No, there’s no railway line out of Bideford.
In 2009 the Association of Train Operating Companies costed reopening the Barnstaple to Bideford route at £80 million, which is about half BRAPA’s beer budget for completing the Surrey GBG entries.
closed the line in 1965, presumably in response to my birth, and the trains now serve as emergency shelter to local pissheads.
Look closely under the train we shall call “Henry”.
The old station is actually East-the-Water, Bideford’s delightful quieter half (smart hotel open, bositerous music pub closed, sunken boats).
Lots of little alleys to enjoy; I assumed Embery’s Drang was named after a Middlesex cricketer’s unexpected delivery, but that’s a different spelling.
Cross the ancient Long Bridge at dusk for more great street names.
Just for Russ, I give you (as it were) Buttgarden Street;
The Southworths should change their plans for a UK holiday visiting craft beer bars in Maidenhead. Bideford is the real deal (pun intended)
It reminded my of exploring Kent towns like Sandwich and Deal for the first time. Loads of winding lanes and little squares.
“A likeable Totnes“ I thought.
Pubs ? Well, with the Appledore Inn closed, your options lie outside the Guide.
I’d overdone it with a pint of Otter Head (calm down, Russ) or I’d have been tempted by the Doom Bar in the White Hart, Anchor, Heavitree and Kings Arms.
One of those will make GBG21 and entice me back in the Autumn. Hopefully the Kings Arms with its Craft Union credentials, but it’ll no doubt be a bottle shop in the Pannier market.
No, I didn’t bring Mrs RM any Devon cream back from the Pannier market. She wanted beer.