As you can probably tell Mrs RM has sorted out my laptop. John Lewis wouldn’t help, but Lenovo were happy to talk through their unique TIOTIOA solution.
This means I can post on Wellingborough’s surprisingly attractive centre at last, and put my comments on the Coach & Horses in context.
I searched for something interesting to say about the town. It was, I understand, the location for the car chase scenes in “Starsky and Hutch“, which presumably explains the naming of these statues after David Soul’s 1977 classic.
Apart from that, the tree-lined street out to the former Grammar School (past pupil – David Frost) is probably the highlight.
The retail centre is functional, which is a bonus for me, though the lovely folk in the micro later were dumbstruck that Mrs RM would do her shopping here. Where there’s a Morrisons,there’s Prosecco and chocolate.
This was a sixth trip to Welly (?), a first since those statues went up, and I could only remember a few attractive buildings round by the old abbey. Like this one;
The pubs looked tremendous though, perhaps at their best on a chilly Saturday late afternoon. Not tremendous in an exciting beer range way, but from looking lived-in and cheery. Even the Wetherspoons, colours beautifully contrasting with Rowlatts Ironmongers.
Nothing looked more inviting than the Little Ale House, a micro-pub with particularly friendly locals. Even one chap keen to be photographed (badly).
A display board I can actually read, a good, compact range of local beers (Phipps NBSS 3.5) and one of those “Choose the next beers” systems we love so much.
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One of the cheeriest pubs of the year, and keen to pr0mote a second micro that had just opened at the station. I’m saving that for a future GBG.
Talking of which, the Coach & Horses that so terrified me with it’s 27 casks has the sort of pub window I like, and the sort of consistent beer quality others only dream of.
NB You can read Alan Winfield’s report on Wellingborough here. I recommend it.