90% of this Beer Guide blogging lark is just a good title*. They’re generally far too clever for you lot, so here’s an easy one today. I may have used it in a certain West Sussex town already, but you can’t plagiarise yourself.
I rose very early on Friday morning, to the sound of “Wake Up to Money” on Radio 5 and Chinese cartons all over the place. It’s low-level debauchery, but it’s my debauchery.
This, I kid you not, was the sunrise from my room.
The Royal Hotel doesn’t do breakfast, in fact you’re locked in on your own overnight until the cleaner gets there, so I had to pop to Spoons for my Eggs Benedict (posh eggs on toast if you’re a commoner).
Just time to admire the bar before I left,
and remember to check my room for power cables, one of which I’ll always leave in any B&B.
The drizzle started just as I left Spoons, but I resolved to take some photos anyway.
That means more to Matthew Lawrenson to me.
On to Heysham, an odd place you wouldn’t leave your car overnight but with a certain upmarket tourism around the coast and the two historic chapels that got the village into the Rough Guide (ahead of Burton-upon-Trent).
A lovely bit of coast, only spoilt by having to say “Good Morning” to everyone every two minutes.
Nothing can spoil the view from St Patricks Chapel.
For five points, name the Brummie LP cover taken here.
Still, I had an hour to kill before catching up with Pubmeister and Maltmeister for the ferry, an hour in the rain. So I killed half that time inThwaites flagship the Royal Hotel, one of the smartest conversions I’ve seen outside Brunning & Price.
Proper coffee AND Black Pepper & Ginseng Handwash. And polite society fussing about where to sit. Winner.
I then caught up with Duncan and t’other Martin, two legends of GBG ticking, who decided a quick half in the Old Hall was possible.
It’s a Proper Pub; old, large and slightly scruffy, too small for Brunning & Price but wasted as a haven for Professional Drinker. The beer range stretched to the “new” Tetley from Leeds Brewery, and was scarily good. I bet it won’t get in the Guide, unless they move it brick-by-brick to Motherwell.
A good start for the boys.
*The other 15% is being good at spreadsheets so you can keep up to date with ticking progress.