Mrs RM is working up near Melrose at the moment. This is her office;
Some exciting “Tales From the Borders” coming up, though I suspect stories of General Ledger Upgrades and Password approval protocols would be more exciting to you.
20 years ago Mrs RM was staying in Eaton, just outside Congleton, and drinking pints of Beartown Bearskinful on her expenses. Happy days.
Congleton‘s only real problem is that it isn’t Leek. But it does have boutique B&B, opera, walks along disused rail lines, an oatcake shop and the Cloud (upper right on OS), which presumably is where the Government stores all my photos.
But it lacks classic curry houses, it lacks bargain B&B, and it lacks Bass.
If it’s not quite as black and white as Nantwich, it has its moments.
The Olde White Lion looks particularly inviting, and is the only pub in the pedestrianised High Street I don’t remember going in, which says something about the vibrancy of the local pub scene.
Plenty of shoppers on the pedestrianised and unpretentious main streets, though the average age is probably a decade above what you’d see in Macc. More charity shops than coffee houses, unusually for Cheshire.
Another year, another new entry in “Beartown“. And if you can’t have Bass, I reckon Joules is the next best thing.
The Prince of Wales is particularly gorgeous, though that’s pointless if a pub is empty or lacking atmosphere.
The Prince had a really good mix of drinkers from 40-70 spread around the pub for the football results and domestic banter (something about a 12 bore), interspersed with attempts to identify the ’60s soundtrack. Decent bar snack menu as well.
(“It was “Mrs Robinson” !!!). They did no better with “It’s Getting Better“. I despair of the youth of today and their musical knowledge.
Typical proper pub interiors in the classic Joules style.
Though my notes say “busy interior” as well. Perhaps a bit of overkill on the memorabilia.
I always go for the Pale, another cool NBSS 3.5 here as 2018 starts with some decent beer, defiantly sticking two fingers up to Dryanuary.
Would the hot streak continue into Oatcake land proper ?