Your egg and chips young sir. (Photos by Marisa Corness)
The “pub” is an integral part of the English speaking society. “Just nipping down the pub for a quick one.” or “Meet you in the pub.” A good pub is a necessity
So what makes a great pub? Is it the décor? Plenty of wood everywhere. A long bar where you can stand and chat to the barkeep? A smoke-free area as well as a smokers al fresco. Big screen TV's for the customers to follow their favorite football, rugby, boxing, motor sport, tiddlywinks or whatever. But there is another very important ingredient – the Landlord.
You need a big appetite for a Jameson's Parmo. (Photos by Marisa Corness)
Jameson's Irish Pub (to give it its full title), has a very professional Landlord in Kim Fletcher. A pro, who was actually born in a pub, raised in a pub and knows everyone who walks in to his pub and which drink they have. For very regulars, that drink will be on the table before he sits down.
The pub has an al fresco area outside which is the smoker's domain, while inside there is an area with two pool tables. There is also a general area with large tables and chairs which leads off to another dining area with a huge TV screen, great for sitting and eating away from the crowd. The Long Bar area has its own regulars and is very much UK Pub style. From the general area you can also go into the ‘library' with giant Chesterfield chairs to relax in and eat and drink from the hefty menu. And of course there is a flat screen TV as well.
The menu is a solid affair with around 70 dishes with photographs, so important in cosmopolitan Pattaya. Main dishes are generally around B. 295-395 including the Jameson's hamburger which has 250 gm of lean beef in a sesame seed bun, chips (get the Jameson's chips rather than the straw variety) and side salad, plus at no extra charge, Cheddar cheese, fried onions, rashers of back bacon and a fried egg!
Another dish we have tried on many occasions are the Fajitas, coming in vegetarian, chicken or beef (B. 275-375). Sunday Roasts? Of course (B. 340-400) with cauliflower cheese, garden peas, broccoli, carrots, mashed and roast potatoes, pork sausage wrapped in bacon, sage and onion stuffing, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Go there hungry!
Another very British dish is the Jameson's Parmo. Battered lean chicken or pork steak covered with a Red Leicester cheese sauce with sauté potatoes and garden peas and all for B. 350.
A favorite is the Jameson's KFC which has Kim's Fried Chicken crumbed and deep fried with chips and coleslaw.
The Kids menu has seven choices, all at B. 135 including a soft drink and a scoop of ice cream. Hamburger and chips rates high as does sausage and chips and chicken nuggets and chips likewise. There are also weekly rotating specials, so you have many choices.
Thai dishes? Of course, and there are 37 choices with most under 200 baht.
Drinks? Pages of them (it is a pub after all) local bottled beers B. 105 and draught B 80. Wines generally around B. 150 per glass, plus pages of all kinds of tipples and cocktails I've never heard of!
The Landlord himself. (Photos by Marisa Corness)
Jameson's Pub, under Landlord Kim, really is one of the top watering holes in Pattaya. Good food, generous portions, and convivial atmosphere and not over the top pricewise either.
Jameson's is actually slightly off the ‘beaten track', but even for newbies is very easy to find. Coming from Second Road (Sai 2), turn right into Soi 4 (on your right at the Bangkok Bank) and follow the road up and round to the right and it is there, next to Nova Park on your left. Another way to get there is to come from North Pattaya Road, turning into the soi at the traffic lights leading to Big C. Follow that soi all the way down to the T-junction at the end and turn left and Nova Park and Jameson's are there on your left.
Mt. Ephraim Gardens with its large house and 800 acre estate is situated in Herne Hill which is in the centre of Kent's rolling valleys. It is 48 miles from London and 10 miles from Canterbury. The Estate was first built in 1695, then re-built in 1878. For the last 300 years it has been cared and attended by the Dawes Family. The Gardens had to be completely re-furbished after years of neglect due to the Second World War. But they have been lovingly restored with many different flowers along with and a rock and water garden with a Japanese Bridge and Stone Lanterns. In the centre is a lovely old Sweet Chestnut tree.
Herne Hill itself is just outside Faversham which is an old English settlement that can be dated back to pre-Roman times. Kent is famous for its beautiful countryside, cherry trees, apple orchards, hop fields and pretty girls. As Charles Dickens once wrote, “Kent, Sir, Everybody knows Kent”. Within the Mt. Ephraim Estate is the Mont Field Cricket Ground which was once a County Ground. Faversham is the home of England's oldest family run brewery - Shepherd Neame. Kent is also rightly proud of its many local beers.
Once a year, Mt. Ephraim opens its gates to The New Day Festival, and what a wonderful occasion it is too. Three days of sitting about making new friends, re-acquainting yourself with old ones and seeing people from previous years. There are two stages which are set out at the bottom of two fields, nicely close, but far enough apart to be just right as it is about a two minute walk between stages. The Spitfire Stage and the Shindig Stage have bands who follow each other on with military precision. As you walk back up the fields each side is lined with stalls, selling everything your heart could desire: fish 'n' chips, sandwiches, pastries, curries and pizzas. There is a marvellous Cheese Shop selling all sorts of local delicacies as well as people selling, clothes, records (vinyl) and CDs - mostly of the artists appearing at the Festival. There is a fabulous tent in between the stages where, after each band finishes, they congregate and sign any CDs bought by the patrons.
At the top of each field are the beer tents. All beers are kept at the same price. Last year is was £3.50 a pint. The festival also employed proper, experienced bar staff. This makes all the difference and the organisers do not follow the usual Festival ploy of putting up signs looking for cheap labour to man the pumps. These are professionals who are polite and efficient. Over 6 stewards are in attendance who ensure all of your needs are taken care of. The Cricket pitch is turned into a Camping/Glamping Site with plenty of parking space and the amenities are in abundance and impeccably clean. There are also plenty of nearby hotels and inns. Greed is not on the agenda at the New Day Festival so the numbers are kept down to allow plenty of freedom to wander about without having to queue.
With all this there are Rock & Roll bands too. Last year the line up was amazing. This year they have bettered it. Each day has a band in the mid-afternoon who could easily headline the event itself. On Friday, John Otway. Saturday Bernie Torme, and Sunday Son of Man. Saturday is headliners all day long.
The New Day Festival a very special event so mark it in the Calendar.
Written by Mott The Dog of Jameson 's The Irish Pub, Soi AR, North Pattaya.
Queen – News of The World.
By the time of Queen's sixth album News of The World (1977.) They ruled the world of Rock Music and were in the prime of their career. It showed up brilliantly on this album with all four members of the band bristling with confidence. Hence even the song writing, instruments, singing are all shared out with everybody shining.
The album was a smash hit internationally going four times platinum in the United States alone and selling in all over 6 million copies. Of course it also dripped some of the best known Singles of the Seventies. The Double A Sided We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You has been played at every Sports Ground in the World and especially at Cup Finals. If you put We Are The Champions on in any gathering, automatically everybody is a Freddie Mercury Wannabe. The second single Spread Your Wings is probably an even better song, but perhaps not as commercial. But they all stand the test of time very well.
The album opens up with the rabble rousing We Will Rock designed by it's author Brian May to be Song to get the crowd going .With it's “ Stomp-Stomp-Clap-Pause Four/Four measure it's a complete earworm of a song. In the running order of the songs released on the original album it's Freddie Mercury's turn with a song, the aforementioned We Are The Champions. The next out of the traps is a blast through Sheer Heart Attack a screaming rocker if ever there was one.This song was written by Roger Taylor. In contrast the next lament is a song for Brian May's Dead Cat; All Dead All Dead. Then the quiet man of the band John Deacon gets his name on the score sheet for Spread Your Wings. Fight From The Inside is one of the few Queen songs almost entirely played by one member. Roger Taylor wrote it, sings, drums and plays the guitars. Slash has been quoted as saying the jangling guitar riffs are amongst his favorites.
Get Down, Make Love is one of the most sexually orientated songs ever laid down in a recording studio. (Snigger.) Sleeping on the Sidewalk is a blues excursion from Brian May. Recorded in one take mistakes and all. Lovely loose feel to it. Who Needs You is a John Deacon song featuring Spanish Guitars and Freddie Mercury on Cowbell. Too Late would be the stand out track of almost any other album. Written by Brian May as a three act song the last act sees the band really wig out in true rocking style. Lastly we have My Melancholy Blues a showpiece for the talents of Freddie Mercury showing off his jazzy styling's. A fitting way to close out a classic album.
Queen backed up the album with an extensive tour of America and Europe. It was the must have ticket for both the end of 1977 and early 1978. Queen played a full set with all the stage props, pyrotechnics etc. and did not even bother with a support band on the tour, such was their ability to draw a crowd.
Frank Kelly's Art work for the album was also groundbreaking.
We Will Rock You.
We Are The Champions.
Sheer Heart Attack.
All Dead All Dead.
Spread Your Wings.
Fight From The Inside.
Get Down, Make Love.
Sleeping on the Side Walk.
Who Needs You.
My Melancholy Blues.
Freddie Mercury – Vocals, Piano and Cowbell.
Brian May – Guitars and Vocals.
John Deacon – Bass Guitar and Vocals.
Roger Taylor – Drums Vocals, Guitars.
Written By Mott The Dog and Hells Bells. Who can be found at Jameson's The Irish Pub, Soi AR, North Pattaya.