I’m not sure Mrs RM is enjoying her contract in the Borders as much as I am; I hope the tired Greene King IPA and deep fried haggis at our hotel are compensation for being shouted at because Scots can’t find the “On” button.
Only one day ’till Kelso, which I hope you’ll find exciting as I promised (checks notes). Oh yes, it will be.
Coldstream wasn’t bad, either. Smaller than I remember, just a sign at the bridge, a money-changing booth and three pubs along Kelso road. The Guards did a duff job of keeping us out.
And both its real ale outlets taunting me from Page 637 of the Guide.
Into the bosom of the Besom, as Mrs RM would say.
The lounge looks closed, and in the cosy bar three locals, friendly enough, settled in for the evening.
I wait for Mrs RM to say the immortal line,
“I haven’t come all this way to drink beer from down the road !”
But she’s already sat down in the undeniably plush back seat, her Pipers order placed.
Look closely at the top photo and you’ll see a full display of Brigg’s finest exports. I opt for the Wissington Tomato (NCSS 4). The Gunner tasted decent, though this was a Tennent’s pub.
Also a “Proper Pub“, more akin to Ayr’s town boozers than the ornate palaces of Edinburgh that Mrs RM is getting acquainted with on Monday nights.
The three at the bar took turns to smoke in the Sunday drizzle, showing little interest at all in Rochdale’s 94th minute equalizer against Spurs. How I love it when top Premiership sides come a cropper at third tier teams !
“Hikety Hakety Hokety Hi” *
says the chap in the middle, which translates as “That Harry Kane, he’s no good“. Disdain for Harry Kane is a viable for many of these blog posts. Except the Antwerp Arms in Tottenham.
My notes also mention “Vicar chased down the road” and “cold front on the way“, at least one of which will be in the Daily Mirror and therefore true.
As we left they were running through a list of BBC salaries and excoriating the stars concerned. “Chris Evans gets £2.25m for THAT nonsense“.
A great start to Coldstream, with ever better/worse/weirder to come.
* If you know what it means I’m you’ll tell me