visiting pubs in london

KARAKTER UNIK DI TIAP ‘KEDAI MINUM’
Artikel dan foto: Ukirsari dan Nicholas Ingram

small note: some of the postings we did here in our blog can provide info to the readers. sure, can be taken as additional info. but mind you to do it with etiquette of permission for linking. do not copy bad behaviour as follows.

Pub telah menjadi ikon sosial masyarakat London. Sekaligus tujuan wisata para pelancong. Tak lengkap rasanya bertandang ke ibukota Britania Raya tanpa mampir barang sejenak ke rumah minum khas Inggris.

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“Mau jumpa di pub mana sore ini, my Angel of Music?” saya tak dapat menahan senyum saat membaca pesan pendek dari pasangan di ponsel saya. Ini nama panggilan baru setelah kami menonton Phantom of the Opera di Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.

Tapi intinya, pesan tadi menyoal pub. Bagi kaum Brits -termasuk Londoners- ketika jam kerja 9 to 5 atau 8 to 4 berakhir, artinya kehidupan sosial mengalir kembali. Pub jadi salah satu sasaran favorit yang dituju.

AWAL KELAHIRAN PUBLIC HOUSE

Menurut Peter Haydon, penulis buku ‘The English Pub’ dan Mark Girouard, yang menerbitkan ‘Victorian Pubs’, pub bukanlah sekadar tempat di mana minuman dibeli lalu dikonsumsi.

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Lebih dari ratusan tahun, pub telah menjadi tempat untuk berjumpa dengan teman dan kerabat.

Tempat yang menyediakan ruang untuk berbincang santai sampai serius, karena di situ jugalah para pebisnis bernegosiasi.

Di tempat minum ini orang-orang juga berkumpul melakukan suatu perayaan, main games sampai mencari ketenangan. Dengan membaca sebuah buku, contohnya.

Dalam perkembangannya, pub bahkan dapat menggeser orientasi dalam menjaring pasar yang lebih luas. Yaitu menjadi tempat yang pas bagi keluarga, karena menyediakan aneka santapan, mulai jenis ringan sampai berat.

Bahkan di kawasan pedusunan Inggris, pub juga dilengkapi tempat menginap serta punya peran ganda melayani masyarakat. Seperti menjadi bagian dari gereja atau kantor pos kecil.

Nama pub merupakan kependekan dari Public House yang mulai dikenal sejak zaman Victoria. Bangsa Romawi mengenalkan awal keberadaan pub di England (Britania Raya terdiri dari England, Wales, Scotland dan Irlandia Utara). Kedai minumnya menjual anggur dan makanan serta bir atau ale lokal.

Setelah kaum Romawi angkat kaki, pub Romawi turut menghilang. Sampai tiba saatnya kaum penakluk datang dan pergi serta bermukim di England.

Satu kesamaan para pendatang ini:  sama-sama doyan minum ale. Minuman beralkohol hasil fermentasi malted barley, air dan ragi.

Pembuatan ale perlu keahlian khusus. Salah menyimpan olahan, hasilnya bakal asam. Usaha brewery jadi berkembang pesat, sampai-sampai Raja Ethelbert dari Kent membatasi peredaran ale di abad ke-7 karena takut rakyatnya tak sadarkan diri.

Penerusnya, Raja Edgar menerapkan regulasi banyaknya ale yang boleh diangkut serta larangan mabuk di beberapa lokasi.

Berkembangnya Kristianitas bukan berarti konsumsi masyarakat Inggris akan ale jadi surut. Hadir jenis abbey ale yang dibuat berdasar standar kepastoran.

Minuman ini disuling khusus untuk perayaan gereja atau penggalangan dana, dinamai scot ale. Sedang di luar gereja diedarkan versi konsumsi umum yang berjuluk scot free.

Di abad pertengahan, seiring bertambahnya populasi manusia dan tumbuhnya perindustrian yang berdampak polusi, kualitas air bersih jadi tercemar.

Ale menjadi satu-satunya minuman yang aman dikonsumsi!
Karena permintaan ale terus bertambah, usaha brewery kembali berkembang dan mulai memainkan peranan tetap dalam kehidupan masyarakat Inggris.

Hal itu dibarengi dengan tumbuhnya pub di seantero negeri hingga menjadi salah satu ikon sosial sampai kini.

MENJUAL KEUNIKAN BEDA

Kami berjumpa di Tower Hill Underground Station sebelum petang. Diteruskan jalan kaki menuju The Minories. Pub yang punya sebuah keunikan: dibangun di bawah jalur rel kereta api (viaduct) Fenchurch Street Station jurusan London – Laindon dan beberapa kota sekitarnya.

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Bangunan orisinalnya berupa bata ‘telanjang’ tanpa polesan sedikit pun. Mulai luar sampai dalam gedung serba bata. Ada tiga pintu masuk utama ke pub ini: dari Goodman Yard yang memiliki kanopi dan kursi-kursi di ruang terbuka atau disebut beer garden dengan suasana musim gugur nan apik, lewat pintu masuk stasiun DLR (Docklands Light Railway) dan satu lagi tepat di bawah viaduct, berupa pintu putar klasik gaya 1950-an.

Langit-langit pub ini berbentuk lengkung, tetap memamerkan bata sebagai ornamen utama. Pipa-pipa instalasi yang melintang jauh di atas meja bar panjang menjadi aksen. Lantas lampu-lampu penerang digantung rapi.
Setiap kali kereta lewat, suara gemuruh roda kereta akan terdengar sampai ke dalam pub. Disertai goncangannya sesekali. Itulah pesona The Minories. Selain sofa empuk di beberapa sudut, kursi bar yang tinggi dan meja biliar.

Menyeberang terowongan dekat The Minories dan memutar beberapa blok sampai Crutched Friars, sampailah kami ke pub lain bernama Cheshire Cheese -yang bisa membuat lidah keseleo saat menyebutnya.

Bila The Minories lebih kental nuansa gemuruh kereta serta goncangan dan kami ‘hanya’ menghabiskan segelas Guiness bir hitam dan Strongbow’s Cider (ale atau bir dari fermentasi sari apel kesukaan saya), kini saatnya santap malam di pub.

Suasana Cheshire Cheese lebih mengarah ke ‘nasionalitas’. Karena pada langit-lainnya diikatkan bendera England, warna putih dengan salib merah, serta bendera tim sepakbola. Sajiannya, mesin games dan plasma screen yang menyiarkan liga sepakbola Inggris.

Riuh-rendah suara penikmat bola, berpadu teriakan para pemain games serta rekan-rekannya yang menyemangati. “Pengunjung di sini makin penuh bila sedang berlangsung tayangan sepakbola live,” tutur Giselle, pramusaji yang mengantar santap malam kami.

Kali itu kami memesan satu makanan populer, Super Burger serta salah satu menu klasik Inggris; Toad in the Hole. Alias ‘Kodok sembunyi dalam lubang’. Ujudnya 3 sosis yang dibungkus Yorkshire Pudding dan dipanggang hingga berwarna keemasan.

Disajikan dengan saus cokelat, mashed potato serta kacang polong. Rasanya gurih dan crispy sekaligus sangat mengenyangkan untuk perut Asia seperti saya!

LOKASI ROMANTIS

Selain keunikan yang menjadi ‘cap’ setiap pub di London -sekaligus jadi kebanggaan pemilik dan pegawainya- lokasi juga jadi pertimbangan kami saat memutuskan ke pub. Suasana romantis bisa menjadi pertimbangan tersendiri.

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Seperti misalnya saat menyusur St Katherine’s Way sepulang berkunjung dari Tower of London.

Jalan pedestrian tepian Sungai Thames mengarah ke Millers Wharf, mengantar kami ke semacam teluk kecil dimana catamaran dan yacht lego jangkar.

Latarbelakangnya beberapa pub. Salah satunya Dicken’s Inn.

Kembali kaki menyusur jalanan yang menjauh dari St Katherine’s Way. Menuju alamat Queen Victoria Street No 174, Blackfriars. Cuma berapa langkah dari gerbang Tube (Underground) station Blackfriars, di sinilah berdiri pub The BlackFriar.

Bentuk bangunannya segitiga, terdiri atas tiga lantai. Ada patung seorang santo yang diletakkan sebagai ornamen eksterior di depan lantai dua dengan jam berangka Romawi di belakang kepalanya.

Seperti halnya mayoritas pub di London yang sudah berusia tua, The Blackfriars dibangun pada tahun 1875. Saat memasuki pub, suasananya mirip gereja. Seperti model jendelanya. Juga meja bar yang ditutup marmer, mengingatkan pada bagian sebuah chapel.

Di sebelah kirinya terdapat semacam rongga yang terhubung dengan lantai dua yang juga berfungsi sebagai dapur. Pramusaji akan mengerek masakan siap saji dari rongga ini, untuk disajikan pada pemesan.

Sementara dekorasi marmer muncul di dinding bagian tengah dan belakang pub. Ditambah mosaik dan patung bas-relief yang menggambarkan orang-orang berjubah tengah panen anggur dan apel.

Karya seni ini ditambahkan perupa Nathaniel Hitch, Frederick T. Callcott dan Henry Poole pada tahun 1904. Dan pada tahun 1960-an, Sir John Betjeman memimpin kampanye untuk menyelamatkan gedung ini dari pemusnahan untuk digantikan bangunan baru.

Tak kalah romantis, adalah pub yang kami datangi setelah turun dari Tube jalur Piccadilly di kawasan Hammersmith. Terletak di London barat.

Setelah melewati seruas jalanan yang tak membolehkan kendaraan bermotor lewat, kami menyusur tepian Sungai Thames dengan posisi Hammersmith Bridge di sebelah kiri.

Jembatan yang dibangun 1887 ini memiliki panjang 213,4 m dengan lebar 13,1 m.

Saat malam tiba, lampu-lampu temaram dari sang jembatan memancarkan sinar romantis sekaligus memantul di atas Sungai Thames. Kami menyaksikan beberapa kapal mooring dimana sang pemilik tinggal di situ.

Lantas di sebelah kanan, pub The Blue Anchor terlihat tak kalah romantis dibanding Hammersmith Bridge.

Usia pub ini telah mencapai lebih dari 300 tahun. Lisensi sebagai badan usaha Public House didapat pada 9 Juni 1722. Kisah ini kami dapat saat George, pramusaji yang mengantar Cumberland Ale dan London Pride Ale pada kami.  “Sebuah kebetulan. Salah satu dari kami juga dilahirkan pada 9 Juni! Tentu saja dengan tahun yang berbeda.”

Dinding serba putih, berpadu dengan aksen biru pada kusen jendela sampai pintu. Di musim panas hingga musim gugur, The Blue Anchor juga menyediakan beer garden di bagian muka, hingga para pengunjung bisa mudah menikmati suasana Sungai Thames.

Sementara malam hari, pengunjung bisa santap malam atau sekadar minum di ruang dalam. Suasananya tenang, dengan hidangan beragam. Mulai tradisional Inggris seperti Chicken BLT, Jacket Potato Wedges atau Salt Beef. Sampai yang berbau Meksiko dan Timur Tengah.

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Pilihan kami jatuh pada Taramasalada, Houmous dan Tzatziki disajikan dengan roti pitta hangat.

Sungguh nikmat, apalagi ditemani ale serta tungku penghangat ruangan untuk mengurangi dinginnya temperatur di musim gugur.

Jauh di luar sana, bulan bersinar hampir penuh sementara Hammersmith Bridge tegak berdiri. Sesekali, pesawat terbang malam dari dan ke arah bandara Heathrow.

SELUK-BELUK PUB

Bila ada pendapat yang menyatakan pub hanya buka malam hari, hal itu tak sepenuhnya benar. Pasalnya, di saat makan siang pun orang dapat bertandang ke mari dan memesan hidangan lengkap maupun model cepat saji (semisal sandwich).

Meski demikian, pub juga punya aturan main yang bisa dibaca di depan pintu atau sebelum tamu masuk ruangan. Semisal ada pub yang cuma menyediakan minum setelah jam makan siang.

“Itu artinya, tamu tak bisa memesan hidangan saat petang atau malam hari,” kata Siobhan, pramusaji pub Princess of Prussia yang terletak di kawasan Tower Hill, seraya dengan ramahnya memberikan uang kembalian pada saya. Berupa koin seri terbaru keluaran Kerajaan Inggris.

Sebaliknya, ada pula pub yang menyediakan makanan dengan harga diskon di akhir pekan. Julukannya beragam, di Lord Moon of the Mall di daerah Whitehall, pariwaranya berbunyi ‘Join the Sunday Club, after 12AM’.

Artinya, setelah jam 12 siang kami bisa makan siang dengan satu harga untuk dua porsi makan siang.

Ada pula pub yang menerapkan harga khusus sepaket, bila pesan makanan berikut minumnya -yang bisa pilih terserah selera.

Contohnya di Lord Moon of the Mall, untuk segelas Strongbow’s Cider harganya GBP2.10 (catatan GBP1 = Rp 17.170). Sementara Roasted Turkey labelnya GBP6.10 seporsi. Bila kita pesan paket hidangan itu ditambah salah satu minuman, harganya GBP6.25. Bisa dijadikan sarana menghemat.

is that bloody difficult to say an apologize [from stealing and misusing picture’s case]?

the boring and very tiring moments to act against piracy and misused purpose of my dearly picture still on the go. and I have to say that I had met with a very unprofessional person and institution.on February 14th 2008, I had read a very-mini-tiny column at Klasika, Kompas newspaper. And I had made a copy as appears in here.

* copy from klasika kompas, february 14th 2008 page 37

the most funny thing, a very big laugh from my side whenever finally I see the reality about how misbehave and ‘humourous’ they are [the agency and the person who act as a negotiator] in processing this case. my conclusion: they are not serious and they have no respect about something called “copyrighted material [s]”.

can be read in there [in a very fluently accent of mine, in my mother tongue, bahasa Indonesia]: Ralat Foto.

what the hell are they talking about by writing this words? Ralat Foto means “misplacement picture or/and with/without credit title“. in this case, this explanation drives the readers’ opinions to a misinterpretation!

misplacement” [ralat] word only can be used if there’s already an agreement between me and the agency to put the picture in the newspaper and they’re fail to put my name in the credit title!

but this one? what else if they are not stealing my picture from my weblog and personal website!

so the only word that can be used here is “permohonan maaf” or translated into english as ‘with our/my humbleness to be forgiven and a lot of sorry

oh boy! are the word apologize and sorry too expensive to be said? where’s the manner and act with a braveheart to admit “yes, that’s our mistake”? how arrogant and as I said before, misbehave.

or, this is only a trick, since if there’s written “permohonan maaf” it means they’ll lose their dignity and confess that they do something really wrong. a crime in different way. but I rather to think, this is about mentality and manner.

and here, I write the chronological of my meeting with the ad agency. the negotiator had objection, whenever I say “I would like to write the case online in order everybody who has the same experience like mine will feel they are not alone against the piracy.”

I don’t care about her and her institution [s], since they don’t care about me either. first, I think, “I can wait for a better result and good will for everybody.” but now, “once you try to play with me, you know that’s a very bad manner and mentality which can not be accepted. If you said about dignity, I have my pride too with my own name and my creativity.”

just a note, to be honest I hate to write and record all of this stupid meeting here. it’s just like giving a pee or a poo in my own dearly weblog. but this is the good lesson for everybody how to respect others!

* the meeting attended by 2 person from the agency [names: Iranda Regina Adriaansz and Andry]. Ira is the project officer and marketing and the other one is artician for the ad. Finally I got the full name of the agency: Sentra Media Pariwara, Jakarta.

* I start with explanation “from where you get my picture from?” and they let me know, the person who has responsibility already resigned 3 days ago. This is not professional in my opinion!

* They can’t say clearly from where it was taken and only mentioned ‘internet accesses’. I say, “Excuse me, do you know a thing called search engine? When you find a picture and you click it, no matter in English or our language, you can read, “The picture might be smaller caused by resized and might be copyrighted material”.

* I told them, the sources of my picture can be taken from my personal weblog and virtualtourist.com but kindly noted, pictures from my weblog I’d got by linked to my vt pages, since my weblog doesn’t have feature for ‘ready-to-see’ placement picture.

* Then I describe them about what vt is and who is Giampiero as General Manager of vt and continued with reading his e-mail. And easily they commenting, ‘Yes, yes … we are. Not professional and already done wrong.”

* conclusion of the meeting:

1 the agency will write apologize statement at the same page/column where my picture had been misused few week in the future [my note: done by February 14th 2008 with a very wrong interpretation for the readers. thank you very much]

2 they will write apologize letter about stolen my picture through my personal weblog that linked on my vt page. It will be addressed to me and copy must be send to the ad manager of the newspaper [Klasika c/o Kompas] and ad desk of Sriwijaya Air [my note: not done yet, maybe they will be disappear ever since term number 1 already put in the column]

3 compensation from Sriwijaya Air because they got benefit from this case: never take a picture about Belitung but got entitlement ‘documentation by Sriwijaya Air’. The agency will try to get free tickets from me, since as a client the airlines just give the payment of ad but not preparing the material [my note: to be honest, I don’t care with lips service and I’m not in *begging* mode]

4 compensation money being stolen and misused picture for ad, it will be cost IDR 500,000 [approx USD49] as the same rate per picture used price in the newspaper. And my reaction, “That will be the correct price, if you do the correct procedure: make a call to my number or contact by e-mail whatsoever since I am not anonymous on my own weblog. But in this case, you definitely stealing for a purpose and used as an advertorial!”

point number [4], I would like to say remain “deadlock” since more I listen to them, more funny in my ears and way of thinking.

like this, Iranda said, “The maximum will be IDR 1 million [or USD90] and it’s collected money from me, my assistant and the crew that involved in this project. so, as you can see us working from ad, we can not give more for you.”

she explained how her boss makes rewards and punishments. the money will be collected from the group in the project then give it to me -excluding the bastard person that already resigned because of daddedadeeda blah blah. wow! it’s absolutely absurd. she added, “Maybe can more, paid by the company but still our salary will be cut every month until the balance of the sum that mentioned.”

I replied, “So, you are here for private visit or in official? And how about my feeling being have picture is stolen and the picture misused as an ad like that?”

she’s definitely difficult to answer. and I say, “Listen, I am not a greedy person to ask anything fantastic sum, but the thing you must pay here is … the courtesy fee or can be said ‘your regret to use a copyrighted material without any prior permission’. and I want to repeat it: I’m not into money oriented. but you know, you already done wrong.”

then within two days of the conversation, USD90 had been landed in my account. and I send back her sms from dearly Miss Iranda, “thank you but this not my decision and that’s not the deal we’re talking about. I would like to meet you up and I will give you back the sum for your convenience since that’s collected from your co-workers.”

she set a new meeting and the USD90 still in my account for future “agreements” that’s drive me nowhere. one of them already realized by that small-mini-very tiny column on the newspapers, that will never get attention by the readers but a comment, “oh, a misplaced entitlement.” *what a big joke*

note for my beloved dad:

Pap, I write this only one day before your ‘a year leaving home’. I have mixed feeling, hate to face these cowards who stolen my intellectual rights and feeling blue being missing you.

but the silverlining I had … I can make you proud of me, by a very small thing; how to make others [those thieves] behave in putting my name — such a beautiful name which was given by you– in a proper way and as it should be. to pay a respect towards a name [mine] as the creator and owner. and I know they do that with unrespect feeling, arrogant and losing faces. thanks to teach me how to talk straight forward and be an honest and brave person! I love you so much.

** the version in bahasa Indonesia can be read here **

>> acts against piracy, thiefs and misused purposes <<

what will across in your mind whenever you see one of your picture appears on the net or newspaper or magazine but the credit title is something but your name?

angry? yes! sad? of course! mad? don’t even ask! but take an action to against the piracy, thiefs and misused purposes are more importants for me. because this is speaking about copyrighted materials and already stolen by others without any prior permission. and this is also about etiquette, manners and morality.

as per january 31th 2008, one of my picture about belitung island as appears on my belitung page on vt also in my personal weblog already been misused by an agency [how kind am i not to mentioned the name clearly! i am not coward but i am awaiting their good will to treat this case as something serious due to copyrighted material, courtesy fee and misused purpose on their side] to promote sriwijaya air, a national airlines on klasika page 40, kompas newspaper –nationalwide circulation.

i believe in karma and i respect the etiquette, manners and morality of everybody related in this case. i already took an action at the first chance. now wait … who have the guts?

to refresh about do i talk falsely or correctly, let’s see these pictures as appears below and please let me know, if there’s a difference amongst them.

* the original ones * (c) ukirsari

* the copy ones *

and below is a letter from giampiero, vt general manager and webmaster from virtual tourist dot com, where i join as a member and keep my travel journals and pictures.

From: giampiero6
Received: Feb 05, 2008 23:31

To: ukirsari
Subject: RE: my picture has been stolen

It is truly amazing that an ad agency would do this. I can see an amateur website doing this, but in the US, the agency would be liable for use fees, royalties and damages. That said, it’s good that they followed back to you.

Usually people try to ignore these things. It’s very very unprofessional. When you meet with them, I would suggest that they pay you the regular fee that they would pay to use a photograph + a courtesy fee to you. It’s your right to expect that and they should also fire the person who did that.

If you think they took it from VT, you can tell them, that VT is also aware of the problem, and the fact that they took the photo from VT site, means that they are legally liable to us. Let them know that we are aware of it, and if they don’t provide satisfaction to you, that we will also act against them. If they took it from your blog, then perhaps they can help as well.

Thanks for letting me know, I’d be curious to hear the outcome.

With Very Best Wishes,

Giampiero

after 25 years

alam dan sang waktu mengatur
bagaimana hari mesti dijalani
sebagaimana pertemuan dan perpisahan
dan segala impian tak berkesudahan

[times and natures give the paths
how the days should be passing
the same as finding and going in this life
and also for a neverending dream]

+ ukirsari, 08032006

take this ‘today’s writing’ about childhood dreams. as i realize, we asked two and we got one. we just only have one and keep it alive for a long time. and in the end, still hoping one of the dreams will come true someday.

today is one of the most beautiful days in my life. after such a long awaiting, try to get a connection to my childhood dream … voila … this is marcus harris! my beloved julian kirrin from the famous five. he wrote e-mail personally for me! thanks a million, marcus🙂

Hi Arie

Thanks for this and I am so pleased to hear that you got so much from the series and indeed from the character of Julian. I was and indeed still am a big fan of the F5 myself and it was a dream come true for me to be given the part, it was two years living the dream. I am a business man now but Gary (Dick) and I still do various events in Germany and the UK where we talk about life in the Famous five. I am sorry if I didn’t reply to your letters back then, I didn’t get to see them all and mostly they were handled for me, however I must take my share of responsibility and say at that time we received sackfulls each day and as a 15/16year old it was a daunting as Double Maths for homework despite being much more enjoyable. However no excuses and I’m pleased to make amends with this email. By all means use it on your blog.

Best of luck with your career, it sounds fascinating and thank you for taking the trouble to track me down.

Best wishes
Marcus Harris

PS Attached is a photograph taken last year at one of the German F5 conventions