I knew we should have gone in Matlock‘s Spoons when we walked past last year on a glorious Summer day. Perhaps we did go in. Google maps might know.
But Matlock is always worth a return trip, even if the M&S Food Hall makes you unreasonably irate by not recognising anything as part of the meal deal.
You always spot something of note on a return trip, even if it’s just the proximity of the football ground to the Wetherspoons.
The big “attraction” in Matlock is the little car that got stuck on top of a pedestal in 1996 after misjudging a turn, and has been left there as a warning against the transitory nature of time etc.
It’s a regal looking Spoons.
Yes, this is where the Retired Gentlefolk (I only meet one of those descriptions) congregate. The Spoons model isn’t dead yet.
Notice the chap in the foreground with a pint of BBB. Good man. The Crown carries the usual exotica Iike Doom Bar and Abbot, but I played safe with the Thornbridge Stout, which was typically cool and tasty (NBSS 3.5). But £3.19 ? Wow.
The drama, which BRAPA would have loved, came when some bloke (let’s call him retiredmartin) asked for a cup for a flat white. Three times he irritatingly asked for a cup for a flat white. Three times the barman said “Americano or Latte“. Then it struck
me him. They don’t have the new self-service machines in Matlock. Matlock has no flat white.
Also no tables at all, so I took the last seat in the house, next to Noel. Fruit machines are quite hypnotic, aren’t they ?