PARENTAL ADVISORY : CONTAINS NORTHERNERS
It’s been a great week for pub bloggers.
Life After Football celebrated 3 years of Midlands magic with a dull Pedi in a place you’ve never heard of, BRAPA completed the whole of Stockbroker Surrey before all the pubs are locked down again, and Citra actually found an open micropub.
But Pubmeister isn’t called Pubmeister for nothing, as he surged towards the prize in a turquoise frenzy.
I’m not sure how Duncan did it, as Scots aren’t allowed to visit the plaguelands of the frozen North, but I still met him in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday night. We didn’t even touch elbows.
One of us stayed in a posh hotel with “Worm” in the title,
the other slept in a customised van in a country park 2.2 miles out.
How the other half live, eh ?
Waldridge Fell Country Park is gorgeous, far enough out of town to avoid boy racers and doggers, and most importantly free.
Some of you have enquired what the campervan interior is like.
It’s bijou, like an £800k apartment in Knightsbridge with slightly superior toilet arrangements.
According to Esther, I was on a “Staycation”, taking a holiday in my own country rather than heading abroad for a “proper” vacation like real people do. This will give you nightmares;
The evening stroll into town from Waldridge passes a Stonegate pub (CAMRA discount !)
I really should have joined the young people enjoying
Greene King IPA Estrella in the sun; they were laughing (Laughing ! In 2020 !).
It’s pretty much the only cask you pass till you get to the new tick at the Masonic Centre.
But instead I walked north a bit and joined Duncan on his pilgrimage south and we chatted opening time disasters for a bit.
Then we stepped nervously into the throng;
All very polite, everyone seated bar us as we dithered over some local brews that Duncan will remember since I deleted my notes last night.
We were reminded, three times, to fill in our names and numbers on the class register, and made idle banter with the barmaid behind the perspex about hops.
The barmaid behind the perspex is the strapline for my upcoming July review.
An immaculate club with no apparent entry restrictions, some beautiful local art, and a cool crisp of something that Duncan will remember (Help Duncan !).
The night was still young, the bright lights of Chester-le-Street awaited. Just a shame the Spoons was still closed for “refurbishment”.