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Old 02.11.2015, 13:39
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Re: It's cosy...yet it's not.

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Let's please not turn this thread in a pro/con smoking discussion. There's enough of those already.

I'm here to find cosy places as well!!
I wasn't. I was merely replying to Smoky's post.

The OP was complaining about something. Smoky gave a reason why it was so.

I think she was wrong and replied.


That's how discussions on forums work.
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Old 02.11.2015, 13:49
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Re: It's cosy...yet it's not.

You're more likely going to find a cozy old-fashioned style place where there isn't necessarily the cash to convert the cozy old-fashioned places into shiny bling places.

Open fires, for example, aren't really a "Swiss thing" - you are more likely to get a oven - with modern "Swedish" ovens having a window to see the fire. This may come from the fact that older Swiss buildings are more likely to be made of wood.

The "pub" doesn't really exist for the Swiss - you have the village restaurant - which serves drinks too - and where you'll find the stammtisch. And unsurprisingly - you get more of these the further you get away from the wealthy areas.

In general I find Swiss restaurants over lit and over heated - but that's another rant.
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Old 02.11.2015, 17:28
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So how come these places still exist in other countries with stricter smoking bans?


Here's another one:

Now I am homesick! Mind you, all the families stranded for the last 24 hours in London airports because of the fog might wish they could find shelter in one of these!
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Old 02.11.2015, 17:31
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Re: It's cosy...yet it's not.

I found ONE really cosy b&b (in the British cosy way) in Canton Bern (The Hayloft, Kandersteg), but mind you, that's because Kerry is British and she's has brought her British cosy touch with her to Switzerland.
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You're more likely going to find a cozy old-fashioned style place where there isn't necessarily the cash to convert the cozy old-fashioned places into shiny bling places.

Open fires, for example, aren't really a "Swiss thing" - you are more likely to get a oven - with modern "Swedish" ovens having a window to see the fire. This may come from the fact that older Swiss buildings are more likely to be made of wood.

The "pub" doesn't really exist for the Swiss - you have the village restaurant - which serves drinks too - and where you'll find the stammtisch. And unsurprisingly - you get more of these the further you get away from the wealthy areas.

In general I find Swiss restaurants over lit and over heated - but that's another rant.

Any addresses you'd recommend? Anywhere in CH!
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any addresses you'd recommend? Anywhere in ch!
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Re: It's cosy...yet it's not.

After all this talk of cosiness, I managed one of these by the stove with a U.K. week-end newspaper that my son brought back from Scotland:





Culinary cosiness has a name: sticky toffee pudding!
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Yeah- Geneva has never been cosy! Head up to t'mountains above for cosiness- but not English pub style.

Just returned from 2.5 weeks in lovely Engerland- and yes, we do miss the pubs. But it is so hard to find any that will allow you in with a dog - a nightmare! We did find a few, but only when we explained he is very old and blind and will remain in his 'pram' which they found cute. Can't find anywhere for coffee even - grrrrrr.
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Now in this weather, it's time to get cosy: wine, candles, fire in the stove...ahhh, and it's the week end!
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Re: It's cosy...yet it's not.

Possibly I don't understand the whole thread, maybe because I came from a place without this cozy stile you mention, at the begin what I missed more were the most American style restaurants with juicy ribs and big hamburgers. Now I'm already used with Switzerland offers and when I'm abroad I'll rather look for a good cordon bleu or a Bratwurst with Kartoffelsalat.
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Re: It's cosy...yet it's not.

One issue is the different Swiss idea of cosy, or a good evening!
The village that I live in had a local market on Friday evenings until end of October, more of a social event than a market with a variety of things to eat and drink and a chance to meet people.
One of the local bars has set up a sort of "after October" Friday evening alternative.
I visited this bar tonight for the first time with the intention to drink a couple of glasses of local wine; it was a nice friendly evening with "free" plates of bread, salami and cheese plus a variety of local wines to order.
I finished up drinking a couple of bottles of red wine but left before the serious schnapps drinking because one of the locals managed to fall off his seat and cover me (and himself) with a half litre beer as a result I started to get a bit cold before the end of the evening.
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Possibly I don't understand the whole thread, maybe because I came from a place without this cozy stile you mention, at the begin what I missed more were the most American style restaurants with juicy ribs and big hamburgers. Now I'm already used with Switzerland offers and when I'm abroad I'll rather look for a good cordon bleu or a Bratwurst with Kartoffelsalat.


You are right, this might be comforting, but this is not cosy!
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One issue is the different Swiss idea of cosy, or a good evening!
The village that I live in had a local market on Friday evenings until end of October, more of a social event than a market with a variety of things to eat and drink and a chance to meet people.
One of the local bars has set up a sort of "after October" Friday evening alternative.
I visited this bar tonight for the first time with the intention to drink a couple of glasses of local wine; it was a nice friendly evening with "free" plates of bread, salami and cheese plus a variety of local wines to order.
I finished up drinking a couple of bottles of red wine but left before the serious schnapps drinking because one of the locals managed to fall off his seat and cover me (and himself) with a half litre beer as a result I started to get a bit cold before the end of the evening.

Had it had a roaring log fire, you would have felt warm...and cosy!
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Old 20.11.2015, 22:57
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Re: It's cosy...yet it's not.

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Yeah- Geneva has never been cosy! Head up to t'mountains above for cosiness- but not English pub style.

Just returned from 2.5 weeks in lovely Engerland- and yes, we do miss the pubs. But it is so hard to find any that will allow you in with a dog - a nightmare! We did find a few, but only when we explained he is very old and blind and will remain in his 'pram' which they found cute. Can't find anywhere for coffee even - grrrrrr.

This anti dog thing in England is very strange, very depressing and relatively new - luckily it was summer so mostly we could sit outside; if you press them they say it is due to EU rules which in reality the EU deny!
We found the same problem in Spain although in France, Germany and also here in Switzerland they are happy when you bring your dog in the restaurant
Recently we visited a sick friend in a Swiss hospital and there were no "dog forbidden signs" so we took them along.
The doctors and nurses we met along the way we delighted and made a fuss of our dogs.
The only person who complained about our dogs was the lady who ran the café/kiosk; being originally English I told her to stick her complaint where the sun does not shine.
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Had it had a roaring log fire, you would have felt warm...and cosy!

Indeed, that failed - but like most Swiss bars the temperature was anyway excessive!!
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