LAND OF GREEN GINGER AND CHILLI DEVILS

 

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A second new GBG pub for Hull, but not one that had inspired much excitement, despite BRAPA’s positive pre-emptive review a couple of years back.  I see in the comments that John Watson said pessimistically “not a shoe-in for the GBG“.  But then John’s a Mackem.

I’d assumed Chilli Devil’s was one of those hipster places focused on £10.9 bowls of chow and gin, forgetting this is Hull. I was also unreasonably irritated by the apostrophe.

But I always get a frisson of excitement from the Land Of Green Ginger sign, just as you do on entering the City of Dan (Whitwick) or the City of Lights (Simple Minds).

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Great name, small street

You get to pass the George, with the smallest pub window in England and, coincidentally, Theakston Old Peculier.

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5.30pm.  No-one awake yet

In contrast, our new Guide hero looks like a Labour Club in Mexborough, always a good sign.

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Proud to be small, unlike Magic Rock

Fear not, Chilli Devil(‘)s, I thought you were wonderful.  Enthusiastic (almost gave me SatNav directions to the Yorkshire Brewhouse when I ordered a half), cheery, warm.

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Flippin’ Eck needs that apostrophe though

The beer was cool, the banter bold, the music blues.

A similar crowd to Vintage, all having a great time.

“If I’m a nuisance tell e to b****r off”

“Nah, I’m not fragile”

Actually, one of those lines may have been mine, I’m not exactly ascribing dramatis personae to these little plays that go in in Proper Pubs.

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They’re having a great time, unlike you

If I’d been bored, I could have played Buckaroo like a sad postgraduate student in Reading or similar.

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Fun for all the family

Instead I admired the world map, marked up with all the places where Pubmeister had watched non-league matches.

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Are those smarties

I’d timed my Hull ticking perfectly for the next stage of my evening, and still had time to get casually lost and wait for people to dawdle past The Empress.

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Looks great….
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Yellow phone box set beautifully against civic Hull

And just enough time at the station to admire a Cambridge and Hull legend.

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Oh, Ian Ashbee’s magic, he wears a magic hat…

 

7 thoughts on “LAND OF GREEN GINGER AND CHILLI DEVILS

  1. Great map. Can’t recall that being there when I did it as a BRAPA confidential pre-emptive. Admire a player who will only play for clubs in black and gold. You appear to have inadvertently omitted City of the Dead (insert city of choice), one of the greatest ever B-sides.

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