THE ITALIANS ARE BACK

Guess where this is?

Oh, go on.

Go on.

Go on. Etc etc.

Yes, Cambridge on a beautiful Wednesday in September.

Hardly packed, with the lovely Japanese and Chinese visitors who make up half our tourists still notable by their absence.

Mainly the Italians, all queueing politely for the authentic sourdough pizza from the Hatch at Franco Manca (recently a pasty shop).

It’s a shame Romans need to travel to the UK for Proper pizza with pineapple on it, and it’s sad for them the nearby pub (below) hasn’t yet reopened.

Five points for identifying this one.

You’ll know the Maypole. Everyone knows the Maypole, run by the Castiglione family for 40 years, but only a GBG regular when it burst free from Pubmeister to add weird guests.

A recent return from lockdown, I joined the lovers and the fighters (over the bill) in the Maypole’s immaculate outside area, by the beer board.

Milk Stout, Coffee Porter, Cherry sour?

What should I do?

Reader, I just fancied a cold Italian lager. And you know I did right.

4 thoughts on “THE ITALIANS ARE BACK

  1. Picked up a free copy of the Cambridge News Weekly Edition on the park and ride today. Pages 6-7 has a feature on that mystery pub of yours. Another coincidence

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  2. Love your phrase “the lovers and the fighters (over the bill)”; I gather the latter activity is something of a cherished tradition among the gentlefolk and the Pashmina enthusiasts. 😉

    Interesting that the Japanese and Chinese had become such an important source of tourists over there. I’m sure in both China and Japan they are sorely missing the UK/European and American tourist spending in a very similar way.

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  3. “Guess where this is?”

    One of the Game of Thrones opening sequences?

    “Oh, go on.”

    Amsterdam, before it became a haven for hash smokers?

    “Go on.”

    Cambridge. I can tell by the punting.

    “It’s a shame Romans need to travel to the UK for Proper pizza ”

    Closer than Chicago. (lots of ‘proper pizza’ types around I think). 😉

    “run by the Castiglione family for 40 years, ”

    Hence the good pizza?

    “by the beer board.

    Ah, I see the owners belong to the Mafia. That’s highway robbery!

    “Reader, I just fancied a cold Italian lager. And you know I did right.”

    If I’d paid more attention to your first photo that would have been obvious.

    Cheers

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