Panther Enthusiasts Club UK
Early Autumn Drive
To Burnham -on-Crouch
Sunday 10th October 2010
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Oh what a gorgeous day! We were blessed with clear blue skies and one of those Autumn days in which it is a great pleasure to be out and about. We met at the Cafe on the Lake at South Hanningfield prior to driving via the country lanes to Burnham, where we were to have dinner at the Anchor Inn. Seven cars (13 people) duly met at the reservoir around eleven and enjoyed a coffee in the very pleasant surroundings before we set off on our hour drive to Burnham.
Enjoying the day were: Cliff & Yvonne Benton, Malcolm Jones & little Monica, Tony & Jan Appleby, Alec & Mary Bradshaw, Tony & George Ansell, Colin & Sue Addison and Roy Biddle ( Jennifer unwell).
Six of the seven cars are pictured here at the reservoir. Sorry Alec & Mary I missed yours. (Incidentally, Alec informed me on this trip that his car has done over 120,000 miles and still going strong without any problems. I always thought Les and Pearl's car was the most travelled with 110,000 miles on the clock. Any advance on a 120,000 anyone?)
Some of the group enjoying the surroundings from the terrace of the cafe. I'm sorry the picture's a bit rough, but my camera has difficulty coping with shadow and sunshine. Most were surprised that the cafe existed and what pleasant surroundings it was in. I'm sure some will be returning to savour the "full monty" breakfasts several people were tucking in to.
After the enjoyable drive through the much maligned beautiful Essex countryside we arrived at The Anchor Inn in Burnham and parked up in its car park. The location of this is well worth knowing about as parking spaces in Burnham can be very difficult to find.
The quiet lanes of the Essex countryside with the trees in their Autumn colours were great to drive through and it is surprising how little they are used by the general traffic.
Even though we had booked lunch here parking was tight and we had to double park to get the cars in a safe parking spot.
Lunch was booked for 1pm and we arrived at 12:30 which gave us plenty of time for a drink before we went in to eat.
When you consider the weather that prevailed earlier in the week, I don't think anyone thought that we would be drinking in the sunshine on Burnham's promenade on Sunday.
The following pictures show our happy group enjoying their lunch. The meals were good and very reasonable in price. I recommend the Anchor as a place to eat if you are ever that way. The pub itself is a bit run down, but the beer, and food is good and the location ideal.
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