October letter from The Ferns veggie B & B chatting about The Fox Pave Lane, the Boughey memorial and Aqualate Mere.

Eating at The Fox, Pave lane

We love eating at The Fox at Pave Lane. The choice for vegetarian is somewhat limited and more so for vegans, however, the food is very good. Often their menu doesn’t say if the  meal is veggie and you have to ask or use your own judgement. The starter, which we shared between us was arancini – these were rice and mushroom balls in a crumb coating onto top of a saffron aioli dressing and pickled mushrooms. This was delicious.

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For our main courses one of us went vegan and had a  vegetable tagine with minted big couscous . The menu didnt mention  some of the vegetables being in a tempura batter, but that made at nice change  – having something crunchy. However the tempura batter had eggs in it.

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the tagine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I opted for a linguine dish with mozzarella balls.; vegans could have simply left the mozzarella out, which one of my guests did last week. The food is lovely, and the atmosphere beautiful with log fires in autumn and winter. The menu changes regularly.

I am aware that it is difficult for vegans to find an evening meal in this area, and am always on the look out for new establishments, revised menus, and will always keep my vegan visitors up to date with where they can eat.

Outside our house

Recently the memorial garden outside ‘The Ferns’ was restored by the local Newport in Bloom group. It is really lovely. So opposite us we now have  a side-ways facing bench. Before this,  the bench  was facing straight onto the road -not very pleasant for us. Now visitors can view the memorial and also look straight down the road into town. The memorial was once a large gas lamp that was placed in the centre of the High Street in 1907.

the High Street in 1907

Now it is opposite our house with a bench and  flower beds. No gas lamp now, which is a shame.

 

It was erected in memory of one of the local landowners, Thomas Fletcher Boughey, who took a considerable interest in Newport, who helped and funded many  local town enterprises.

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Opposite our house with the Boughey memorial

I took this picture a couple of days ago of a rainbow over the memorial. Lovely!

Aqualate Mere NNR

The Boughey family still own the local Aqualate Estate – about 2 miles from Newport. The great thing about this park is that ‘Natural England’ have an agreement with the estate that,  apart from the  usual footpaths around the estate,  the public have access to the huge mere (72 hectares)- the largest natural lake in the West Midlands.

The site is designated under RAMSAR as an internationally important wetland reserve for its habitats and overwintering wildfowl populations. The mere supports a diverse fish population, in particular pike and bream, and large numbers of wintering and breeding wildfowl. There is a large heronry that has been on site for over 300 years. The reedbeds habitat also supports reed warbler, sedge warbler and reed bunting with the occasional visiting marsh harrier and osprey. The site also sees large murmurations of starlings at dusk in the winter months. Mammals found here include otter, polecat, stoat, water vole, yellow necked mouse, harvest mouse, and bats such as pipistrelle and Daubenton’s.

 

Natural England have built a hide  on the waters edge so that twitchers  and members of the public can watch the wild fowl on the mere.

If any visitors was to visit, we have some good binoculars that you can borrow.

So much on a doorstep. Lots to see and do even on autumn days

Best wishes

LInda