Contrary to popular belief, I don’t do this blog just to keep Russ out of trouble, keeping him indoors drafting “witty” responses.
Writing this rubbish is therapeutic, apparently, and trying to match photos to scruffy notes and construct a narrative invigorating.
Next up, Dunbar. Yes, the Dunbar just visited by Duncan.
Lucky Dunbar, two pub obsessives visiting the famous rocks in May.
Duncan is a GBG athlete and cycles here, possibly from Sicily. I take the 20 minute train from Edinburgh with a can of Irn Bru and a bar of haggis chocolate.
Despite the fast train link, Dunbar lacks the tourist hordes that North Berwick enjoys, which means less chance of me bumping into pushchairs and schoolchildren on the attractive high street.
There’s some very strange art in the shops.
As well as the classic Scottish tiling. I enjoyed a gloppy macaroni pie (£1) from the co-operative deli, only later finding out to my horror it contained my entire weekly calories.
Two pubs to sprint to in Dunbar. First up, some Belhaven in Belhaven, an exciting 20 minute macaroni pie aided jog to the brewery.
Oh, it’s closed.
A quick look on the Facebook page told a tale. “Sorry, this content isn’t available at the moment“.
Perhaps just as well, as WhatPub gives me two warnings;
WARNING: Real ale occasionally unavailable.
NOTE: Return Trays (AKA Autovacs /Beer Economisers) in use.
Looking back now I see a further warning about impending refurbishment. Be warned Simon.
Now, you might wonder how a pub closed for refurbishment with unpredictable ale availability and return trays can be in the Guide when the Coopers Arms isn’t. You might, I couldn’t possibly comment. And I love the autovac.