FERRY, CROSS THE TEIGN TO THE C.C.

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A bit of tourism for you now, as I make the dangerous and epic journey across the Teign to Shaldon Conservative Club.

Teignmouth
Micropub on the Salty to follow

I really couldn’t have picked a better week to do the Devon Dozen (actually nine, but do what); a gorgeous sunny day with enough gentlefolk visitors to keep the pumps ticking over.

That’s nonsense, of course; they were all drinking coffee in the Spoons.

I thought The Brass Monkey would give me an early Tribute, but it’s not yet legal to drink beer from the barrel while it’s still on the brewery van.

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Later, later

So I headed through town for the ferry to the village Shaldon, which sounded remote and mysterious.

On my only previous visit on a scorcher in ’98 I’d stopped here to buy some apples.  Sadly that greengrocer had long gone, probably replaced by an artisan deli.  Who needs fruit when you’ve got quiche ?

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Typical hotel
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The floral bit

While walking I noted down “More Filey than Southwold” which is more a comment on the pier than the beach.

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Non-artisan pier

I’m always a bit perplexed by the seaside.  I can’t sit still for five minutes, so what are you supposed to do apart from get sunburnt and eat chips ?

The biggest excitement is when I get to kick a football back to two lads who shout “Thanks mister” in that delightfully polite way that adolescence will knock out of them.

But the views down by the ferry are a picture,

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and the ancient little boat across to Shildon sticks to the knitting and avoids playing sentimental tunes or boring you with history.

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Space for a bar on board though

Tiny streets too small for cars lead to the Conservative Club, which taunts me with a Bass sign but is clearly only in the Guide due to “guest ales”

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Fake Bass advertising again
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Euchre hotspot
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Reel real ale

Are you a member ?”  says the young steward.

I haven’t been asked that in a GBG club for a while.  I flash my gold card.

Fine, have to ask”

Can’t have any old Tom, Dick and Harry coming off the streets enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the Cons Club, can we ?

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All happening

Still, £2.60 a pint of tasty but not super-cool Teignworthy, “Embarrassment” by Madness, and a picture of Theresa May in the ladies a tick.

I walked back over the bridge, can’t afford to waste another £1.30 on boats, can I ?

 

14 thoughts on “FERRY, CROSS THE TEIGN TO THE C.C.

      1. Shocking. Incidentally Martin, I thought that I’d just mention – for the benefit of your non-CAMRA readers – that the Shaldon CC accepts CAMRA members as well as Conservative Party ones and their guests, according to WhatPub. Oh, and the membership card for the latter isn’t gold 😉

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  1. Really loved this line: “in that delightfully polite way that adolescence will knock out of them.” –Bill Bryson would read that and think, “Ooh, that’s a good one.”

    Also had a good laugh at your description of the “vibrant atmosphere” followed by that photo!

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    1. Funny thing is, I reckon children and young people are generally a delight. Four young cyclists said “thanks”, “cheers bro” etc as I stepped aside to let me pass on the Taff canal yesterday. Their parents, not a word.

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