The Squire Bassett – Revisited

Well another birthday come around, so decided to go to the Squire Bassett for a meal. Went there a few (Thirsty) Thursdays ago, the beer was good and got given a free sizzling Chicken Tikka dish.
As reported before this is now the Gurkha Village Nepalese Restaurant, have had a takeaway Madras curry from here which was nice but mighty hot.
But have heard that the Nepalese food is really nice.

After a couple of drinks, we had a few poppadums and the chutney tray to start and then a Chicken Kali Mirch, a Shangrila Chicken, leek & mushroom rice and a pilau rice with a sweet nan and Gurkha vegetable bahor side dish. With a couple of coffees the bill came to a very reasonable £39. Really nice food, both dishes had that little extra something than the usual Indian meal, the veggie side dish was particulary very tasty and fresh.

The service was excellent, the Hobgoblin beer was good too.

So it looks like the Squire Bassett has ‘arrived’ as a good ‘traditional’ pub with the addition of a great restaurant. We will be visiting again soon and we wish the pub well.

The Musical Box Hammersmith Apollo

Went to see the Genesis tribute band, The Musical Box, at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on Friday, 16th. This is a French-Canadian band. Went on the bus, only £14 return, a few pints in the pub walking down from Shepherds Bush and a quick Thai meal before the group started.


The Musical Box played ‘their acclaimed reproduction of Genesis’ most loved album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’. Haven’t actually seen Genesis live, but apparently this is one of the most faithful renditions which is actually given performing rights by Peter Gabriel and Genesis, plus exclusive access to archives, audio tracks and original slideshow.
This is not actually my favourite album, I like the earlier ones best, But….


It was brilliant and after the album had been played in its entirety, the band continued with a version of The Musical Box and possibly my best Genesis track, Watcher of The Skies from the album Foxtrot.

Must ‘dust’ of my Genesis albums and have a re-listen. The early albums were, in my opinion, far the best, they kinda lost the plot and went a bit bland, 80’s pop trio, when Phil Collins took over.