WELCOMBE HOME, WELCOMBE

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I’m thinking of starting a Peters & Lee* fan club you know.

It’ll really wind up all the Tull and Coldplay and Zappa fans who read my blog.  I could give free membership to folk who join the Doom Bar NBSS 4.5 club.

Bush 2

Welcombe (pop 187) was my introduction to the delights of Devon, though the cream tea would have to wait.

A straggly village whose coast I missed.

Photo – Mark Murphy

My hour’s walk took me through some woods that would have challenged a pushbike, never mind a motorhome.

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All uphill

Soggy Well Lane (top) wasn’t just unsuitable for vehicles; after my Full English I struggled to squeeze through.

To be blunt, it was so quiet I didn’t believe there WAS a pub, let alone a vast rambling gastro house the size of the Old Smithy.

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What, children aren’t animals ?  Why do we call them “kids” then (private gripe)

Only 13th Century, this one.

A pub for gentlefolk and gardeners.

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Expensive thatch

A vast garden, including a raised area for local gentlefolk (all 13 of them) who wanted to be kept well away from the London plague we’d brought down. Fair enough.

I guess you can guess the inside.

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Odd handwash dispenser
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Long table for non socially-distanced dining

No-one inside, bar a couple who looked distraught that a (very localised) power cut had deprived them of homemade fish stew, and they’d driven across from Maidenhead especially.  They could have just had 3 packets of crisps each.

More BBB options.  I didn’t see much c***t, cask or keg, the whole week.

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Craft free choices

Three families and a couple enjoyed a big orange spherical object in the garden, and I suddenly felt like a tourist.  More than that, I didn’t feel like a plague carrier, which was nice.

As was the Proper Job, a cool and fresh NBSS 3.5 **

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Yum

The walk back up the hill in 30 degrees was less pleasant.

*True story.  While sitting on my Huawei on the way to Tesco last Monday I accidentally started some sort of Spotify listening group with 3 Durham pubs I’d messaged for opening times, and Welcome Home bared out of my back pocket as I left Tesco’s, to the bewilderment of masked gentlefolk.

DON’T SIT ON YOUR PHONE, FOLKS

**Don’t worry folks, there’ll be beer tipping before long, I’m sure.

24 thoughts on “WELCOMBE HOME, WELCOMBE

    1. For over a month after pubs returned I just drank pints, figuring it was pointless on halves after all that necessary fuss getting in.

      But I’m back on halves now till the end of the night, and drinking to a finish!

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  1. “I could give free membership to folk who join the Doom Bar NBSS 4.5 club.”

    Wouldn’t Doom Bar have to score that at least once in order for a club to start?

    “Welcombe (pop 187) was my introduction to the delights of Devon”

    In the OS map above, I see Henna Cliff. Is that where all of the wanna be redheads chuck their failed hair dyes into the ocean?

    “All uphill”

    Looks like something out of Lord of the Rings.

    “after my Full English I struggled to squeeze through.”

    Should’ve got rid of the Full English prior to the walk.
    (i.e. had a morning constitutional before the morning constitutional?) 😉

    “What, children aren’t animals ? Why do we call them “kids” then (private gripe)”

    I think they mean there are children and animals who are somewhat mentally impaired. 😉

    “Long table for non socially-distanced dining”

    And they’ve got that 3 coloured phallus thingy BRAPA was talking about above the fireplace. 🙂

    “that a (very localised) power cut had deprived them of homemade fish stew”

    Hmmm. Maybe I should send some freeze dried seafood chowder over.

    ” I didn’t see much c***t”

    I can’t fill in the three *s.

    “Craft free choices”

    Scratch the *s above comment. 🙂

    “a cool and fresh NBSS 3.5 **”

    3 for 3! (oh, wait, the Otter’s bush was only a 3).

    “and Welcome Home bared out of my back pocket”

    Still on the (s)nood bush theme I see. 😉

    Cheers!

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  2. “I win 2 pints of Doom Bar” and there is an audible sigh of relief from the other competitors… 😉

    Probably the most controversial two paragraphs (at the start of this post) since the Head of Ofqual tried to justify their attempt to grade A level results with an algorithm (whatever that is)…

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