Once a blog post is at least two years old you have free licence to use the same material again, confident your readers (and yourself) will have long forgotten it. And you can’t yet plagiarise your own work.
An area immortalised in one of the classics.
Dipton Mill Inn has been in the Guide for a few years, oddly labelled under Hexham itself this year to annoy pub tickers. Several of the Guide entries round here are of the “improved gastro” type that Northumbria does so well (no irony intended), but the Mill looks a masterpiece of leaving a good pub well alone.
I had time for a circular walk around Shield Green in light drizzle before opening, to see how much time I could knock off the Google Maps time estimate (about 20%).
Too misty for great views, bar sheep and the famous “Welly tree“.
The view you as approach the Mill isn’t bad, particularly unencumbered by cars.
This is pretty much the understated country pub of southerners (and American) dreams.
unpretentious good value menu,
just 3 local beers of different strengths but high quality,
and no sign of table reservations.
Cheery, chatty bar staff and locals, most of whom were regulars. The first bar order was lime juice and a cup of tea, which tells you a lot about country pubs in 2018.
Some purists will find it a little bit chintzy, despite the proper seating,
but scatter cushions are compulsory under Hexhamshire Byelaws. And it’s appealing to gentlefolk, not Sam Smiths customers.
A real gem, leaving only one pub in southern Northumberland to tick. When I phoned them up to confirm opening times they told me they were closed for redecoration, which clearly was much too trivial an event for social media.
*It’s all racecourse towns these days; I’ve got an Epsom trip to do so soon.