New GBG Pub No.2 was very exciting. A trip to the Bridge Over The River Yare, inspiration for the 1957 war epic starring David Niven.
More importantly, the first pub in Yarmouth Southtown in the history of retiredmartin. Pint and Pubs ventured here in 2012, before the Beer Guide caught up.
I retraced my steps past the Mobility Scooter of the Day.
and admired an impressive collection of health stores, including one endorsed by professional Footballer legend Cy Goddard.
The stroll across the Yare is the road less travelled, except by our feathered friend (top) who stayed still while I took the shot.
I had no idea what to expect in Southtown. A few discount shops, a large grain store, a lot of St Georges flags.
And a warren of tightly packed terraces, tucked into which we find the least likely new Guide entry of 2019.
Good grief it’s a plain boozer.
As it’s Saturday, here’s a close-up of the carpet. Possibly unique.
It was open early, clearly for the benefit of the one Old Boy at the bar. It would have been daft to sit at the back of the pub, so I joined him.
We were then joined by the pub dog, barking loudly in displeasure as he realised I wasn’t BRAPA.
It was all very jolly.
“Sorry, we’ve only got the one beer on”
“Wonderful ! One is plenty”
Just think how big the Beer Guide would be if every pub with a half-decent Wainwright (cool, tasty, soapy, NBSS 2.5) or similar got in. 300 in Derby, for a start. The Guide entry says “long-standing Landlord of 30 years“, which tells you all you need. Long service awards take many forms.
But the Lichfield, like the King’s Arms, is the sort of Proper Pub where I can put up with average beer, and wish I was allowed to drink bottled Manns to get my tick.
Michael Antonio stared down at me from the West Ham United calendar, I lost interest in the soaps, and drank up, just as a parcel delivery caused some behind-the-bar drama.
“Cheerio mate, take care” said the Old Boy.
The pub cat, perched on the pub dustbin, was less talkative.