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Nov 15, 2010 09:51 PM

The Trip- BBC2

So, UK posters, has everyone else been enjoying The Trip (Monday, BBC2) with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, directed by Michael Winterbottom? They are touring the UK and visiting upscale restaurants and being very funny. Being a fan of all three men, I was delighted to hear of the programme. The food is just adding value for me.

US hounds: Rumour has it this series will be released in 90-min feature film form for your consumption.

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    1. I've wanted to eat at L'Enclume for quite awhile, so it was fun to see that restaurant on the programme. It's a novel idea for TV.

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      1. re: zuriga1

        L'Enclume looked great (references to cups of snot notwithstanding ).

      2. Havnt seen this week's yet but the previous episodes have been very funny. And a great advert for north western restaurants (and scenary). I've eaten at Holbeck and L'Enclume but not the other two so far. Funny to see serving staff that you recognise appearing in the show - I wonder if they got paid extra? I know the Yorke Arms at Malham is next week but I havnt seen anything about the final one. Star at Harome, perhaps, seeing as they'll have crossed into Yorkshire?

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        1. re: Harters

          Final venue is the Angel at Hetton - which seems a tad incongruous bearing in mind the quality of all the other locations. Still I see it's only for breakfast.

        2. Overall it's been more droll than "funny" (it is from the UK, after all). There have been some very funny moments so a 90-minute version would probably come across better (how much time can you spend watching a car driving along the English countryside - outside of a Top Gear segment?).

          1. You have to like this kind of humor. Which I do. I was able to find episodes 1, 4, and 5. The food at Hipping Hall looked amazing.

            Thanks for posting.

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            1. re: chris2269

              I enjoy the humor but the whole sub-plot of his long-distance relationship and middle-age malaise doesn't work. The one-upsmanship and banter is what works. Although if Brydon really did chronically pull out the Bond/villian schtick in real life the way he does on the show I would have left him behind a couple of inns back.

              1. re: ferret

                OK agree on the one-upsmanship and banter. I also love the ongoing Michael Cain impression and room running joke /competition. By the way this was in no means meant to bash you. From your posts you pretty much get it. :)
                I hate the Internet because that pretty much sounded condescending...which was not how it was meant.

              2. re: chris2269

                Keeping this on-topic, Hipping Hall has been a bit mixed of late. Used to have a really good reputation; chef then left and it seemed to nosedive; agree with you that, looking at the food, it's back on song. That certainly seems confirmed by it's Cooking 4 score in the Good Food Guide. Bit too far for dinner but I reckon lunch next time we're near the Lakes.