Good Beer Guide geography is a source of amazement to the Royal Society of GBG Tickers.
Exhibit A. Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield. Half a mile from Huddersfield Station
But listed in the GBG under Birkby, to the amazement of the residents of Birkby, if there are any.
Exhibit B. The Culver Haven Inn, Culver Down, Isle of Wight.
3.4 miles out from the castle, and an hour’s walk along the coast path from Sandown, where it’s GBG listed. Still quicker to walk than wait for the bus though.
The walk along the seafront is not a happy sight for fans of the British seaside resort;
I mentioned Withernsea as a comparison yesterday; that may have been harsh on the finest East Coast resort starting with “W”.
But I’m a sucker for coastal paths, and this one promises both cliffs and a GBG tick.
The walk is great, on soft and springy ground, and I bound past some 20-somethings with my customary insouciance, probably getting too close to the edge once or twice.
At the top OAPS were dressed as if for an assault on ben Nevis, and anxious Barbour-class families urged their little Arthur to “come thru’ the gate and get out of the man’s way“.
The wind whipped up and the mist descended as I approached the Culver Haven, and I’d be lying if I told you I found “One of the best pub views in the UK”.
Not a wondrous sight inside, with all tables seemingly set for dining and a plainish conservatory dominating.
On the upside, the barman was cheery and friendly,
and the local Goddards looked OK when he poured it.
Oddly, my notes say “a warm and dull NBSS 3″, which either means I was in an overly generous mood or I thought the Goddards was the problem. Whatever, I didn’t finish it. I rarely do these days.
My next pub was down the hill in Bembridge.
Would I make it before the rains came ?
And before that, could I make it across the field ?