One more from Cumbria for now, but I’ll be back, as BRAPA said last week.
Whither Sedbergh ?
Wiki tells me the economy is driven by the schools, which probably makes it the Uppingham of the North. The sports kit shop probably accounts for 22% of local GDP.
Like Uppingham, eerily quiet. Unlike Uppingham, spectacularly hilly.
It’s also claimed to be England’s “Book Town“, which is a bit of a stretch, but I guess that if Gillingham doesn’t claim it then it’s yours.
Towns dominated by schools don’t typically make great pub towns (SEE: Oundle, Uppingham, Oxford).
The most exciting thing here was opening the door “It’s not just you” said the bloke at the bar.
Despite(?) some polite modern Irish music, the Dalesman is posh. This is the centrepiece of the bar, and it’s a not a dartboard or jukebox.
Nothing wrong with smart dining pubs, of course. The GBG would be a smaller volume without Brunning & Price and “new” Robinsons. But it hasn’t exactly brought out the Old Boys in their droves, just a genteel couple and a commercial traveller.
Like Keswick, a bit of an overload of those homebrews that tourists love.
Unlike Keswick, the cask seemed genuinely popular, and the Barngates was a cool, well conditioned 3/3.5. But it was still homebrew.
No drama, but slowly I’m making some progress with the trickiest county that starts with a “C”. And if I can learn not to confuse Kendal with Keswick I could yet clear the lot this year.