A ROCHFORD RUMBLE (AGAIN)

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Back in Essex to finish off ticking our most consistent county for pubs. Mirroring the rest of the country, this year the last three ticks are a micro, a brewery tap and a very Proper Pub.

The micro was so worthy but dull that I can’t bring myself to bore you with pictures of its identikit barrels-for-seats and high tabled interior (think Hebden) and admittedly good Suffolk Pale.  But it’s not about beer, is it ?

So instead here’s Rochford, where you’ll always get a pub experience, like it or lump it. I thought this might be a radical new help yourself beer pump, but sadly it dispenses Strongbow Dark Fruits.

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It’s the future
Rochford
Not much for Russ here

The town looked very autumnal, it being autumn.  Most folk would describe this as a middling town, in every sense.

Enough shops (mostly pet shops and nail bars),

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Del Shannon LPs

just enough pubs, though Shep’s Kings Head has gone,

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and just enough attractive feeling to offset the sense you’re back in 1987.

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Acacia Avenue
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Another great garage font
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Seafood hut in the car park at the Horse & Groom

Most people would head through to the riverside pub in Paglesham, which is what we did a year ago, before stopping for chips here.  They lasted us all the way to the M25.

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Crispy chips

I did a full tour waiting for the 11am opening, touring the hospitals, charity shops and the Greggs, where I gave in to the tuna crunch and cappuccino lunch deal.

I then had the issue of where to leave my coffee cup while I went in the Rose & Crown for my tick.  You can’t take your own hot drinks in a pub, can you, even if Si takes his lunch in.

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Not a pub
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A great pub, but the wrong one

I hid in behind the advertising board, and hoped no-one used it for alternative purposes.

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Watney !

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I entered at 11.10am to find ten regulars already in (there’s no Spoons in Rochford), and the first Danny Wilson LP playing.

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Sometimes you don’t need to caption photos, do you ?

Two Old Boys were complaining about Christmas decorations.

“Not fooking Christmas, already, is it ?”   

That will be the theme for every pub conversation till Christmas Eve.

A traditional, sprawling pub where anyone would be welcome to join in at the bar, or hide away in the seats round the edge.

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Proper seating

I had a half of the cutting-edge craft from Sharp’s, which was smooth and lovely (NBSS 3+) and only £3.20 a pint.  It tasted its 5%, too.

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The regular

Yeah, get in there. TENNER !!” said the chap in the padded jacket, showing the barmaid his scratch card. That’s excitement you don’t get in a micro pub.

Romanian craft bars were OK, but it was good to get back in an English boozer where they play deep cut Abba you don’t recognise, rather than deep house.

But you only take so much padded jacket.

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*Send us a stamped addressed envelope and a picture of your cat and I’ll send you a mini review. If you must.

15 thoughts on “A ROCHFORD RUMBLE (AGAIN)

  1. “But it’s not about beer, is it ?”
    Yes, that’s what I’ll be saying in Stockport on 3rd January, not that anything can match Robinsons or Humphrey’s beer.

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  2. “But it’s not about beer, is it ?”

    If it was just about the beer you’d be avoiding place with ‘plant pot p*ss’ like the plague. 🙂

    “It’s the future”

    That reminds me of the last photo on that poster in the ladies’ loo in Bucharest. 😉

    “Not much for Russ here”

    I was going to ‘toss off’ a remark confusing ‘Wakering’ for ‘Wankering’ but will refrain. 🙂

    “and nail bars”

    Those things are everywhere! You can’t swing a cat without hitting one in downtown New York. We even have one in my town on our ‘high street’. Sheesh

    “I hid in behind the advertising board, and hoped no-one used it for alternative purposes.”

    If it was near the ‘Golden’ Lion, I’d be a bit leery. 😉

    “Sometimes you don’t need to caption photos, do you ?”

    (bites tongue)

    “That will be the theme for every pub conversation till Christmas Eve.”

    Yep. 🙂

    “showing the barmaid his scratch card. ”

    I hope that’s not a euphemism.

    “*Send us a stamped addressed envelope and a picture of your cat and I’ll send you a mini review. If you must.”

    Pretty sure we can cobble something together from some of your earlier post. 🙂

    Cheers

    PS – And with that, I’m caught up!*

    * – for now

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  3. “just enough attractive feeling to offset the sense you’re back in 1987” –When I saw this I wanted to say, “But I *liked* 1987,” until I gave it a little more thought and realized I mostly just liked how young I was in 1987.

    You referred to Simon taking his lunch into pubs, and I said to myself, “If he could make it count as a tick, I bet he’d sneak the beer in.” 😉

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