It must be the heat. I actually called that last post “Wantage Is Gonna Get You“, before I noticed my error.
I’m tempted to blame it on Spellcheck, and hope that Stogumber doesn’t come out as Stokes cucumber or something.
As you can see, my next stop on the venerable (i.e. overpriced) West Somerset Railway is one the edge of the Quantocks, and Area of National Beauty immortalised by Half Man Half Biscuit.
FACT : The video for “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” was shot there. Sadly, Bryan Adams was not.
The signposts are overgrown and falling apart, like me.
Stogumber itself is picture postcard, and this house reminded me of a famous Blackadder cast member.
Stogumber has 702 residents, including Eli in Lower Vexford, so the White Horse needs to be an allrounder.
It’s very Olde English, but I can’t imagine many of the gentlefolk I saw waiting for the train being up for the mile walk from Stogumber Station.
While I waited for the Landlady I discovered Stogumber used to have a brewery, producing beers called X, XX, XXX and XXXX. And HH (“Happy Hipster“).
Possibly the first thatched bar I’ve come across in the GBG, too.
She seemed as delighted to sell me a half of Otter as if I’d had a 3 course meal with wine, which isn’t always the case.
And I’m delighted to say the Otter was GBG standard, at least.
“Is it OK if I sit out in the sun ? Shout if you want anything” she said.
Nice to be asked, and it was fine.
I joined them outside, talking about their pasta disasters and the like.
Then I headed for Bicknoller.