As it’s my birthday (will be on table 53 all day) I get to post on a place without a pub visit.
The date for the 2018 Straw Bear Festival (Sat 13 Jan) is in my diary so you’ll get another report from the A605, probably in March the way this blog is going.
I’m intrigued by places that have never had GBG entries. Crowland is just 10 miles north but manages to escape the attention of Mr Protz’s book.
Is that because Peterborough CAMRA has no active members there ? Or because the pubs aren’t much cop ?
Whatever, the town is worth the trip.
The squat stump of the Abbey draws you in, even now the town has a flashy bypass so you can get to Spalding a minute quicker.
If this was in Kent or Sussex you sense there’d be a teashop and a micropub on the premises. Here, all is quiet.
Crowland has less than 5,000 (old) souls, so 3 pubs* probably isn’t too bad.
You get good views from the Olde Abbey, waiting for your pint of Doom Bar.
If Doom Bar doesn’t appeal (what’s wrong with you ?), the George & Angel has
Tiny Rebel Pufft Black Sheep, and the mysterious Crown has “1 changing beer“. Away from the craft bubble, this is the real world, folks.
At midday on Tuesday it’s eerily quiet, clearly all at Spoons in Spalding.
So I have the triangular bridge all to myself !
Trinity Bridge doesn’t actually go anywhere, but that’s half the appeal. You can stand at the top and admire the bustle. If there was any bustle.
And that’s your lot. An essential Fenland visit. Come on Peterborough CAMRA, make my day, get Crowland in the Beer Guide.
*and a 4th, the Olde Bridge just out of town by the Welland. Don’t fall in !