By 6.20pm I was back in Newport Bus Station waiting for the connection back to Yarmouth ferry.
The No.7 should have got there by 6.54pm, giving me a mad but successful dash on to the boat (which hadn’t started boarding at Lymington that morning till 2 minutes before it left).
We got the learner driver, didn’t we. I’m not saying we were slow, but by the time we arrived the dialling code had changed from 01983 to 01987. I mean, who slows down at corners in the dark ? (joke)
So, 18:54 ETA became 19:04, and I arrived to find the ship had sailed.
It wasn’t the last sailing, but I’d been keen to get back to Christchurch and catch up on some sleep before the big day ahead with BRAPA.
I did one last check on the King’s Head, just in case anyone had opened it since the morning.
Plenty of ways to waste an hour in Yarmouth, though they looked more bistro than boozers.
Anyway, the Bugle had one of those yellow AA signs; they’re always a sign of a good pint.
The local CAMRA branch have highlighted the decline in pubs in the Isle, and to be honest none of them were that busy, albeit it was a Tuesday before February half-term.
Half a dozen locals at the bar, but I succumbed to the peace and quiet of the pubbier bit of the dining area with a good but overpriced burger.
Perhaps because it was served in a Doom Bar glass, their house beer from Yates was cool and tasty, an NBSS 3.5 contender for beer of the day. So good I had a half of Landlord, just as impressive. Vote it into GBG20 and make my visit worthwhile.
Proving that Wight had happily returned to 1983, music came from Flashdance (“Maniac“), “Down Under” and Tears for Fears, whose debut album doesn’t get enough plays in pubs. There’s going to be a lot of second-hand copies of Now….1983 on the Newport Car Boot sale in the future.
Good beer to end, a good local Guide to commend to you, and a pleasant little café on the Wight link ferry shared with five foot passengers (a 20% increase on the outward leg).
I’ll do the other seven pubs from Portsmouth, in the sure and certain knowledge that the east of the island will be a bit more boisterous (I hope).
Anyway, BRAPA next up.