IF THE BEER’S GOOD, TELL THEM

I need to take a break from these Devon posts, and bring you the culmination of my mini-break in The North, possibly my last before it’s locked down forever.

Tonight, at the 3rd time of asking, I finally managed a beer in Helperby.

Helperby

Every year the GBG gives us ONE pub that torments us with unexpected holidays to celebrate being in the GBG, Facebook fibs, or villagers buying a pub and only opening it as a restaurant at the weekend.

In 2018 it was Corsley, last year it was a connoisseur’s pick, and this year it’s the Golden Lion.

Golden Lion. Nice sign

2 months of studying Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok and Old Moore’s Almanac had failed to convince me this place was reopening, but then cleverclogs Duncan managed to get in, probably via the Ladies loo window.

Anyway, I phoned them and they said “Yeah, we’re open” as if I was asking Wetherspoons or something. In my defence, I’d already phoned at least six times and never got an answer.

At 6.30pm it’s a bit quiet, just one big group round a table on the right.

Nice fire

The Youngs Ordinary had just gone off, but the Landlord had an equally crafty option;

One beer, 6X

I popped to the loo while I was waiting, if that makes sense.

No comment

Simple seating, unfussy service, one immaculately cool, crisp beer (NBSS 3.5/4). What HAS gone wrong with the GBG this year ?

Tea

The locals discussed the travails of the local cricket club, the pointlessness of facemasks and how we’d soon be drinking beer through a straw, and season ticket holders at Brentford and Hull (oddly).

“The whole world’s gonna collapse” Nope

“That Zac Crawley is an emotionless sort” Yep

I watched in admiration as the landlord put on something exotic to replace the Young’s. Doom Bar, I think it was called.

Your beer’s really good, mate“. I said, and he seemed really pleased.

If the beer’s good, tell them.

9 thoughts on “IF THE BEER’S GOOD, TELL THEM

  1. “I need to take a break from these Devon posts”

    Blimey! Will you look at the lacings in the photo above!

    “but then cleverclogs Duncan managed to get in, probably via the Ladies loo window”

    And, if caught, he’d just say he’d been on the trail of a rare moth. 😉

    “I popped to the loo while I was waiting, if that makes sense.”

    I read that as ‘pooped’, which makes more sense. 🙂

    “No comment”

    Believe it or not, nor I!

    “the pointlessness of facemasks and how we’d soon be drinking beer through a straw,”

    Makes sense. Bloody hard to drink beer through a straw if you’re wearing a facemask.

    “If the beer’s good, tell them.”

    Concur!

    Cheers

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  2. Well done to you and Duncan. So what are the opening times??? Wasn’t open when I went past the other Saturday about 2pm. Lovely village though as you reported in your other post.

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    1. You think I’m going to make it easy for Simon ! It was open at 5pm on Saturday though I’d been phoning since noon without success. And it had been shut on Sunday lunchtime before. I think I’d want to speak to the landlord before making a trip. Even if I lived in Helperby.

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      1. Oh, well let me know if you make plans for that. Annoyingly Cambridge Away is going to be behind closed doors. So might have to divert before/after Stevenage whenever that is.

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