after you ! They even sponsor the Cornish Links website - so you can find out all the latest information
on the tides.
|21 July 2001
||Once again, we've been spending lots of time
updating and adding information about the UK including adding pages on the Shipping Forecast and Beaufort
Scale as well as splitting the information on People
into separate pages as the list was growing far too long for one page. We've been working
hard on our supply of seasonal staff for inns which require staff but our intended visit
to the Bristol area had to be cancelled as Fat Badger Brian had to go and pick up a
wardrobe. We've had a fair few inns recommended to us - please bear with us. We'll get
them added and inspected as soon as possible - it wasn't our fault. Our server crashed as
a family of Beetles moved in but we got rid of them by Rolling Stones at them.
|16 July 2001
||A number of pages have been added in our ever
increasing information on Britain and all things British. Some are still very much in the
early stages although all will be updated as time goes by. Pages added include information
on Lighthouses, Piers, Saucy Postcards, Thatching,
Dry Stone Walling, Place
Name Origins and Castles. We've updated the Charity
page after a few of the Fat Badgers took part in a mini Golf tournament in aid of the
UNICEF. We've added a few inns as well and were very impressed with the Greyhound Inn in Penkhull. Most suburbs of Britain's main
cities tend to be home to very similar styles of pubs including many of the 'chain' pubs.
The Greyhound has a country pub feel to it whilst being within a mile of the City of Stoke
|2 July 2001
||A number of inns have been added in the last
couple of weeks along with general updates on many other pages. A page has been added
giving information on the Act of Union and the Union Flag
and we've finally relented to Grumpy Old Badger's wishes
and added some of his views on life. We're continuing to add to our information on all
aspects of life in Britain and have added a page on the Scottish
Highlands which has some information on Highland Dress and Highland Games. We've also
updated the page on Long Distance Paths after one of
the inns we feature pointed out that they are located on a LDP and we only had information
on the 'Major' Paths. The
list of links to inns with websites is ever growing so we've added a link button on each
county page to give other alternatives to the inns we feature. We've also added a page on Lakes and Lochs and although this page is still under
construction, many of Britain's wonderful inland waterways are featured.
|18 June 2001
||It's all been hectic in the last few weeks at
the Fat Badgers Head Office - We've finally managed to add a Feature Page on our 'Inn of the Year' - the
Red Lion. We've also added Henley on Thames to our growing
list of 'Focus On...' pages after a delightful time visiting
'Oxfordshire's Jewel' although we haven't yet added any inns in Henley to the Oxfordshire
page. We've tidied up the About Britain page as we'd
added a page on Morris Dancing without telling anybody
and we will be adding more information on many other aspects of Britain such as Castles,
Cathedrals, Thatching & Dry Stone Walls and in fact we're always open to ideas and
contributions. We've also found some time to raise money for Charity so the Charity Page has been amended along with a report on our
first event at Aldershot Army Barracks.
All this means that we haven't added many inns recently even though we've inspected a few
- we did remove one which has, as they say 'gone right down the pan' and we need to
inspect another which we've noticed has become very shabby from outside.
|7 June 2001
||Latest excellent inn
to be added is the Boat Inn at Cheddleton in
Staffordshire. Located in the picturesque Churnet Valley, the Boat is well worth a short
detour from the main road and if you're arriving by canal, then you can park virtually
|1 June 2001
||The Red Lion in Burnsall,
North Yorkshire is awarded the Fat Badgers 'Inn of the Year'
Further details will feature here in the near future.
|28 May 2001
||Inspired by visits to both Windsor & Eton in Berkshire and Ludlow in Shropshire, we have decided to have occasional Feature Pages on areas worth visiting. Whilst these pages are
not yet completed there is already a fair amount of information to tempt you to pay either
town a visit. If you know somewhere that you think we should feature - drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
|24 May 2001
||A number of inns added in Berkshire and
Buckinghamshire following an exhaustive visit by Fat Badgers Cath & Kilo. The Fish at Bray impressed us greatly with their superb fish menu
and warm welcome and both the Bell & Dragon at Cookham
and the Bull at Bisham showed a level of service which is
second to none. A special mention must be made of the Crown
at Penn in Buckinghamshire. We shy away from including many 'chain' pubs as most are
exactly the same as the next and particularly uninspiring - The Crown, part of the 'Chef
& Brewer' chain is certainly an exception to the rule with a delightful building and
service to match. A special mention must also go to Windsor & Eton -
a 'tourist trap', certainly - but there are many inns of character which are well worth a
visit. The railway station at Windsor is now a very pleasant place to watch the world go
by with cafe bars a plenty and then a stroll past probably Britain's most impressive
castle over the Thames into Eton gives you a plethora of good inns to try.
We've also found some time to add a page on the Islands
that surround the mainland of the British Isles.
|20 May 2001
excellent inns added include Kelly's Tavern in
Newark, Nottinghamshire. Refurbished in April / May 2001, Kelly's has been opened up to
create a very interesting interior. The quality of the ales are excellent. The page on British Rivers has been amended with a few more photos
|15 May 2001
||Various minor amendments made to 16 pages on
the site with a few inns to be added in the next few days. Sadly, the Ship Inn at
Levington in Suffolk has been removed from the guide due to a chimney fire which spread to
the thatched roof and subsequently destroyed what was a 14th century Inn. our thanks to
Lilia Fountain for keeping us informed. Hopefully the Ship can be restored and returned to
|2 May 2001
||A new page of information on British Breweries has been added. This is information about
breweries themselves and not links - although the Brewery
Links page has been updated also. The top of this page now includes a link to the Latest Inns to be added to the guide - for those that want to
know if their suggestion has been included.
|23 April 2001
||Moonpig added to our list of favourite sites. A superb source
of purchasing some great greetings cards which you can not only customise with your own
message but also the actual text on the front as well.
|17 April 2001
||A number of inns added to the guide, the Canal page updated and a page added on British Rivers.
|10 April 2001
||Latest excellent inn visited by Fat Badgers
Andy, Kilo and Sam is the Three Horse Shoes located just to the
South East of Leeds. Recommended for the magnificent 'Aberdeen Haddock' - it certainly
didn't disappoint - not only was the portion huge, the fish was very tender and tasted
|31 March 2001
There has been extensive
worldwide media coverage about the current Foot and Mouth Disease and contrary to many
reports, much of Britain is still open for business. Foot and Mouth disease is not
a risk to human health and any precautions that are taken are there to protect
animal welfare and minimise the chances of spreading the disease. There is no
reason to cancel or postpone your trip especially a visit to one of the inns
listed on this site as visits to the countryside are not banned. You can freely drive
along tarmac roads and visit country towns, villages, hotels, pubs and the many stately
homes and museums which are open
Up until the end of February there was NO foot and Mouth Disease in
Britain - it is believed that the disease was brought in via an illegal import of meat.
Whilst the Government may have been slow to act, the countryside has not been
closed. There is still plenty to see and do in Britain, however, it is important
to follow the advice below to ensure that you do not spread the disease.
Obey all 'Keep Out' and 'Road Closed' signs. Do not go on closed
footpaths or bridleways.
Do not go near cows, pigs, sheep, goats, or deer. Do not handle or feed
them or leave waste food around.
Don't go on farmland, or open country, or walk dogs even on a lead,
unless you are sure that the land isn't used by cows, pigs, sheep, goats, or deer.
|19 March 2001
||After a visit to one of our listed restaurants,
Fat Badger Kilo has been roped in by Grand Master Fat Badgers Billious & Petros, to
take part in a gruelling event for charity - FIND
OUT MORE !
|14 March 2001
||Latest excellent find is the lovely Moat House Hotel in Staffordshire. Why anybody
traveling on the M6 would use accommodation located 20 yards from the motorway
junction in one of
the many 'Motel' type chains that have sprung up over recent times, when they can drive a
further mile to place like the Moat House is anybody's guess. Full of timber and comfy
settees the Moat House has good food, accommodation and pleasant surroundings and yet you
can still see the Motorway in the distance - if you miss all that traffic !
|10 March 2001
||Some of the Fat Badgers attend their annual ski trip and find a
great little bar in Leogang near Saalbach in Austria although nobody was in any fit state
to record whether the place was of a standard to appear in the Fat Badgers Guide.
did spot an Austrian Badger out on the piste and decided to entertain him for the evening,
but apparently he fell over after one drink.
|28 February 2001
||After a fair bit of work 'behind the
scenes' - a few visits are paid to inns that have been recommended by Joe Public - he's
been a busy chappie in recent weeks. A number of Fat Badgers get together for the annual
reunion trip to Llandrindod Wells and The Waterdine in
Shropshire is visited on the way. The inn, formerly known as the Red Lion and taken over
by a couple who previously ran a very popular restaurant in Ludlow, is quite a surprise
with a lovely pint of Jack Snipe from local brewery Woodhampton along with some superb
smells wafting from the kitchen.
Fat Badger Kilo finds the Triangle Inn in Rhayader and takes
Fat Badger Helen along to show her how good it is, even though he consumes vast quantities
of meat in front of the Worlds only vegetarian Badger.
|13 February 2001
||The Fat Badgers get together to discuss the
future of football in the UK but end up trying out an inn which becomes the first to get
an undecided decision on whether to be included in the guide. The conclusion was to take
'Molly' the Newfoundland dog for a walk and revisit later to see if the inn in question
scores better next time round.
|3 February 2001
||Three of the Fat Badgers along with other
friends and some of the 'Corks' (Don't ask !) attend the first of hopefully many beer
festivals held to celebrate the opening of a new extension at the Fountain in South Staffordshire. They were pleased to see
that a famous old Irish duo, the 'Two Pats' were back together after they split to form
'One Pat' and the 'Two Pats' after another Pat joined one of the Pats. That's the Irish
for you ! Anyway, a great night was had by the Badgers and the what seemed like hundreds
of other customers.
|30 January 2001
||The Fat Badgers officially open up their new
'Staff' office for dealing with finding staff for all the inns which are looking to
recruit for the year 2001. For more information on jobs available go to the Jobs Page.
|22 January 2001
||Latest excellent inn to be added is the Fountain Inn in South Yorkshire, After heading towards Sheffield
to inspect another inn, our alert Fat Badger spotted a signpost to the Fountain and
decided to pay a quick visit. A warm welcome was extended and with a feeling of 'I'll go
back there next time I'm in the area' our happy Badger wandered off to find the
establishment he was originally looking for.
|11 January 2001
||After some busy Badgering on various pages of
the site, we have added three new pages for those who are specifically looking for Inns close to Water, Inns close to
Motorways and Inns with accommodation. These
pages are simply a list of inns which fit the title, if you want to find out more, you
then need to go to the relevant County. We've also added a page of information on British Sport because although we are fat, we still like to
play around a bit.
|05 January 2001
Shortly after being discovered by the International Association of Web
Masters and Designers and being awarded a Golden Web award for 2000, the Association then
also selected the Fat Badgers guide to receive the "2001 Golden Web Award"
|03 January 2001
||The Fat Badgers welcome aboard the newest
addition to the Clan, Fat Badger David Elliott. Fat Badger David was a record signing from
Dutch Royal Badger Family Clan and brings a wealth of experience in falling over without
spilling his pint. If you want to know more about him, go to the About