HEART OF GLASS (OF ALE) – PUB TICKER ACTION MAN IN MARKYATE

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There’s been a host of horrors for GBG completists in this year’s Guide. Brewery taps only open 11 days a year, Cricket clubs open for 8pm till midnight on Fridays, and the usual motley collection of micro pubs that open when they feel like it.

What would greet me at my penultimate Herts tick in marvellous Markyate ?

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Watch out for lions

As LifeAfterFootball will know, the village is named after ’90s legend and Birmingham City team mate Mark Yates, whose miss-timed shot at nearby Kenilworth Road actually crossed the county boundary and landed just off the A5, flattening the original settlement.  These things happen.

Nowadays Markyate has all the things a village of 3,135 needs.  A Dog Café,

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three (3) Indian takeaways, a Proper Pub,

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Floral

an abandoned Benskins sign,

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Even Russ can guess this pub

and our micro, hopefully opening on the dot of five (pm.  It’s not Luton Airport).

I confess I was sceptical; but at 5.02 the door was open, and I was first in.

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As visited by Charles Wesley on his own ticking tour

Well, not quite first.  I’d been beaten there by about 330 Action Men, most sporting hipster beards.

The barrels contained the less hipster Tring, Rebellion and Chiltern.

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Action Men guarding the precious cask

The owners were actually away, but a lovely couple had returned from their new home in Carmarthen just to serve me a decent pint of Chiltern.  The chatty lady even recommended it to me when I asked.

Places like this give micro pubs a good name.

Proper seating,

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Ignore the cushions

Blondie’s Greatest Hits,

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Top HiFi

World Cup ’66 memorabilia,

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and the sort of toilet humour invented just for BRAPA.

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Sensible
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Less sensible

It was just about to get rowdy when I drank up, with regulars making a dash for the cult vinyl pile.  For five points, name TWO of those LPs.

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13 thoughts on “HEART OF GLASS (OF ALE) – PUB TICKER ACTION MAN IN MARKYATE

  1. Nice Benskins sign. You managed to capture the pub and all it’s many aspects. I was in a stupid rush when there and the place was heaving so couldn’t walk the walls or even read the rules not to misfire in the toilet. Faster is clearly not always better.

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  2. Something akin to the best of Hot Chocolate (not got that one) on top & could well be No Secrets by Carly Simon 4th down. GOK what the others are.

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  3. “in marvellous Markyate”

    How does one pronounce that?

    Mark-yate

    Mark-y-ate

    Mar-ky-at-e

    The combinations are infinite! 🙂

    “hopefully opening on the dot of five (pm. It’s not Luton Airport).”

    (chuckle)

    “Ignore the cushions”

    Bracketing a Good Beer Guide it looks like.

    “Sensible”

    Yep. 🙂

    “Less sensible”

    I didn’t know they had same-sex bathrooms back in 1957. 😉

    “For five points, name TWO of those LPs.”

    Well, the LP out of its cover (right underneath) is the Very Best of Hot Chocolate. But that’s all I got. 😉

    Cheers

    PS – Regarding the post title; do you sometimes make up a title and then go hunting for a pub to match? 🙂

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  4. Terrific stuff 👍 I think Yates would be joining you on a regular basis unless Macclesfield pick up some points! Micros are the way forward …only way to make a living…blondie are underrated and great band ⚽👍🍻

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