More local tourism for you, as I again head outside the comfort zone of my home county, and explore posh Essex.
Saffron Walden is SO posh that BRAPA had to leave after disgracing himself at the local primary school in 1984 (see below).
Here’s where Simon used to keep his collection of Beer Guides in the early ’80s.
A pleasant 90 minutes walk from Littlebury through the Audley End estate, where many many Waldonians (?) were enjoying the sun, to the chagrin of the Second Wave Wobblers.
Walden is a little (15,500 souls) gem, a grown-up Lavenham, but it helps if you prefer old timber and pale colours and pargetting on your travels.
Not much change in the Beer Guide entries for 2 decades. I last visited the two regulars 4 years ago, so you’ll have forgotten about them by now.
The Old English Gentleman, for old English gentlemen,
while the King’s Arms is regal and peaceful.
Like I said l wrote last time, Walden is a wine town.
And a Latte town, with daft queues for take-outs from cafes called Tea Amo, Cafe Cou Cou, Molly’s and Starbucks. I bought two bottles of fizzy water from Superdrug for a quid and tutted at folk who only stood 1.8m away.
The best pub in Walden is the Spoons. No, really. Ask the locals.
The Temeraire may not get back in the Guide now that Tim is hated more than Dom,
Your best chance of a micro pub free experience, unless the castle is taken on by someone with innovative ideas.
What else can I say ?
The Library would make a lovely BrewDog,
but the market square always seems a little underused. Where’s the man selling sourdough and cheesecakes you get in Stowmarket ?
Actually, it was about this point in Castle Street I realised that the Southworths really MUST visit Walden, and just learn to love NBSS 3 Wherry and Adnam’s. There’s worse pubs.
If BRAPA is finally up to Essex by then, he can show them round his old primary school and the artwork, luckily indelible, that got Simon the boot out of Essex in that summer of ’84 when the Thompson Twins were conquering the world.