I had no reason to break my train journey in Goole today but I did. Mrs RM may very well have turned down the opportunity. In the ’90s I made her stop there, en route back from Hull and Driffield, more times than is strictly necessary, in the pursuit of the mysteries of Goole Fields.
It looked the best I’ve ever seen it, I’m pleased to say. There’s a Premier Inn nearby now, so they must get the occasional tourist. Quite why anyone on their way to Spurn Head or Bridlington would need to break their journey here I’ve no idea.
The docks area in Old Goole looked gorgeous in the Spring sunshine, and fans of industrial architecture will be well rewarded. I’ve never been here when the Waterways Museum was open but will one day.
The pubs in Old Goole don’t even feature on WhatPub, and to be fair even I chickened out from paying them a visit, even with a Bass lamp on the Middle House. The traditional housing in this part of town looks tidy enough though.
The new town lacks great architecture following pedestrianisation of the shopping streets. You have to go to Aire Street to find a clutch of attractive buildings, including famed biker pub the Macintosh Arms (sadly closed due to fire). If anyone has stayed at the Royal Hotel I’d love to hear from you (DJ till 3am if it makes a difference).
The centre is spick and span at best, with a lot of discount and hardware shops, and not much sign of independent enterprise yet. The main change since my last trip is the Drake Real Ale Bar, part of a smart looking hotel complex, but just a bit too clinical looking for me.
Only the Wetherspoons has been sporadically in the Beer Guide in recent years, and it’s not one of their gems, externally at least. Inside, it’s pleasantly boisterous, with a superb half of Titanic’s Plum Porter (NBSS 3.5), my third this year.
As with Hull, there’s a fair amount of attractive old buildings left to rot, so a great place to launch a micropub (perhaps).
Perhaps it was just the sun, but I really enjoyed the wander along the waterside. Next time I’m up here I might even do Swinefleet.