THE POLITENESS OF KIRKBY LONSDALE

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I woke bright and early on my birthday, ready to face the world. Starting with the gentlefolk outside Booths in Kirkby Lonsdale. It’s a very Booths & Barbour sort of place.

But very polite they were, and smiled at the Father Christmas murdering “Fairytale of New York”.

Kirby Lonsdale

This is a town that scored highly in Pub Curmudgeon’s small town poll this year, as well as being a favourite of my drinking/curry buddy Charles.

I confess it’s passed me by, there never seemed a lot to it, bar the Orange Tree.

Decent cobbles,

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Don’t slip up on your birthday

And a superlative view that some bloke called Ruskin has trademarked.

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Ruskin’s View. Luck sod.

Sure, pleasant old coaching inns, starched cafes, and as many ironmongers as any town needs. A bit twee, I think the word is. Genteel may be another one.

Both of those fit the local microbrew tap, the Royal Barn.

With it’s giant, er, barn-like openness and scatter cushions Mrs RM would have loved it. She might even be getting some inspiration for conversion potential for another barn.

You can tell the calibre of a place by the colour of the scarf a gentleman wears to it.

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Men’s scarf of the week

Actually, it had a bit of worn-in character, having previously been used as a lock-up for dissenters against craft in the 17th century.

Today the crimes are against music, with a soundtrack of the Corrs and Tracy Chapman to accompany a huge workforce putting up Christmas decorations (on 22/12 ?).

Odd looking brewery

An upmarket, improved, Brewhouse and Kitchen” I thought, self-assuredly.

Lilleys get everywhere

The Gold was very good, cool and rich (NBSS 3.5). Beer isn’t always that great in a Brewery Tap, particularly when they fluff it out with gins and gingerbread men.

If only they’d given me a drink and a cake free, AS IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY.

22 thoughts on “THE POLITENESS OF KIRKBY LONSDALE

    1. Yes, indeed, a proper bakers.
      Long before Richard Coakes became Kirkby Lonsdale’s baker and the town’s Chamber of Trade and Commerce spokesman I knew him as an Eccleshall resident and fellow committee member of the local CAMRA branch, but that was probably at least forty years ago.

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  1. Happy belated birthday, Martin. You and I are close enough in age that I think I can say with confidence that we remember the disco era, but not with great clarity, and for that we should perhaps be grateful. 😉

    Interesting to think that “beer isn’t always that great in a Brewery Tap.” Is it that the beer is *too* fresh? Or for some other reason?

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      1. I see; well perhaps it’s the opposite of what I thought. Though the beers are brewed just yards away from the dispense point, if they put loads of them on tap and don’t sell the product particularly quickly, the beers can in fact be not very fresh at all.

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  2. “outside Booths in Kirby Lonsdale.”

    Kirkby my good man.

    “Don’t slip up on your birthday”

    If you do, you’ll be hobbled on the cobbles (and can give Si a go with regards to wonky knees).

    “that some bloke called Ruskin has trademarked.”

    He’s no kin of mine. (in fact, at first I had him mixed up with Teddy Ruxpin) 🙂

    ” Genteel may be another one.”

    (nods)

    “You can tell the calibre of a place by the colour of the scarf a gentleman wears to it.”

    That’s a dig at Si, innit?

    “having previously been used as a lock-up for dissenters against craft in the 17th century.”

    Or what we would call Luddites. 🙂

    “to accompany a huge workforce putting up Christmas decorations (on 22/12 ?).”

    Sigh, there’s no pleasing you is there? They either put them up too early or too late and either way you’ll complain. 😉

    “AS IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY.”

    Did you tell them?

    Cheers

    PS – “With it’s giant, er, barn-like openness ”

    Lose the apostrophe my good man.

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      1. I expect a publican somewhere intent on increasing by half the price the price of his pork baps or pork cobs has relabelled them as Cobbled Pork.

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