Very exciting progress over the last week as I single-handedly revived the Gwent tourism industry en-route to my coveted first complete GBG Welsh county. Actually, it was two nights in Newport WetherHotel, so possibly all it’s benefitting is Watford.
First stop, Ebbw Vale Spoons. It’s all Spoons this week.
Normal travel time 3:01, new super-enhanced 2018 time 4:12. Hurrah for progress.
Steelworks and mines, all gone. But plenty of solid tunnels,
and some relics of the steelworks woven into the area now taken up by a flashy college.
There’s a free elevator ride from the old works to town, which is nice but pointless and costly. I’ve painted the view from the top to irritate you.
Ebbw is one of those Valley towns with a long shopping street without much architectural joy,
bar the dragon.
But it’s a lively centre, with loads of interest to those needing tattoos (7 shops), tattoo removals (8 shops)
and general tat (18 shops). The busiest shops are actually at one of those retail outlets just down the road (Festival Park) , and that’s got a supertubing run our boys enjoyed more than the Thorntons ice cream, when we stayed at the Premier Inn once.
In fact, I’m sure I had a drink at the Picture House back in 2012 when it wasn’t in the Guide, but sloppy spreadsheet work means I can’t be certain, and I’d hate to remember it was only a coke while on my deathbed, invalidating the whole quest.
It’s a bit quiet for 10am on a Thursday, and coffee is beating Carling 10:1, which sounds both healthy and unhealthy at the same time. At least no-one was forming a queue.
One chap was explaining how to a mate how the coffee machine works. Can you mansplain to another man ?
Not much cask competition in Ebbw central, in fact not many bars at all. But from a limited range (hurrah) I had a very flat, Bass-like beer from Rhymney that was between 3.5 and 4.
Astonishingly, the next closest GBG entry is the poshest Guide pub in Wales, the Bear at Crickhowell. Perhaps all the Ebbw Professional Drinkers are there, drinking Draught Bass.