ROTHBURY – STOUT, PYGMY GOATS & THE DEFENCE OF RORKES DRIFT

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Coming to the close of Northumberland GBG now, and an overdue return to Rothbury, home of the great National Trust property (Cragside) and down the road from one of our Basic, Unspoilt gems.

Rothbury

A shame the Star is open 5.5 hours a week these days, and my visit was on one of the 162.5  hours it isn’t.

I also missed the Railway Hotel/Tandoori, recommended once I got home by someone who had high praise for the pygmy goats.

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Low prices

Being 20 minutes off the A1 and not having any known Harry Potter links has saved Rothbury from the fate suffered by Alnwick and Watford.

It’s a gorgeous small town, though I actually saw more people on the riverside walk than in the High Street.

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River Coquet

Solid stone  pubs untroubled by tickers,

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Shirtless bloke peering out of window
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Not Vic, unusually

arts and crafts, antiques, war games,

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Weird

“The Machynlleth of the North” would be a great slogan.

My first ever tick in Rothbury was to be a micropub that I’d forgotten the name of.

This place looked to have the most micro-friendly hours.

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Exciting hours on Friday

but it’ll be a few years before the Library is a craft bar.

Instead we have the Narrow Nick, using what looks like old Pubmaster signage.

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Nowt to do with our Erlanger friend

You may be astonished to hear the Nick has expanded its hours, possibly in breach of the Herne Rules.

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Better hours than half the pubs in Yorkshire

I’m not surprised it was increasing its hours; the place was packed.

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Go for the middle one

Mind, 16 people fills it, I was lucky to get a corner seat out of the way of trouble.

Note how they’ve got small tables for solo drinkers here, a nice touch.

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Frothy stout

The Cheviot Stout was fantastic, rich and foamy with a sudden bite (NBSS 3.5+). Plenty of cask, but plenty of wine being sold via Key Keg too.

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Scummy head

A Proper Pub, in fact.  A proper library too, with Beer Guides and Harry Potter.

There really is no escaping Harry Potter, is there ?

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9 thoughts on “ROTHBURY – STOUT, PYGMY GOATS & THE DEFENCE OF RORKES DRIFT

  1. That sign for ‘The Railway Hotel’ and ‘Village Tandoori’ reminds me that “Goat Curry” is on the specials board of my nearest pub, the one that does lovely Nepalese food, more often than anything else.

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    1. You’ve certainly done good promotion for that one Paul.

      If Stafford gives me a reason to visit I’ll add to my schedule.
      NB I dreamt about Bod on Stoke station last night. Perhaps I can do Stafford from there.

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      1. Yes, just twenty minutes from Stoke railway station to Stafford, probably Slaters Bar needing a tick and then Mrs TSM might give us a lift up to the Morris Man for Banks’s and a curry

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