THE ENGLISH RIVIERA

Sunday the 6th September, and Summer still in full swing in the English Riviera, its coastal railway unusually intact.

I parked up along the Prom at Teignmouth, another free night putting back a saving of at least £40 into my complex DCF calculation that justifies the campervan.

Baa Baa Toure felt the view was a 9/10, though you can’t actually see the sea from the parking bay as the wall keeps out the water.

It’s 22 years since I came to Cockwood. On a steamy Saturday in August 1998 I took a train from Swindon (why ?) to Torquay to see Cambridge start their promotion season with a Martin Butler penalty winner at Plainmoor.

That year it was the touristy Anchor, this year the touristy Ship, and in 2042 I’ll no doubt be back for a micropub called The Stranded Boat.

Rather gorgeous, it is.

I thought the Anchor looked packed, but the Ship had so many people I had to drink on the layered garden with the pretend cyclists in Helly Hansens and Raybans, so here’s the snatched photo of the interior from the serving hatch.

Actually, those prices aren’t TOO bad for a honeypot village in Devon; and the Tribute was comfortably above NBSS 3.

Something I’ve noticed about Devon and Dorset this last month;

NO CRAFT !

Anyway, uneventful, bar the risk of blokes spilling their San Miguel on the steps up the garden, and the delightful sight of the train rumbling on towards Dawlish.

Which is where I headed next, and where I finally was allowed INSIDE a pub.

22 thoughts on “THE ENGLISH RIVIERA

  1. Two observations;
    South West operators have been scared stiff of visitors bringing COVID to areas where the intensive care facilities are limited.
    Cornwall has 15 intensive care beds. Tourists have refused to wear masks because “you don’t have COVID down here” and “I’ve come here to get away from all that.”

    More important, as an industry operator I cannot understand why anyone has beer prices ending in 5p.

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    1. I know, I read Mumsnet. The South West really didn’t want any visitors till after Covid is “over” and would have been happier living off the state without the fear of limited health facilities and shops being overwhelmed.

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      1. The state is going to run out of money, sooner rather than later, and that’s without Boris blowing £100 billion on some pie in the sky “pregnancy-type”, “moon shot” Corona- test kits!

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    2. You cannot understand why anyone has beer prices ending in 5p and I cannot understand why Tim has beer prices ending in 9p.
      I expect Martin was tempted by the 20p saving from buying a four pint pitcher of Tribute.

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      1. “Proper Job a bit middle of the road nowadays” probably explains how I can drink it.
        But I prefer Tribute.

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  2. “THE ENGLISH RIVIERA”

    The photo below is a bloody work of art. Well done!

    “as I wall keeps out the water.”

    “I” don’t understand that bit. 😉

    “It’s 22 years since I came to Cockwood. ”

    *cough* No comment.

    “Rather gorgeous, it is.”

    Not as good as your first photo.

    “so here’s the snatched photo of the interior from the serving hatch.”

    Sigh. Takes all the mystery away, dunnit.

    “Actually, those prices aren’t TOO bad for a honeypot village in Devon;”

    If you say so.

    And, wow! A whole 5p per pint saved on a 4 pint pitcher. Sheesh!

    “NO CRAFT !”

    Crafty buggers!

    “and where I finally was allowed INSIDE a pub.”

    To use the loo? 🙂

    Cheers

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