Lots of short posts for you, in case I run out of material before December.
November 4th 2020. The last day before Lockdown 2, with no idea how long it might last, and whether there’d actually be any pubs to return to.
Disastrously, I’d allowed young BRAPA to score more GBG ticks than me in August and September, despite visiting more pubs than him. That’s rather like Manchester City having eighteen shots to Hull Tiger’s seven but failing to make it count and dropping 2 points.
What I needed was a big last day to at least win a shortened November.
London was calling, as someone overrated once sang.
Note I’d elected for the Off-Peak Return, rather than a Travelcard. No way am I going underground, as someone less overrated once sang.
I’d produced a rather fetching map for the occasion. Twenty-one (21) pubs to do, though POSSIBLY not all on Wednesday. I’m no Alan Winfield.
It was actually quite emotional to emerge onto the plaza at King’s Cross, for the first time in nearly a year. Quieter than usual, but more beautiful than ever.
Some folk were sceptical (US readers : skeptical) of my proposal to WALK London, so here’s the plan, if not the proof.
Actually, it’s not the plan. I set off down Gray’s Inn Road, admiring the craft beer offer,
the ornate Travelodge,
and the lovely Young’s pub that somehow makes it into the Guide year on year despite the flood of craft in WC1 (Joke – nothing ever changes in WC1).
When you’re in London it’s your civic duty to,
a) Walk at a brisk pace and only stop abruptly to take photos of pubs
b) Admire the scenery
c) Stop for a late breakfast at one of those long- suffering tax paying sandwich shops the Government ask us to support.
I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a Pret before. I think they’re a small independent chain operating from underneath the railway arches in Hackney Wick.
This is “Pigs in Blankets“. I leave you to go “Oooh”/recoil in horror as appropriate.
A week later there is STILL mustard on my long-suffering fleece.
Suitably fortified, I pressed on to St Pauls...
tbc, as they say