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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

it’s true what they say about England

The food is terrible:

The weather is atrocious:

The people are rude:

Not the best photo ever, that second-from-bottom one, but it’s me and my travel pal Bonnie in the middle sandwiched by David, on the far left, and Harry, on the far right, bartenders at Bar Room in Stratford-upon-Avon, which we decided to make our other local in town (after the Dirty Duck), mostly on the strength of Harry’s adorable charm. Also, they serve food that sounds bizarre — like crispy duck pizza — but is absolutely scrumptious.

The bottom photo is of Martin and Ellen (and Louis the dog), who run the Adelphi Guesthouse, where Bonnie and I spent nine of our 10 nights in England. I’ve stayed in lots of B&Bs in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and this was by far the nicest B&B experience I’ve ever had, and very reasonably priced to boot, and offers free parking and free wifi. Martin and Ellen are absolutely delightful, and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and at home. I honestly feel like I made two new friends in them, and I can’t wait for an excuse to go back to Stratford so I can stay at the Adelphi again. And I hope they do make the trip to New York they told us they were possibly planning, so Bonnie and I can show them around our town and make them feel as at home as they made us feel in Stratford. If you’re thinking of a trip to Stratford, I heartily recommend the Adelphi — and you can let Martin and Ellen know that I sent you.

Part of the reason I would love to make an annual thing out of a trip to Stratford isn’t just for the theater — which would be enough on its own to make it worthwhile — but because of people like Harry and David and Martin and Ellen, and everyone that we met everywhere, who were uniformly friendly and enthusiastic and generous.

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