NEWPORTS – FROM ESSEX TO PEMBROKESHIRE VIA SALOP

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Interesting to look through the 4 odd years of the blog and see how the photography gets more, er, surreptitious. Clearly following BRAPA’s lead, I reckon.

Anyhow, 3 more Newports for you, incredibly.

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Starting in rural Essex, scarily close to the town where BRAPA was born (presumably Audley End).

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Very much JamieOliverLand, right on the Essex/Herts/Cmbs borders, pleasantly weatherborded, if not Weatherspooned (sic).

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Residents were surviving with stocks from the last Pandemic (1918, not the arrival of BRAPA 70 years later).

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I was impressed with the White Horse in 2017, which I guess is why it’s still in the Guide.

Early evening drinkers at the bar, pint and scratchings well under £4, and beer from my own village scoring NBSS 4.

Could have been in my Top 100 on another day, but Essex pubs are forever fated to occupy the positions between 127 and 388.

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Fomy Milton Justinin

Three hours north-west, the Slopian Newport suffers from not being Market Drayton, a fate it never thought it would suffer.

And the New Inn is no Anchor at High Offley.

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But the New Inn was buoyant on Sunday folk night, even if the Joules Pale was a pale shadow of its best (somewhere in Stoke, I think).

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“Money for nothing and your chicklets for free”
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Joules fake authenticity
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How I miss that
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Before woke

Our final Newport is another 3 hours slog, south-west this time. But here the scenery in Pembroke is magical, enhanced by Duncan’s singing Skids B-sides on a balmy June night.

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Newport (Pembrokeshire) itself isn’t all that, but it’s rare to get real ale here and the Royal Oak delighted us with its craft offer of Abbot or nothing.

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The Guest Ales, presumbly “Coming Soon” sounded intriguing.

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Not the actual sewin

From the hills above Newport we could see all five Dublin Wetherspoons, a becon for hope in a wicked world. Or something.

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View.

And in ten minutes time we’d arrive at another unworldly pub.

Nice speech just now, your majesty.

And if you don’t know that one, you really haven’t lived.

9 thoughts on “NEWPORTS – FROM ESSEX TO PEMBROKESHIRE VIA SALOP

  1. Martin, did you realise how many Whitchurch’s there are in the UK?

    Whitchurch, Bristol
    Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire
    Whitchurch, Cardiff
    Whitchurch, Devon
    Whitchurch, Herefordshire
    Whitchurch, Pembrokeshire, near St. David’s
    Whitchurch, Shropshire
    Whitchurch, Somerset
    Whitchurch, Warwickshire

    And some more…

    Whitchurch, an alternative name for Little Stanmore in the historic county of Middlesex
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset
    Whitchurch-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
    Whitchurch-by-Cardigan, Pembrokeshire

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