When you’re as far east as Hull it pays to take the opportunity to visit one of our most geographic remarkable features, one that (like midweek drinking) probably won’t be with us in another 20 years time. And pay homage to one of our most remarkable pub survivors.
The walk from the Kilnsea car park takes about an hour each way, well beyond the reach of the average CAMRA member, of course. Consequently Spurn’s lone pub gets short thrift from (otherwise venerable) Hull & East Yorks CAMRA, more focused on Dizzy Blondes in Driffield and beer festivals at North Ferriby FC.
Perhaps the best view of Spurn Head is from the air, but unlike Pubmeister I don’t have a private jet so this is courtesy of Bing Maps.
Note the boat just west of the spit. It’s actually delivering supplies from Docks Beers in Grimsby to the Dolphin, once one of 17 pubs on Spurn but now clinging on and waiting for ACV status or an attractive offer from a member of Radiohead to buy it as an art piece.
Of course, if the locals wanted their own micropub, now compulsory in all West Lancashire and Kent villages, there’s a number of sites that could be converted.
My only photos of the Dolphin were taken some years ago. There may be more on Alan Winfield’s site, of course.
Outdoor toilets, inevitably, though no-one will see you taking a leak unless they’ve got binoculars like those twitchers. Oh.
I actually thought I’d captured the eponymous dolphins but Mrs RM tells me these are actually seals. Pedant.
Apparently the Dolphin has only been visited 7 times in the 12 years since the smoking ban, resulting in a paltry number of NBSS scores. The one pin of York Guzzler is reported to nonetheless be in better condition than the one in Llansilin.
Hull CAMRA may be missing a trick here. The battle to have the most remote entry in the Beer Guide is keenly fought since the Old Forge in Inverie dropped out following the refusal to give whisky tasters.
The Dolphin could well compete with that Welsh beach pub and the Conservative Club in Maidenhead that’s accessed by a fracture in the space-time continuum.
Failing that, perhaps they should crowd-fund an extension to the half-completed bridge from the jetty so visits are possible outside low tide.
Now that would be campaigning.