BLYTH SPIRIT

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What a wonderful day.
Pubs are back, there’s another tick in the Guide to pink in,

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Little by little

and I have more evidence that Doom Bar is the connoisseur’s beer.

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Jealous ?

But what about Blyth itself ?

Blyth

Last month I gave you memories from the Spartans’ finest hour,

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Before the retaken corner

but failed to give you a feel for the town.

Think of a middling industrial town (Hinckley, Northwich, Dunstable), dump it next to a long stretch of sandy beach, and you’re 77% of the way there.

This is the view from the free beach car park where our campervan found a little space next to a Jaguar (not the cat).

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Runners !
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View from the drone

An early start (who else gets to Blyth at 6.30am ?) meant I could capture ALL the highlights that will have you rushing to book a fortnight’s holiday here rather than Seahouses.

I mean, look, they clearly filmed Transformers XVI – Whey Aye, Man here.

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Deep Ocean

Towns with historic ports always have compensation for workaday centres, (see: Grimsby, Bootle, Goole).

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High Light – future micro ?

The tourist office have given up seeking a VAR reversal of that Wrexham goal from a twice-taken corner in 1978 and focused on the joys of the harbour, including the tall ships and the less-than-tall ships.

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In North Norfolk this would be a GBG pub

I had no recollection of Blyth, bar losing a football in the sea in 2009, but Pubmeister recalled 8 GBG entries.

There’s certainly some handsome pubs, including Oddfellows with its glorious bay window above the door.

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Continental style drinking

The door was open at 7.45am, and it’s possible it pipped the Spoons in welcoming in the new dawn for pubs with a Carling offer. Certainly a bloke inside was happily drinking two hours later; I should have joined him.

The size of these pubs tells you how Geordies spent their evenings in 1978. They weren’t watching Celebrity Bakeoff on Ice.

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King’s Head
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Ich Dien
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More Blue Star and tiling porn
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Proper beer. I think.

Nearly all keg, bar the Spoons and Olivers, of course. But the pubs are the highlights of a town with functional shops and a lot of vape shops.

And barbers, at least 8 of them.

The queue for a ยฃ7 cut at 9.15am went round the block, even as the queue at the Wallaw looked a little light.

Lively place, but I’d come here when football returns and visit the Spartans, after a gallon of LCL Pils of course.

NB Thanks to Pubmeister for the blog title. Usual fee applies.

17 thoughts on “BLYTH SPIRIT

  1. Wrexham v Blyth attendance 19,935! Great pics and that title is an absolute zinger. I am guessing thatโ€™s the campervanโ€™s first major outing. Doubt you will be able to top it.

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  2. That LCL Pils was the Low Carbohydrate Lager from the Northern Clubs Federation Brewery that in its heyday supplied a thousand clubs some of them with deliveries of thirty hogsheads twice a week.

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      1. I think LCL was brewed for a while by Thwaites, the Blackburn brewer that made a fortune by selling its Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber brands to Marstons..

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    1. I thought LCL Pils was a slightly dull name for a beer – until you mentioned its full name. I suppose now it would be WWL Pils (Weight Watchers Lager) ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. GH,
        A dull name but in 1987 LCL Plus Lager beat 143 entries from 63 breweries representing 31 countries to be voted the World’s Best Bottled Lager, a title Einhorn never achieved.

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  3. That bay window might be an oriel window (ok I’m not sure really…). Anyway – it will be very useful during the pandemic to monitor the socially distanced queue outside the pub… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Your photos convey a grittiness to the place and how many terraced house owners can boast a lighthouse as part of their back addition… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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