1. Laughing Duck
Halealond – Located one league north of the Great West Road on the Mering Stream.
The Inn of the Laughing Duck is a family owned and operated Public House. Established eight generations ago, the original building was partially destroyed in III 2906 during an Orc raid. The new hostelry is a simply crafted, large stone structure with a walled courtyard. The remains of the old timber frame structure have since been refurbished and now house the cider press and brewery. The original wooden bar was salvaged and retains innumerable carvings that date as far back as III 2680. The names of past patrons and quotes left by long ago travelers serve as both a humorous and poignant reminder of a community’s resilience.
Because of its proximity to Anórien and the Great West Road, there is often a diverse clientele. Surprisingly, Sindarin is spoken by the proprietress, as well as the expected Westron and Rohirric.
Accommodations - There are 20 beds; four private rooms and two larger sleeping rooms - all comfortable and meticulously maintained. Five garderobes are available to the public and in each private guestroom there are screened-off commodes. As would be expected in Rohan, the stable is roomy and clean; the feed is of the highest quality.
Fare - The food is simple but finely flavored and served in generous portions. The breads are particularly light and if Trout is offered, try it. There is frequently music and the locals do love to dance. For those wishing a more sedate repast, there is a small dining area separate from the main pub. Its decor is plain, but cozy. The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere relaxed.
Potables - What sets this establishment apart is its fine hard ciders and honey mead. Both produced on site by the Inn’s current owner and aged in cool storage cellars under the Inn itself.
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