SPORTS AND PASTIMES.
tables-d'hote, where beer is sometimes not supplied except in bottles and
at higher rates. A 'corkage' charge of l-3s. is made on each bottle of
wine used that has not been purchased from the hotel. Restaurants are
not nearly so common in England as on the Continent, and in most pro¬
vincial places it is better to go to a hotel for meals. The dining-room is
called the Coffee Room. Smoking is not permitted except in the Lounge,
the Smoking Room, and the Billiard Room. Refreshments ordered in either
of the two last are generally paid for on the spot. Billiard-rooms are not
usually found at second-class hotels except in large towns; the charge is 6(2.
per game of 50 points.
In all first class hotels the visitor has a right to expect a high degree
of comfort; and he need have no hesitation in requiring such^ small
conveniences as hot water in the morning ami before table d'hote, an
abundant supply of towels, pen and ink in his bedroom, etc. In hotels
not lighted throughout with gas or by electricity there should be a supply of
bedroom-candles on every floor, and not merely at the foot of the staircase.
The Hydropathic Establishments, now so numerous in the popular
tourist-districts of England, Wales, and Scotland, are frequented by pleasure-
seekers as much as by patients, and may almost be described as large
temperance hotels, in which the guests take their meals in common at
prescribed hours and submit to various other general regulations. The
hydropathic treatment may be followed or not, as the visitor pleases. The
usual charge is about 8-10s. a day or 2>/2-3 guineas a week.
Apartments. The expenses of a tour are greatly reduced by engaging
apartments instead of frequenting hotels. Apartments, even for a night or
two, are easily found in all the smaller towns, cathedral cities, etc., either
by bills in the windows or on enquiry at respectable shops, etc. In London
and the larger towns, however, strangers should not take apartments
without a satisfactory reference.
VI. Sports and Pastimes
by W. Blew.
Although there are few places in Great Britain which do not
offer the visitor more or less facility for sport and pastime, the
stranger will find the most varied programme when he locates him¬
self in some large town. The tendency of the time is to bring as
many amusements as possible within the limits of enclosed grounds.
These enclosures are, almost without exception, the property of a
club, for the members of which the best accommodation is reserved.
The public, however, can obtain admission by payment to the
grounds and to stands not set apart for members. Forthcoming
events are advertised in the papers, and any information on sporting
matters may be obtained by addressing a letter to the editor of one
of the sporting journals , such as the Field or the Sporting Neivs.
Horse Racing. The chief Race Meetings held in enclosed grounds are
those at Sandown, Kemi.ton Park, and the Hurst Park Club at Hampton
(see Baedeker's London), Manchester, Leicester, Derby, Four Oaks (near
Birmingham), and Gosforth Park (near Newcastle-on-Tyne). There are
several annual meetings at each of these places; and owing to the large
sums raced for, and the superior nature of the arrangements, these 'Gate-
money' meetings are very popular. Many of the old-fashioned 'open' meet¬
ings, however, still survive. There is no charge for going on the course
at Newmarket (p. 497), Epsom, Ascot (see Baedekers London), Goodwood
(p. 56), and many other places, though, of course, payment must be made
for entrance to the stands and paddocks. When the racing season closes
towards the end of November, the enclosed grounds are used for steeple¬
chases and coursing meetings, the hares being kept in a pen and 'enlarged'