Dick and Dave will be safely Back in the USA (was that a song ?) now, but will have to wait a little while longer for my post while I run it past Trump Towers.
Instead I want to praise an unassuming little Essex pub five miles from Harwich Ferry, in the Beer Guide for the first time under its Landlord of 30 years (well done).
We stopped at the Waggon to give Mrs RM a last comfort break before the ferry to Hook, and the last real ale for a fortnight. It’s a very basic roadside pub, more Clacton than Harwich, and the very definition of unpretentious. Aficionados of the Gravesend to Northfleet stretch of pubs will love this place.
You really couldn’t stumble across the Waggon, unless you were looking for a place to bury a body in the misty fields. It really is “Great Expectations” style remote. The pub itself still has the original “Christmas Carol” decorations up too.
We entered to the joyous sound of chat and laughter from the 8 regulars, mostly our age, huddled round the bar. I’d love to know if Beer Guide inclusion has seen a flood of pub tourists, but suspect the GBG bonanza could be counted in pence.
We added £8.10 to the coffers, for a pint, a half, and two J20s. That would have been £11.50 odd in Battersea.
Mrs RM feigned disappointment at the lack of a gastropub menu, but secretly was happy to hang on for the massive bags of crisps on the Stena Line. She thought her pint of Mauldons and half of Shalfleet were good enough, though I didn’t see any other cask pulled during our stay.
I’d bought Mrs RM a BRAPA T-shirt (£15 + P+P) for her birthday, which has given her the heightened powers to overhear conversations like the one between ‘Chelle and Darren about trips to Vegas and the bonus ball on the Christmas raffle. It all sounded like the plot for a Squeeze single c.1979, but instead Pete chose Stereophonics and Stealer’s Wheel.
Pete did apologise for choosing the Elton John though.
I liked it a lot. Cartoons of the Landlord, metal tankards behind the bar, a map of the footpaths of Wrabness, a sense of village community.
Use it or lose it, folk from Wix.
Take a close look at that chair Mrs RM is sitting at; it features heavily in the next instalment.
FOOTNOTE – Pub Curmudgeon has reminded me there was a second pub in Wix once, the relatively recently closed White Hart- see here.