DYKE’S END, PUBS RESTART

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4th July, then.  No, after YOU.

Politicians, radio hosts and royalty think all pubs look like this;

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Sedbergh

rather than this;

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Weaste

Talking of royalty, across the Bottisham Fen (5 minutes by crow, 20 by car) is the Dyke’s End, a pub graced by Prince Charles when the community rescued it 20 years ago (see also :Hesket Newmarket).

Reach
All your favourite roads

Oddly, the “Dyke” used to be the “King’s”, renamed for the ditch that takes you into Newmarket and “there be dragons” Suffolk.

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What media folk think all pubs look like

It’s a destination pub, ideal for the Summer we hope will stretch beyond 4th July, and maintains a decent drinking area for the locals that the diners travelling out from Quy and Burwell probably don’t know exist.

358 souls can’t sustain a pub on pints of Adnams alone, of course, particularly when the only economic activity apart from the ancient Reach Fair is repainting the village sign and thatching retirees’ houses.

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Another classic
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Gentlefolk live here
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Needholy is a great name for a house

No facilities at all apart from the closed pub and a bus we’d missed. By about 3 days.

Plenty of those wide-open Fen skies you love so much, and a field full of aggressive looking cows near the twitchers.

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Very green & blue
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Wicken Fen overspill

I might pop back here next month to see if all the people who said they’d be rushing back to the pub are there at 1pm on a Wednesday.

I guess you know the answer.

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “DYKE’S END, PUBS RESTART

  1. This seems like quite the quaint area, Martin. I too am counting down the days until pubs reopen, although the situation in Wales seems to be a little less definitive. Hoping to return to them very soon!

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    1. I’ll be watching the situation in Wales with interest, Eddie. Many of the pubs I want to visit in Glamorgan and West Wales probably rely on food trade over the summer so I wonder how they’ll cope with folk like me popping in for a quick half !

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      1. God knows what will happen in Scotland, I think Wee Nippy will want to keep the pubs shut as long as possible, just out of puritanism.

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    1. I doubt you’ll find yourself driving that way but if you do it’s exactly that, tranquil ! Come on their annual Reach fair and see 2,000 people crammed into a village of 200 on fairground rides etc !

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  2. If all pubs looked like that first photo you posted, my affection for pubs might collapse entirely! 😉

    Your posts have made me think there’s a tradition of “the village sign” that some of these towns have adopted: painted sculptural things that incorporate old (even medieval-looking) elements, but seem to be of fairly recent origin. Is it something you’ve seen a lot of in your travels?

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