EVERY TRIP TO THE ORKNEYS MUST INEVITABLY START AT THE SHEFFIELD TAP

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Yes, this is the week I had all to myself, time to put the Orkneys to bed and make a huge splodge of pink at the top of that Beer Guide map.

Orkney

Light traffic means only 13hr57 minutes, or 13hr55 minutes if I borrow Mrs RM’s car. To put that in context, it only took BRAPA 33 hours to do GBG cross-checking before he lost his Guide.

On the short journey to Orkney I’d arranged a diversion to the two giants of the North, Sheffield and Manchester.

A rare father-elder son match at the Etihad (£17.50 to watch Champions League), and a mercy mission to deliver younger son some warm clothes. Yes, Matt has finally realised that Manchester can occasionally be cold.

Tap

While I waited for James to do whatever Computer Science students do, I did my usual “Take photos of old buildings that will soon be pubs” gig.

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BrewDog
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MicroPub

And found you some new street art near the station.

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Sponsored by Howard
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Oooh

But I still had 20 minutes to kill before the 16:40 16:41 16:46 16:51 to Piccadilly, and could resist the Tap no longer.

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It’s ornate

It’s OK, but not a patch on Euston with its lesser used upstairs.

But having done the cask tick I could at least go craft murk this time,

and watch folk get progressively more irritated by my occupation of a table for four. We can’t all have friends you know.

Anyway, it may be quality locale murk but that doesn’t make Thornbridge keg any easier to neck in a hurry, so they just had to wait.

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Suits

On the train to Manchester, Matt texted me to suggest a new place to meet for tea.

A place I’d never been. A pre-emptive…

23 thoughts on “EVERY TRIP TO THE ORKNEYS MUST INEVITABLY START AT THE SHEFFIELD TAP

  1. “Euston with its lesser used upstairs” – that spiral staircase is for young knees, and the youngsters (hipsters) can’t be bothered with it.

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  2. Looking forward to reading about your epic drive. Fourteen hours in the saddle is either dedication, or endurance. I know it’s not very “green,” but couldn’t you have taken a flight to Orkney?

    How many pubs in the Orkney’s need the attention of your pink highlighter? Also, now that Duncan’s gone one better, and knocked off the Faeroe’s, are there any Shetland ticks you need?

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  3. “We can’t all have friends you know.” -Ha! A pint of murk and the GBG are all the friends a man needs, surely. 🙂

    You know it’s a long drive when a *Yank* hears about the length of the journey and can’t help saying, “Good Lord!” The longest drive I’ve ever done was to Nashville, Tennessee, and that was a mere 8 hours. In your case I imagine getting there was half the pleasure, though.

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    1. The Scalloway Hotel. Probably at least one other unofficial Try Also, Duncan will know.

      You don’t really visit for pubs when there’s so many wild haggis to admire in their natural habitat.

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