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Saturday 14th January
RAR 255
COVENTRY'S GBG

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop, 12 noon
Sunday 5th February
HW 55
SNOWDROPS AT ALLESLEY

Meet at The Brooklands, Kingsbury Road, 12 noon.
Saturday 18th February
RAR 256
STATFORD TO WELFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
5:50pm arrives 6:12pm
6:09pm arrives 6:46pm

The X18 bus leaves B439 (Binton turn) at 3:19pm arrives Stratford at 3:56pm. This stop is supposedly 20 mins walk from Welford.
3:49pm arrives 4:26pm
4:24pm arrives 5:01pm
4:54pm arrives 5:31pm

The 6:30pm No. 460 National Express arrives Coventry 7:00pm
Saturday 18th March
RAR 257
WELFORD ON AVON TO BIDFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
RAR 258
BIDFORD ON AVON TO HARVINGTON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives Bidford 12:11pm
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RAR 238 Leicester's Curry Houses

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This month we meet at Pool Meadow Stand D at 10.15 and catch the 10.20 X6 bus, return fare £10 for the youngsters. We arrive at 11.35 and walk over to the SALMON, whiuch has a variety of guest beers. According to the GBG this doesn't open until 12 noon, but the bus will undoubtedly be late arriving, and then we can take a very slow stroll to the pub, doing some window shopping on the way !

From the Salmon at 12.30 we walk along Burley Way and the Belgrave Road to the BRIDLE LANE TAVERN, which sells Vale of Belvoir beers, for 1.00. This was the best pint on our survey.

At 1.30 we continue along Belgrave Road and enter the asian quarter, passing shops full of colourful saris, jewellery, or exotic foodstuffs. By 1.45 we shoud be at MacDonald Road, where we come to MURCH MASALA. No real ale I am afraid, but it is a Hindu, vegetarian, South Indian cafe-cum-restaurant. So, you just sit yourselves down, order from the menu, and pay at the till when you leave. The menu will be full of dishes you have never heard of before, its amazing the things that Indians can do with vegetables ! I have attached the menu. Assuming we spend about an hour there, we set off again at 2.45.

Leaving with full stomachs we take to the back streets and follow Ross Walk up to the footbridge over the River Soar. We pass Abbey Pumping Station, now an industrial museum and follow Beaumanor Road to the TOM HOSKIN, which was once the site of Hoskins Brewery, but is now just a pub, arriving at about 3.15. On the Monday we did the survey the choice of beers was most disappointing, but given the number of pump clips turned round, we assumed they had sold out over the weekend.

Leaving at 3.45 we walk back to the river and follow it upstream to Abbey Park. There is a good chance of spotting a heron on this stretch. We cross the canal and pass through an old industrial area before returning to the bus station for 4.45. If you have a return ticket remember that the last X6 leaves at 5.50, so there is only an hour to try some other pubs in Leicester. I have included those on the way to and from the Railway Station on the map, but other people will have their own favourites, just don't miss the bus !

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