BRINGING THE LONDON PLAGUE TO EX39

Bideford Town FC looked gorgeous as I arrived back at my campervan.

Crowds returning next week !

One last pint ? Steer clear of Spoons, till the last night at least.

I walked past the Spoons 17 times in 3 days
Avoid the cider ! Avoid the cider !

Lacey’s Ale & Cider House sounds like a Beer Guide place, doesn’t it ? It even doesn’t sell Doom Bar, which is always popular.

Continental look
Perspex

“Pint of Old Appledore please”

Can I just take your details ? Name ?, Postcode ?

Retired Martin CB25…

“Oh, sorry, we only serve EX39 postcodes”

“Oh”

“But there is a Wetherspoons round the corner that’ll serve you”

“Oh” *

Yes, folk, to Devon and Cornwall we’re the plague bringers.

VERY

The publicans were friendly, but wary. Several wanted bookings, even to pop in for a quick half.

The arrows and tape and chairs blocking loiterers were overpowering at times. Plates were delivered on trays to the edge of the table by staff who scuttled away.

Perversely, with Covid rates a fraction of what they’ve been in London or Manchester or Birmingham, but fragile healthcare facilities, the Southwest seems a bit reluctant to open up in a hurry.

*It Lacey’s had been in the Guide I’d have worn a wig and gone back the next day with a Wurzels accent.

25 thoughts on “BRINGING THE LONDON PLAGUE TO EX39

  1. A local bar for local people- that is appalling ! We are going to Scotland next week- I am unsure of what sort of welcome we will get there -am really regarding the holiday with some trepidation

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    1. Can’t speak for the rest of Scotland, but Shetland is quite laid-back. No booking nonsense, your name and mobile number get written down on a bit of paper and off you go. However, some pubs have gone over to table service only in the last few days.

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  2. “Oh, sorry, we only serve EX39 postcodes”
    So they’ll serve a foreigner from Lundy Island but not you.
    Did you think to say that you’ve quarantined for quite a while in Northam and Appledore ?

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      1. They obviously regarded you as a “Grockle!” Quite happy to take the tourist pound under normal circumstances, but if they’re foolish enough to turn down trade, don’t start whining when the bailiffs come knocking at the door.

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  3. Lacey’s was in the Guide at one time. It moved premises necessitating a revisit. Those floodlights are great- passed by a few times but never seen a game there. The EX39 postcode only thing seems a bit self-defeating if everywhere else is open to all.

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  4. Well I’m glad you didn’t miss out on an actual GBG tick because of it!

    All seems a bit excessively unreasonable, from a place far removed from reality who probably have been wanting to say that even pre pandemic.

    Only been asked for postcode once in Surrey out of 51 pubs and that just made me a mysterious cool foreigner for first time ever.

    This is why am gonna stick to cities n big towns for now. God speed, Si

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      1. Heh.

        I can see the ‘new normal’ turning into a version of “no one legged albinos”. 🙂

        Cheers

        PS – I think it’s time for me to go to bed! 😉

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  5. “Bideford Town FC looked gorgeous as I arrived back at my campervan.”

    In the photo above… I say! They’re treating beer drinkers like smokers! (or lepers even!). Oh, the humanity!

    “I walked past the Spoons 17 times in 3 days”

    I assume your OS map was shite then?

    “Continental look”

    Naw. You’d need a few rickety tables outside with a few gents smoking Gauloises of some such for that.

    “Perspex”

    The “new normal”. (sigh)

    “Yes, folk, to Devon and Cornwall we’re the plague bringers.”

    Good fookin Christ.

    “VERY”

    In the sign above, they spelled the last word wrong (i.e. ewe). 🙂

    “Perversely, with Covid rates a fraction of what they’ve been in London or Manchester or Birmingham, but fragile healthcare facilities, the Southwest seems a bit reluctant to open up in a hurry.”

    Sigh. We get that over here. All of the small communities are hyper vigilant about ‘outsiders’ coming in. I’d laugh at the irony but then they’d probably lock me up. 🙂

    “*It Lacey’s had been in the Guide ”

    If, not it, dear boy. And a wig wouldn’t be necessary. I doubt they’d remember you. 😉

    Cheers

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    1. “All of the small communities are hyper vigilant about ‘outsiders’ coming in. I’d laugh at the irony but then they’d probably lock me up. 🙂 ”

      The less the risk, the more worried they are. There’s probably “Covid-carriers welcome here” signs in Aberdeen.

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