DRY DARLO

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My morning post was a bit rushed due to “events”, so I failed to do justice to Darlington beyond its pubs.

To remedy that, here’s the highlights from my breakfast stroll, aided by a brand new tourist guide produced by the Borough Council.

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Sadly no mention of the Sam Smiths pub

I’ve commended them on producing a colourful little leaflet to put in hotels and B&Bs; much better than relying on an internet site. Almost as good as Darlo CAMRA’s pub guide.

Being a conventional tourist, I dutifully visited all the main sights, nodding in appreciation at the redbrick civic buildings and Smiths street art.

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Still Ill
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Daffodils
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Town clock showing actual correct time
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Quite a smart library
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Quaint little yards leading down to the market

On Friday morning the pleasantly pedestrianised centre was busier than Cambridge would have been; mostly gentlefolk shopping for “smalls” and pots and pans and Harry Secombe LPs.

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Yours for 50p

But not entirely gentlefolk; plenty of office workers nipping out for elevenses, something not legally permitted below Newark.

20 years ago, Binns was the only department store in the Good Beer Guide, fact fans.

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GBG bottle shop R.I.P.

Now it’s selling Urban Decay, appropriately.

Anyway, you want to see what the Spoons are like, and I wanted to test the new “Miners Benedict“, having already got “First person to taste the Mushroom Benedict” on my CV.

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Spoons helping cask again

Despite those prices, and a Burton Porter that would have cost me just £1.49 with two scruffy vouchers in my wallet, there wasn’t much alcohol being sunk at 9.56 am in the William Stead.

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Charge £1.99 for tasters, I say

But it was heaving, so is hopefully safe from the Spoons cull of second outlets in small towns.

I hope so.  The black pudding in the Miners Benedict was the best I’ve ever had for breakfast.

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Yum

I would have asked Tim Martin, sitting opposite me with his rugby shirt and morning Abbot.

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But he was deep in thought dreaming up new ideas for breakfast Benedicts, so I chickened out.

6 thoughts on “DRY DARLO

  1. I went to that Binns off licence when it was in the Guide. A curious inclusion, there was also an off licence in Kendal around the same time. Darlo is a good drinking town. I was surprised Hole in the Wall hadn’t been in before.

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