These are worrying times, apparently. I understand some of you are being denied your human right to sit in a pub and stare at strangers over a pint of foaming Doom Bar.
What you need is some pictures from Harlow New Town, I think.
Look how happy Harlow’s most famous son was to escape to Droitwich Spa (marginally better pubs) at the age of 3.
That painting of
Ken Dodd Rik is a highlight of my self-guided tour around Harlow before my next pub opened. There IS a helpful map but it only tells me where I can buy lipstick and cycle repair kits.
Where does the new town rank alongside the other post-war creations of Stevenage, Basildon, and Hemel ?
Well, there’s potential for some future blogging during Lockdown 2, I guess.
Nice brutalist church though.
I used to come here on occasional hospital business, and with Covid cases surging in the area the Princess Alex seems busier than ever with the wail of sirens omnipresent. In the indoor shopping centre, half the customers aren’t wearing masks, though I’m sure that’s coincidence.
The Harvey Centre has nothing I need, though what appears to be a storehouse for a social history exhibition next to BB Muffins has promise.
But it’s the dreich streets that contain Harlow’s treasures.
The Spoons was in the Beer Guide for a while, with a young manager supporting local breweries (Ugh !) and providing quality beer to a discerning if boisterous clientele.
But it lost its place a while back, and you’ll have to travel out to the Old Town for your GBG fun and buildings older than 1947.
Knowing my luck the Stonegate Clock (Doom Bar, accepts your CAMRA voiuchers) will get in the GBG22 while we’re in Tier 6 Lockdown.
“2 for 1” desserts in the Clock House, essential in building up resilience to the Covid sweeping West Essex.
Actually, I would have recommended the King Du noodle bar opposite the Spoons, but with that not opening till 3pm (why ?) you’re left with a proper old greasy spoon;
Nice outdoor seating option at Cafe Elite.
There you go, New Harlow. The Southworths are already changing their travel plans.