Moving seamlessly from Waterbeach to Seamer Road and the Yorkshire Riviera.
3 trips to Scarborough over recent years, enough to place it firmly in my Top 17 UK towns, even without a Chinese takeaway recommendation.
I doubt accommodation will be a problem, apart from the week Boycott comes to open the batting for Yorkshire with a stick of rhubarb.
But do you stay at the central Riviera,
or the Almar, in the northern suburbs ?
Always the Almar. Less chance of your bed slipping into the sea at night and easier to get back after a night at the North Riding.
And the post fry-up walk along the cliffs is half the fun of a Scarbs overnighter.
Sadly, my recent posts about the town all appear to be about the pubs, which will disappoint readers hoping for frozen chip art, Methodist chapels and locksmiths.
But the pubs are great. Even the small ones.
“I enjoyed a Neepsend Stout (NBSS 3), but the ale seemed a bit secondary to an atmosphere generated by après–shopping locals and Hot Chocolate on the cunningly named Radio Scarborough.”
“Are ya member of that CAMRA ?” I could be, if you want.
“There’s a discount” I was then. 5p is 5p.
Who needs a Sam Smiths when you’ve got the Council offering cheap North Riding beer to the accompaniment of darts and cricket chat.
“The banter is all about formats, and the Hundred, and what Boycott would make of it. I throw in my two penn’orth, imagining Boycs and Tavare opening in a T20 for England.”
Step back in time to a world of Firkins, Tap & Spiles, Tut & Shives, John Major as PM and Old Peculiar as the best-selling beer.
Would have been great when it was busy. In say, ooh, 2006.
The HOTW WAS busy, mainly students drawn by the cutting edge Butcombe seasonal. I think.
The backstreet music pub. If you think that’s Dylan on the left, you’re wrong.
“Don’t judge me harshly, but “In the Air Tonight” was playing and I had to wait for the drum roll. Up until then, I thought it was “Biko“, which is worrying me.”
If you’re doing all these pubs it’ll be time for fish and chips at Rennards near the Spoons.
Which leaves your nightcap
It’s actually a legal requirement to end in the North Riding. If you’re capable of walking past the open door you have so soul, and probably drink at home.
“This is a pub, not a tickers’ convention, and there was plenty of Stowford and lager as well.
I’ve been twice. Both times the beer was a 4.5, but it wasn’t even the reason you go.
How much you missing pubs like this ?