Another post without NBSS ratings, but this time with some pubs for you North Americans to lust over. Who knows, I may even be able to persuade Dick & Dave to visit (come on market day) and visit a real boozer.
Like the Britannia, Boston‘s gem (top and below). Actually, the Batemans sign had gone and it was looking a bit sad.
I’m not saying Boston is the only other worthwhile stop between Skegness and Dereham; you can make the case for Holbeach if you like.
The cobbled streets around St Botolph’s Church are surprisingly attractive, but attract hardly any tourists except feathered ones.
Two old boys were waiting impatiently for opening time at Goodbarns Yard, a surprise re-entry into the Guide, and Boston’s only central GBG entry. In fact, Boston boasts no Batemans pubs in the Beer Guide now, which tells you a lot.
Some of the best views in Lincolnshire are from the top of the Stump, and I’d decided that (possibly) the steepest climb in England was just what we needed after Lincolnshire sausage and Bury black pudding at breakfast.
The climb nearly killed Charles, and he’s fit for a Scotsman. To be fair, it nearly killed me a few years ago when I misjudged it completely.
Worth it for the view.
Back at ground level, I recovered with three flat whites in the average Spoons, while Charles perused the closing down bargains in Legends.
Having paid for 2 hours in the car park, we felt obliged to track down a few other gems, like the Masonic Hall,
and the windows at the New Inn,
and the department store.
But all this history is as nothing compared to the tiny Man Flower, the curiously named Chinese restaurant on Wide Bargate.
Do prices like this cheap exist anywhere else in England ?