“A FINE DAY FOR RETIRED PERSONS” IN BOTUS FLEMING

Mrs RM and I sure know how to live.

Two nights in Saltash Travelodge, £29.99 a night, with a FREE game of musical chairs at the Burger King that constituted the entirety of our evening culinary options.

I popped across the road to get fancy goods from Waitrose. At the meat counter, a lady concluded her conversation with junior staff before promptly sticking a “COUNTER CLOSED” sign under my nose.

Saltash Travelodge has two things going for it.

  1. £29.99.
  2. 23 minutes walk to the GBG Rising Sun at Botus Fleming. Just as well, it was our first introduction to the famed narrow lanes and high hedges of East Cornwall.

It’s got Bass, you know. Not just the sign, the actual beer.

It looked lovely at dusk.

The car park was filling up, and you always wonder if you’ll be greeted with a cheery “P*** off we’re full of diners“.

Far from it; a friendly “Sign in and find a seat” allowed me to get a shot of the pumps. Gloriously, just the Bass and the Weston’s.

Sadly the rest of my photography was a bit disappointing, but you’ll get the picture.

No diners, just locals having a beer and a chat. Is that legal under Medium Risk Covid Rules. I thought you had to be glum and rant about Cummings.

A fine day for retired persons !” said Old Boy No.1. I silently agreed.

There then followed a long discussion about fence painting, or pence fenting as they call it down here.

I admired the Bass, a flat 3.5, and wondered who’d picked “London Calling” and whether it was a snide comment about Home Counties bringing down the plague.

John arrived.

Would you like Bass, John ?”

I do” said John, accepting the proposal while checking in.

Why are Bass drinkers the happiest ones ?

13 thoughts on ““A FINE DAY FOR RETIRED PERSONS” IN BOTUS FLEMING

  1. I’ve been experiencing the same photographic difficulties as you, by the look of things Martin, and it’s doubly frustrating when you can’t even see the pump clips, let alone get anywhere near the bar.

    As you’ll no doubt see, when I’ve written up my report of an overnight pub stay, what I thought was Old Dairy Blue Top – waitress’s recommendation, turned out to be Longman Best Bitter. I only discovered this after asking a different member of the waiting team for another pint.

    Having said that I can’t fault the staff, or the pub itself, for their hard work and dedication in making these ever-changing rules work, and for ensuring the whole experience is as good as it can be, under the circumstances.

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    1. Glad you commended the staff. I feel proud of our pub staff and servers; some really shining despite adversity. In a Devon pub tonight our helmet wearing hero had to apologise to TWO boorish customers over unwanted greens and ice (?).

      It’s a shame we can’t take good photos at the moment, but that’s life.

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      1. “Sitting at home in your underpants drinking pale beers and watching Netflix ix ill-advised.”

        I’ll have you know I’ve cancelled my Netflix. 😉

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  2. “with a FREE game of musical chairs at the Burger King that constituted the entirety of our evening culinary options.”

    Sigh. Sounds like our Christmas Day options in Jasper, Alberta a few years ago.

    “At the meat counter, a lady concluded her conversation with junior staff before promptly sticking a “COUNTER CLOSED” sign under my nose.”

    I’m beginning to think we have a lot in common. 🙂

    “it was our first introduction to the famed narrow lanes and high hedges of East Cornwall.”

    And, from the looks of the map, a lot of people ‘point’ing at things!

    “Not just the sign, the actual beer.”

    Ooooooohhh!

    “Gloriously, just the Bass and the Weston’s.”

    Pfft. Plus the Coors Light, the Guinness and the Carling. 😉

    “Is that legal under Medium Risk Covid Rules.”

    It brings ‘tiers’ to your eyes trying to figure it all out, dunnit? 😉

    “Why are Bass drinkers the happiest ones ?”

    Bit of a misnomer. Bass drinkers aren’t happiest per se. It’s just that you relate to them. 🙂

    Cheers

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      1. As you can by the time of the comment, it was getting late (for me) and if I’d lingered just a little bit longer I would have opened yet one more 473ml 7% IPA. 🙂

        Cheers!

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