Later today Joan and Dave commence another journey to our calm and confident nation, and I take this opportunity to remind them there’s more to the UK than pubs and cricket.
There’s also our famous street art,
and our fantastic weather,
and of course our unfortunate collapsing lettering.
All of this was on display in Burnham-on-Sea, definitely not to be confused with Burnham Overy Staithe or Burnham on Crouch, where I stopped for a Spoons flat white before completing Somerset on Day 3 of the “Clear a county challenge”
Burnham is no tourist honeypot, its seasonal custom no doubt decimated by the arrival of competing attractions in neighbouring Bridgwater*, but there’s a handsome beach and stunted pier.
And bargain booze and shoes, always a bg draw. I actually bought a pair of Clark’s from the outlet shop here on my only previous visit.
There’s a few nightclubs along the Prom, one of them unexpectedly run by long-forgotten Manchester City captain Vinnie “Vinnie” Kompany.
More than any other Spoons, the Reeds Arms is a clutter of dining tables, and it takes most of my allotted 7 minutes to bang my way through to the bar for a coffee cup.
Nice to see local beers on the bar.
I grab the only available table, outside, and admire the view to Minehead.
Before I head for my last Somerset pick, I pause to admire the pocket park, with this evocative statue which I will leave you to caption.