Much of north Sussex looks like my in-laws home in the Wells; green, prosperous, as cluttered as an antiques dealer, but with faded charm. A place they put the tea in before the milk*.
Attractive towns and villages like Crowborough and weatherboarded Rotherfield are really suffering from the effects of traffic these days. They’ll get their bypass by the time Simon gets here in 2045.
There’s still a bit of bucolic Wealds beauty visible from the Millennium park.
But there’s a real lack of youthful vitality in the dormitory places between Tunbridge and Hastings, with some crumbling shops and a lack of independent enterprise.
Nice tiling on Rothersfield High Street though.
The angel in the antiques shop is hiding from a wave of craft that will never arrive.
Beer Guide newbie the Kings Arms is clearly trying to tempt her out of 6A Antiques for an evening of “sparkling comedy” and cutting-edge beers.
Weltons is the least cutting-edge looking beer I’ve ever seen, so Harveys it is (again). Perfectly good; cool, chewy, only slightly impaired by being served in a jug.
Angels don’t eat (perhaps Tom Irvin can be definitive on this), and this is a diner’s pub. Twenty gentlefolk in the dining area, leaving a very pleasant drinking area to five outcasts including myself.
Actually there were six of us, but I doubt this fellow found it as pleasant as I did.
Two “ladies who drank prosecco” gave me a potted history of the local housing market. A friend had been advised against a starting price of £1.6m (“he’ll never sell it“) . £1.6m wouldn’t buy you a small Rossendale town these days.
I kid you not, the other topics were schools for the grandchildren and life assurance. No doubt the social care policies in the Tory manifesto will be this weeks topic, along with Arsenal’s chances in the Europa League. Their dog looked very bored.
Two lads had been perched at the bar with their Peronis, seeing in the start of the weekend in style.
“You still here boys ?” said our wannabe Kirstie Allsop.
They weren’t going anywhere.
*Just wrong. I know.