The Best Roast Lunches Ever - a Memory of West Wycombe.

I worked in High Wycombe as a young man in my 20's and discovered the Swan pub, see the sign? Every weekday lunchtime they did a roast dinner and pudding and a coffee for a set price. No menu. I remember the dining room having some big and some small tables and the same people went there for lunch every day. Because I had only been going there 2 days a week for 2 years no-one actually spoke to me yet. The most fantastic roast lunches would be served up by two old ladies and a daughter I think. I would guess the daughter to be forty and the other ladies to be ancient. It was like school dinners on steroids. Sometimes tourists would call in and you would see them looking for a menu, "perhaps a little salad, darling, or some tuna on brown bread?". Suddenly roast lamb and three veg would clatter onto the table in front of them and they would always be too scared of the old ladies to say anything.

A memory shared by Donald Macdonald on Oct 7th, 2007. Send Donald Macdonald a message

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Fri Feb 19th 2021, at 4:30 pm
That hill in West Wycombe is home to the famous Hellfire Caves and the The Dashwood Mausoleum. You will find both easily by Googling them
Mon Feb 8th 2016, at 9:15 pm
Peter Giles commented:
It was about 1948 or so. I used my bicycle to escape the urban sprawl of Ruislip and arrived at West Wycombe.
Now there is a bit of a mystery. Indelible in my memory is a high hill, Right at the top and it was definitely not a mausoleum was a circle of pillars. Crowned by a circular ring.
I read that it was a memorial by sisters to their deceased brother. No amount of searching seems to turn up any record.
I am not imagining it, as I stood all alone and a soft breeze came up. A strange silence otherwise.

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