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A Sunny Week in September

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Just a short piece on our week on Royall Commander 1. We were with friends who had never boated before and pouring rain on Friday the take over day did not bode well. In the event we had wonderful blue skies and sunshine the whole time except one morning when it rained for a while. After the summer we have had this was nothing short of a miracle.

Eating out we visited the Cross Keys in Dilham, very good. The Sutton Staithe Hotel where it is best to book, excellent and the Red Lion in Ludham with large helpings of good food and a model train running round the ceiling.

Our intention to have dinner in the Maltsters at Ranworth on Sunday evening was frustrated by them not serving food after 4 00pm. There may have been a good reason for this but it did nothing for the pubs reputation judging by the dark mutterings going on at the moorings. People were saying if they could not be bothered to provide food at such a popular time as Sunday evening they could keep their drinks as well. We were saved by learning about the Chinese restaurant in South Walsham that provided a delivery service. Very efficient and excellent food. We were told that if we wished to eat in the restaurant they would run us back to the Staithe by car. We later found they did the same service at Fleet Dyke.

It is somewhat comforting that since our first visit in 1967 so much remains unchanged on the Broads and long may it stay that way.

We were very impressed by Royalls Boatyard who gave us a warm welcome on arrival. The boat was immaculate with a welcome card and bottle of wine and even a bag of mints for our journey home. The wonderful reputation I had read about on the Broads sites was fully justified and we will not bother looking elsewhere for our next hiring.

We stuck to the North rivers and our friends loved it declaring they would love to do it again. Roll on next year.



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Glad to hear it all went well, Royals do seem to be keeping to the standard that I am sure the successfull yards of the future are going to have to achieve.

Think we caught for the same week when we went down to Southwold and while not exactly blistering hot, after the summer we had I would have to agree with the miracle bit.


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