MORE OF THAT DRINKING AT HOME LARK

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It’s Fred’s fault.

Please go to Papworth Brewery and its environs tomorrow, and then compose a picto-blog about it.

OK, Fred. (Now you’re a yaga yaga).

 

Papworth Brewery
29 minutes.  Longest excursion yet

I’d only been to Earith a year ago, one of our motorhome’s last excursions before Mrs RM replaced it with a sleeker model, a principle I hope she doesn’t apply elsewhere.

I spent ages cleaning it

On that Good Friday we wild camped at the Sluice and completed the famous “Soft fruit shuffle“, a triangular walk round three Huntingdonshire villages famous for fruit farms and NOT being Willingham.

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Proper tourism

I never even knew there was a brewery there; perhaps there wasn’t in 2019.

But that’s the miracle of the internet.  I tracked down Papworth’s finest to an industrial estate by the Hundred Foot Washes, sent them £18 for five litres (that’s ten half litres, Paul) of some malty beer, and had an hour to explore before sticking it in the boot.

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Unusual village sign

Apparently, Earith is famous for it’s Bandy players.

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Not made up
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No Bandy programme in my collection

You couldn’t make it up.

I spent ten minutes searching for the parish church.  If I’d read my own blog I’d have known there wasn’t one.  Dunno why I bother sometimes.

Empty streets, Curry House (great name), one pub that’s serves as the tap for Curry House, and a barber. What more do you need ?

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Everyone’s gone to Southend beach

Some impressive Georgian houses wind down to the Great Ouse,

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Duck Island NOT a Northamptonshire micro

and the Old Bedford River entertains us with its journey to nowhere (or Downham Market, which amounts to the same thing).

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View from a bridge.  NOT the Kim Wilde one.

And that’s nearly it. Bit of thatch,

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Idyllic for some

a lone ceramic horseshoe,

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The Horse & One Horseshoe

and the brewery.

It’s not like visiting the Hare & Hounds, is it ?

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Brewery

The nice man was filling my box from the fresh barrel as I arrived.

“You won’t get it fresher than that”

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Looks techy.  Isn’t

30 minutes later I had a glass full of lovely foamy BBB (reminiscent of Wolf or Cotleigh) in the sun. I reckon our garden could make GBG21, you know. I give CAMRA discount if it helps.

 

More importantly, Mrs RM had a pint in a Bass glass in her office.

I’ve decided it tastes best (NBSS 4.5) in  Doom Bar glass, washing down crispy beef, spicy squid and Singapore rice.

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Scummy head alert

But here’s the rub; we’ve already drunk about 3 pints each.

That would NEVER happen in a controlled drinking environment, and that’s why we need pubs back. Soon.

12 thoughts on “MORE OF THAT DRINKING AT HOME LARK

  1. I brought 5 pints of an Oakham Ales brew back today (nobody needs to know which one. It’s pale and hoppy. They all are), and I’ve only had half a pint of it. Now that would definitely never happen in a controlled drinking environment…

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  2. Thanks for breaking your vow of “no beer at home” long enough to provide a blog post about it. I suppose you’re less likely to say negative things about the pub garden when it’s your own garden.

    Analyzing your Twitter photo, I seem to see a wooden surface with greenery growing up between the cracks. I commend you for your devotion to not harming the local flora and fauna. This is my philosophy as well, which explains why I always put off mowing the lawn until it looks like a wheat field. 😉

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    1. Ha. I have zero interest in the garden (don’t tell Mrs RM), though I have spent more time on that grass in the last month than in the previous 17 years put together (about 6 hours max). I mow the lawn when I get shouted at.

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      1. I’m with you on gardening, RM. Gardening is futile. It never ends. There is never a time when you can say “I have finished the gardening.” People say it’s nice to sit in the garden with a beer. Yes it is, if someone else has done the gardening. The last place I want to sit after a hard day’s gardening is the sodding garden. I never want to see it again.

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  3. “Empty streets, Curry House (great name), one pub that’s serves as the tap for Curry House, and a barber. What more do you need ?”

    Well, speaking personally I’ve no need for a barber. So how about converting the now redundant barber shop into a micropub?

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  4. “It’s not like visiting the Hare & Hounds, is it ?”

    No, it’s not. But at eighteen quid for five litres, you probably wouldn’t expect it to be. It is a rival for ‘Spoons at that price.

    Another excellent blog composed from [nearly] nothing !

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