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Five Find a Lost Island Pt 5 - The End of the Great Adventure

Darkness was drawing in, as our FOF adventurers left the Cowes Ale House, making it even more difficult to find the lost Island of Wight...

...and the next pub....


...luckily the Painters Arms was just across the street so Julian didn’t need his island map or to log into Google Maps.

The pub was a nice building, but there must have been something about it that made the FOFs wary. Fortunately we had a professional decorator in our midst and everyone agreed he was just the right man to do a quick recce.

Unfortunately the Painters didn’t meet his expectations and so we moved on...



The next pub also posed something of a dilemma as there seemed to be a fairly unusual admissions policy in force...
...after a brief assessment of the situation, and quickly eliminating the other options, Julian felt there was a chance we could pass ourselves off as children, especially as it was getting dark...

...so making ourselves look as small as possible (except for Timmy who’s small already) we entered…

Five Find a Lost Island Pt 4 - The House of Ale

Our brave adventurers, the FOF, fortified with Fuggle Dee Dum (or Stella in the case of the lager  drinker)... ...were continuing their discovery of the Lost Island of Wight...

...Not, fortunately, in a yellow Sopwith Camel, as that would be too dangerous and as Julian said sternly...'You should never drink and fly...(except if you're on a package holiday flight...)"

Flanked by a myriad of retail units, the FOFs succumbed to temptation and took a few moments out from their serious adventuring, to do a little window shopping.

Faces pressed to the window they admired the toys...

...and stylish nautical clothing...

...but unfortunately these were well beyond the reach of the FOF's pocket money.

"Never mind" said Dick, "Lets get on with our adventure
And so they did, and soon they came to The Cowes Ale House...

"It looks rather like another shop"  said Alan doubtfully, examining the front.  
"Well it's a micro-pub.  They're usua…

Five Find a Lost Island - Pt 3 Anchor Away!

Phew - back at last - think I must have got lost on the lost island for a moment there - or suffered temporarily from writer's block.  I bet Enid Blyton didn't suffer from either problem...

...or maybe I'm just getting a bit distracted by Brexit.  Deal or no deal?  Where's Noel Edmonds when you need him...

Anyway back to the story....So there we were looking for pub number 3...no that's not it....


...nope, not that either....
...and that looks as though it might have been previously, but not any more...

..ahh - here it is - The Anchor Inn...


It seems The Anchor Inn is an entrant in the 2019 Good Beer Guide.  Don't ask me how I know, as I don't own a copy of this celebrated tome....

....so if he ever finds the lost island Retired Martin should be visiting soon...

The Anchor Inn goes back a few centuries and was originally called The Three Trumpeters (don't ask me how I know that either) but certainly felt as nautical as its current name suggested, with a…