First things first. Best wishes to Norwich United’s Andy Eastnaugh for a quick recovery from the sickening injury that brought a premature end to my Non-League experience yesterday. Not a good way for anyone to spend your 30th birthday.
The collision happened straight from the kick-off, bringing an understandable abandonment after 16 seconds.
I’ll be back in October to review the catering, though possibly not the Doom Bar and IPA.
A premature end did give me the chance to explore that lovely Fenland scenery that people who don’t live there write about. There were lots of fields like theseon the way to Qua Fen Common.
No street art, unless you count the little knitted purse the fish wears.
QUIZ TIME – Why does the fish have a purse ?
Unless you’re a windmill ticker, the Common is probably the highlight, a vast expanse of grazing horses and carrots. And dog walkers.
Back in town, the highlight is the Fountain, with it’s weighbridge, pool table and Doom Bar. Mrs RM called it quite pleasant, which is fair enough.
Apart from that, Soham has an excellent skate park, church and more beauty salons and takeaways than you could ever need. Just see how bustling it is on Bank Holiday Monday;
I was feeling quite brave so had popped in the Ship pre-match. If there’s a shorter description on WhatPub I’d be surprised. Following my visit I can only add that this is your model for a basic one bar Greene King pub with massive smoking shelter.
I suppose I had to visit this one eventually, on the way to ticking all of Cambridgeshire’s pubs, but I felt slightly miffed I’d picked Beer Fest day. Actually, the Fest had rather oddly finished on Sunday. Locals were contemplating the decline of the Bank Holiday bender, as they put away Carling and local cider.
The barmaid was very cheery, pointing me to the remainder of the Fest ales. I stuck with the Otter Amber, as I couldn’t have lived with myself if I’d walked away without trying ale from my my brewer of choice in recent months. The taste of honey told me I should have come the day before, when I suspect it would have been a drinkable pint.
Most drinkers were congregating outside the Tasca Portuguese café, one of two in town. Super Bock is probably your best bet in Soham, particularly matched with calamari.