After a few posts basking in the reflected glory of toping with BRAPA, I feel a bit guilty about bringing you a few more where nothing happens except for me asking for a drink, it being poured and me drinking it. Sorry.
But at least you get some nice pictures of Hebden Bridge, a sort of pashmina purgatory for the Pennines. The TIC can use that for free.
I had half an hour before Drink ? opened, which is enough time to bump into a dozen people saying “Sorry” when they haven’t done anything, and take in the bits of town that make it look like a high class Halifax.
Oh, forgot the map. I keep forgetting some of you are Southerners and have never been further north than St Albans.
It’s noticeable that Hebden has become the new Holmfirth almost overnight, a place that folk go to just to spend £2.80 on a cappuccino and stare aimlessly in shops of no interest at all to them.
The Fox & Goose is a tremendous boozer, but it’s the Trades Club with its mix of Shoreditch hipster and Wheeltappers & Shunters Club that has the best evening out.
At least I have a reason to be there, and Drink ? wins points for daring to open at 11am on Sunday, which would never be allowed in Todmorden.
I always have a frisson of excitement entering a traditional multi-room Proper Pub with its inevitable odd-balls and rituals, but the new wave of beer shops/Taps rarely surprise.
Barrels for seats, beer books, two shelves of bottles. This could be Sandbach or Sheffield or Southend.
But the seating is well-judged, and it’s cosy enough.
Best of all, there was (temporarily) a choice of one on handpump.
Tip to pubs: If you’re going too have one beer on handpump, make it a North Riding. This was a first-out-of-the-pumps-on-Sunday NBSS 4. Cool, rich, tasty. Exemplary.
No-one to annoy or eavesdrop on, a manager setting up, so I just admired the artwork.
I’ll confess I did wonder, just for a moment, what a pint of Tetley Bitter at Drink ? would taste like. Perhaps Mr Coldwell could persuade him to give it a try (the Wolves version, not the Leeds pale imitation).