One in 10 Brits think bacon isn’t essential to a Full English

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Brits have lots of bad opinions, but few are as bad as the 1 in 10 people who believe that bacon is not an essential ingredient to a Full English.

God has deserted us

There have been a lot of instances in recent years in which the public have made their feelings known on a variety of topics. Whether it’s been elections across the world, or even Brexit, people across the world are making their opinions known, for better or worse.

Nothing, though, could have prepared us for this. In 2017, YouGov conducted a poll asking the British public what they believe to be an essential ingredient in a Full English.

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The nine amazing pubs that are worth leaving Essex to visit

There are some real gems here

We have plenty of great pubs in Essex but what about if you fancy going a little bit further out for your pint?

There are some fantastic pubs just outside of the county, which are well worth travelling that bit further for.

From beautiful country inns serving delicious food to pretty places by the water, there are some real hidden gems to discover if you’re happy to venture a few miles out for a trip with the family.

Don’t worry though, these aren’t too far away. You could still get a bus or train home in good time.

According to the latest coronavirus lockdown rules, up to six individuals are allowed to meet while following social distancing measures.

Each pub will have adapted their layouts and venues to adhere to the rules, so be sure to visit their website beforehand to check what the changes are.

The Dog and Duck

63 High Street, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4HS

What’s it like? What an attractive little pub. The Dog and Duck is set in an old inn, painted white with a traditional, thatched roof. It’s lovely in the summer and equally stunning in the winter – if it snows, it’s like a quintessential English village pub. It’s known for its homemade, fresh, local food and it stocks a good range of craft beers and real ales.

What do the reviews say? “What a great little gastro pub.  I enjoyed the scallops and home make chicken and leek pie, all washed down with two different glasses of white wine. This place is a little gem.”

How far is it from Essex? 35 minutes from Great Dunmow.

At the moment, the pub is operating with gazebos, beach huts and tables in the car park and garden and advise visitors to book before they arrive.

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My locked-down pub is heartbreaking but it’s time to stop crying into our beers

Jodie Kidd has experienced first hand how tough it has been for pubs to survive the pandemic

THERE was no better feeling at the end of lockdown than being able to sup a cold pint of freshly pulled beer.

After months of enforced isolation we all deserved a drink.

But for many of the nation’s pubs it has not been economically viable to reopen their doors since restrictions ended for them on July 4.

Around a third of English boozers say that social distancing, even when it is just a metre, means they will either lose money or just break even.

Many cherished inns remain closed.

It is a dilemma I have been wrestling with over the summer as I try to figure out the best way to keep our country pub afloat in the age of coronavirus.

While the Half Moon pub in West Sussex, that I co-own, provided a food and wine delivery service during lockdown, we have not yet unlocked the doors to let in customers.

It is heartbreaking to go into this beautiful pub on my weekly check to find it silent, devoid of the laughter, conversations and the celebrations that normally fill its beamed rooms.

The Half Moon pub is normally packed with punters all year round
The Half Moon pub is normally packed with punters all year round

Seeing the grass grow where people should be raising a glass and gleefully saying “cheers” is unbearable.

There is no doubt, though, that we are going to welcome back our loyal locals very soon.

We can’t allow this virus to kill off our pubs, which are at the heart of so many communities.

This is a war for survival, the gloves are off and we must do everything in our power to keep our locals alive while also keeping the nation safe.

The news that the Government is going to restrict social gathering to just six people following a rise in infections will naturally concern a lot of drinkers and licensees.

But the rule of only having six in a group already applied to pubs and restaurants when booking tables so it is not a significant change.

Tax means beer alone is not profitable enough for pubs - so innovation is needed

Tax means beer alone is not profitable enough for pubs – so innovation is neededCredit: Getty Images – Getty

There is also clear evidence that landlords and landladies have been doing a great job when it comes to maintaining a record of which customers have visited.

The health of customers is going to be at the forefront of their minds and no one wants to be responsible for a Covid-19 outbreak.

The six restriction means that for the time being, pubs and restaurants won’t be the venues for the massive parties celebrating birthdays and other key events.

But people can still carry on with that great British tradition of saying: “I’m just popping into the pub for a pint.”

When we go out to do an errand, work or head to the shops, there is no better way of relaxing afterwards than with a freshly pulled pint or a glass of wine.

Just stopping by for a drink and a packet of crisps will help your local to pay the bills.

Licensees are very aware that the Government is not going to be able to provide extensive financial support too much longer.

Both the furlough and Eat Out To Help Out schemes have been a lifeline.

But by keeping those businesses going, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has had something in return.

Research shows that Eat Out To Help Out meant 200,000 staff in the pub and hospitality sector didn’t have to be furloughed, saving the Exchequer £250million.

Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out scheme gave pubs a much-needed boost

Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme gave pubs a much-needed boostCredit: AFP or licensors

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The Lake District’s now pick of the pops after seducing Taylor Swift

The Lake District is due to get even more popular after Taylor Swift dedicated a song to the national park. Rob Crossan visited the area and was just as blown away as the pop star.

We’ve come on holiday by mistake, said Richard E. Grant in the cult movie classic Withnail And I, where two unemployed actors in late 1960s London head to Penrith for some rest and recuperation in a semi-derelict cottage.

Half a century on from the film’s grim depiction of this corner of Cumbria, the only mistake I think I’ve made is why it’s taken me so long to discover this cute-as-a-button market town with a distinct lack of chintzy pretence and its handy location on the West Coast main line.

The history of the town elbows its way into my line of vision the second I alight from the train. Brooding and forlorn, the ruins of Penrith Castle lie directly opposite the station building.

Built at the end of the 14th century, its original purpose was to defend against raids from north of the border, before it became the palatial residence of the Duke of Gloucester, who later became King Richard III.

The town itself has a stout, redoubtable quality: tidy, cobbled squares, redbrick Victorian edifices and narrow lanes of cottages so inviting I had to stop myself from simply letting myself in and dozing off on an armchair in front of the fire.

The food is every bit as robust as you’d expect. Cranstons, the butchers, serves almost indecently plump Cumberland sausages, with fillings from black pudding to marmalade.

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