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Old Naval College

Teddy stayed back at his Uni flat last night so the rest of us took a quick walk up Greenwich High St to get some breakfast.
On the way we went past St Alfege so we popped in briefly so Ted could have a look around.

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After Breakfast we decided to walk around the Old Naval College. There used to be a Tudor Palace on this site and it's where Henry VIII, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I were born. The Palace was damaged during the civil war and was demolished in the late 1600's to make way for a hospital for injured sailors. It became a Naval College in the late 1800's and for the past 15 or so years has been used by Greenwich University and Trinity College of Music. The buildings are wonderful and especially the painted Gallery is well worth a visit. I didn't have a wide angle lens on me when we went so didn't get a great shot of the ceiling, but I'm sure we'll go back sometime in the three weeks we have left to get another one. Entrance is free and it's only a couple of minutes walk from our flat.

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We continued our walk along the Thames Path, where Susan and I had been a couple of days earlier.
This time we stopped off for a quick drink in one of the pubs, the Cutty Sark. It was a lovely old pub, full of old wood, a huge upstairs bay window overlooking the Thames and a big roaring log fire. There was even a big basket of blankets near the door for customers dogs to lay on to keep warm. As we walked back to Greenwich, Teddy finally joined us and we went for some lunch.
Being born and bred in East London we were brought up on typical Cockney food - pie n' mash.
As a family we have an affinity with Manze's, which is a pie and mash shop on Tower Bridge Rd. Every Saturday was dinner from Manze's. My mum even worked there before the war. Manze's has been in the same shop and run by the same family since 1902. However, there is also a family run pie and mash shop in Greenwich called Goddard's and Ted wanted to try it so we had some lunch here instead. It worked out well for Susan. Last time we were here I took her to Manze's and she hated it. They only do the traditional pie and mash, which is a mince pie, lumpy mash (not creamed) with liquor (a runny parsley sauce) Whereas Goddard's did different flavour pies and you could choose gravy instead of liquor - sacrilege!!
Ted for his sins preferred Goddard's too, much to my disgust! I give them points for the nice view from the window and the excellent homemade rhubarb crumble with custard, But you can't be getting all posh and offering various different pies with gravy! They even had a no spitting sign - that's how posh they are. Not a real East End Pie'n'mash shop!. Give me Manze's any day.

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Completely stuffed after our lunch we walked it off with another walk back to the Cutty Sark for a swift drink then back along the Thames path back to the flat and both Ted and Teddy headed off to their respective homes. We had a lovely two days celebrating their birthdays with them.

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Posted by RUMissingUsYet 02:47

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I'm with Susan and Ted on this one!

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