More isolated Northumbria for you now, just up the road in Alwinton.
Wikipedia tells me more about Alwinton and its 71 souls than it does about some southern dormitory towns of 71,000, and gives me this lovely photo by Chris of St Michaels and All Angels.
At 7pm I couldn’t see anything except a row of stone cottages and the “solid” looking Rose & Thistle. Those skies looked ominous, but they were still when I rested up in the campervan an hour later. It had POURED the whole 5 hours up from Waterbeach.
Northumberland has some great pub mirrors, including this rare one produced in the Bass mirror factory at Wrexham.
When you run a pub in a village of 71 people, some of whom won’t be leaving home till there’s a vaccine (or Newcastle win the Cup, whichever is later), you need to be an allrounder.
That can be tricky when you’ve basically one large room.
But there’s a group of mates on one large table, a cluster of couples spread around the edge, and a weird pub ticker from the Fens wearing a mask as he makes his last ever stand at the bar before table service comes in the next morning.
Was First & Last’s Equinox (again) from down the road the only beer ?
I hope it was. The single pump is the way forward. This was magnificent, in a beautiful Theakston glass. A rare NBSS 3.5+ in Northumberland if I’m honest, and I always must be when it comes to my beer scores.
As so often, the lacings never lie.
NB Better photos, as per, on Duncan’s blog here.