Another 5 hour return journey to Sheffield, another deposit into Big Yellow Storage (Ellie Brooks and The Fall LPs today), another journey through the Tier 3 wastelands of South Yorkshire and the East Midlands on the way home.
The lack of any indoor seating (whether cafe or pub) till you reach Peterborough is beginning to grind. I was half wishing the Dukeries Tap in Worksop would be open for take-outs so I could have my first GBG tick of the month, but no luck.
But we’re still allowed to enjoy the sun, unless we’re Tier 2 or 3 attempting to enjoy it in Cornwall, and I paused awhile in bucolic Rotherham Borough to enjoy Anston.
But ONLY South Anston, mind. I don’t want to use all my potential material too early.
South Anston has a Guide pub (again), but is really all about the church on the hill.
I followed an old lady under the arch into St James, before becoming a bit self-conscious and heading towards Kiveton woods.
Three little birds sat on the fence, then flew away. Probably to Tier 1.
On the lane down to the High Street I stopped to admire the 15th century wood carving, depicting Father Christmas delivering Good Beer Guides in Kiveton Park.
It’s an undemonstrative little village, with small pleasures.
I would have LOVED a half of IPA, even if I had to have a “substantial meal” with it.
It’s so sad, seeing village pubs in Tier 3 deprived of their December custom having invested so much to keep their customers safe. I guess the same is true of the 3 village churches, deprived of the midnight drunks on Christmas Eve.
Ah, the Loyal Trooper. You served me a fantastic pint of Tetley in 2006 and I’ve always wanted to go back.
Simon visited in 2016, just before he recruited a witty blog title writer.
Never mind the title, this was classic BRAPA content, underpinned by pork chop man and blind groper, two of his most enduring pub characters. Peter Postlethwaite is slated for the role of pork chop man in the film.
“Pete’s wife had put his pork chop in the oven two hours ago, he wondered if it’d be done yet. “Very crispy” was the general consensus.“
“Tempting as it was to stay the full hour and risk being groped by an old blind man.”
Here’s Si looking punk. I assume it was taken in a Brunning & Price later that day; perhaps Simon will confirm.