“Never write posts after a penalty shoot-out” says the Pub Bloggers Manual. Oh well.
I have a lot of photos and scrappy notes from the Great Penrith, Ayr & Glasgow Campervan Trip of 2018, some of them usable.
Before I start on twenty-three pubs, here’s the quiz.
“What will be the average NBSS score across those 23 ? ” (23 points, obvs).
Paisley residents can’t enter; entries must be received by 3am Toronto time tomorrow.
Anyway, let’s start in Penrith. At the Crown in Eamont Bridge.
We were last here in 2003 when Mrs RM won a luxury hotel break in Glenridding by devising a limerick about handwash (I think), and Penrith seemed a bit earthy compared to the Lakeland villages. I couldn’t even remember if it had a Heron Foods or not.
Five hours up the A14/A1/A66, most of it seemingly on the little bit of A14 at Girton renamed Hell, and around Scotch Corner Mrs RM started to look for somewhere to leave our campervan for the night.
I gave her a budget of a fiver, she got the Crown for free, a nice Thai lady just asking us to park up in their big car park. You’re expected to drink or eat, but Pad Thai for £7 was always going to be a good deal. More pubs should let you camp overnight in their car park.
Despite being set in a pretty village with King Arthur’s Round Table (the actual one), standing stones and a stone bridge, the Crown was very much your Cumbrian community boozer.
We tipped up at 5.30 on Friday. A couple of locals were jossing with the landlord, a proper South Londoner who’d got lost in Shap and never got back to Stockwell.
Look what he had on;
I’m not sure if he appreciated the sincerity of my joy at only seeing one pump in a bar selling mainly Youngers Scotch by the look of it.
And that Gold Wing was “Good”, perhaps “Very Good”. No less a beer sommelier than Mrs RM said so, but then she did get first dib at the crisps. Life outside the Beer Guide.
We asked about food times. I sensed they’d feed you when you turned up. I sensed the Crown was a bit too “earthy” for the Center Parks crowd (spit) who expect named table reservations and stands for their pashminas.
The Gents is spectacular.
We sensed a lively evening when we returned from Penrith Proper, and we were right.