Oh, and some pictures of micropubs. One of them is in the railway station; it took me AGES to find it.
Whitby was heaving on Sunday. “The busiest place I’ve seen since St Ives at Easter or York’s Shambles” I wrote in 2016, and it still holds. Perhaps Andover will acquire such heights of popularity now BRAPA has visited.
I was only there last Summer, as I traditionally save the Yorkshire coast till late in the GBG year. Here’s the view from the steps that day;
This was the view this time, as I joined the queue for the Arch & Abbey.
Those two were very patient; I wasn’t. I HATE waiting and I never book. Not that you could, which I applaud.
Middle-class micros, eh ? Folk, having tasters, or flights, or gins. No-one going anywhere fast.
But two couples DID move on, and I bagged the corner table with my lovely half of honeyed Wensleydale (NBSS 3).
Isn’t perspex shiny ?
Lovely staff, they really were, giving us a running commentary on the ETA of our tables while we stood outside. They deserve their success.
As does the Waiting Room, which I’d been following on Facebook as it contemplated the wisdom of a post-Covid return before taking the plunge last month.
It’s tiny. Put aside the Cleethorpes and Claygate pretenders and it must be one of the three smallest pubs in the Guide.
Tipping up on the dot of 5, admission was a delicate exercise involving ropes, hand gel, pens and face masks, which sounds like a sequel to 50 Shades of Grey you’re glad isn’t getting made due to Covid.
You had to make an effort to join in the conversation, but it was worth it. Tales of Chinese ex-girlfriends (a Number 18) and my failed attempt to describe Oulton as the posh bit of Castleford were lowlights from an earthy micro of the type normally found in Wigan and the Bradford hinterland.
That Half Moon Porter was marvellous, as the last beer in a county often is.
Oh, and the graffiti nearby will, as they, say, divide opinion.
A great end to North Yorks.
Where next ?
NB Chris Dyson beat me to Whitby by a whisker, and his rather fuller write-up is here. Great minds think alike !