There is a very old charity trust in my village, set up years ago to help the poor. The trust owns small parcels of land which are rented out as "allotments". Nowadays the income is shared between the primary school and paying for a Christmas meal for the villagers over 60. It's held at a big pub not far up the A140 from the village. Last year I went on my own because Col was in Addenbrookes and the only person I knew was the lady who we bought the house from. This year of course I was on my own again and knew no one at all, but luckily I sat with some friendly people who were welcoming.
I'd chosen the vegetarian option of filo stack with creamy mushroom, leek and cashew sauce and roast new potatoes followed by a huge chocolate and walnut brownie with vanilla ice cream.
It was all delicious and it was only after I'd ordered it about a month ago that I looked on the blog and found it was exactly the same as what I'd chosen last year. Must be more adventurous next year!
I had no room for the mini mince pie that I could have had with coffee.
Last years meal took place on a horrible snowy day, this year it was nice and bright but chilly so after the raffle (didn't win anything this year) it was home to light the fire. I didn't need much to eat the rest of the day.
I completely forgot to take any photos - too busy eating and enjoying.
Thank you to everyone for comments yesterday. I surprise myself with my bright ideas sometimes!.