“Banning Christmas would be inhuman” says the Prime Minister today, proving himself out of touch with a nation only bothered about how I’M getting a pint on my birthday (22 December).
If anyone wants to interview me in a pub for an imaginary job on the 22nd to exploit the “Business Usage” loophole I’m happy to offer my services as a Guide to the Rough Bits of Kelham Island.
The 20 minute walk into the Valley of Beer looks best on the OS extract.
In sharp contrast to Waterbeach, which can only boast my parents cottage and a Roman ditch among its attractions, Neepsend (hidden by blue dots on the map) bursts with delights old and new.
2 pints of Ward’s if you can identify the pub above.
More lovely dereliction for you in the shape of Cannon Brewery.
You can see inside it here. It’ll make a great Brunning & Price.
And 2 pints of Stones Bitter of you can get me inside to look at the graffiti.
My goal was next to the Cutlery Works, Sheffield’s answer to Mackie Mayor.
Yes, I’ve succumbed to the pub take-out again.
Yes, it’s the Gardeners Rest, unsung hero of the Valley, offering beer from the pump at £2.50 a pint.
Sadly I couldn’t go in while they filled my 4 pint milk bottle, but here’s a reminder for you fellow Tier 3 sufferers what pubs look like.
I’d like to tell you I’d only bought the wonderful Sleepy Badger Stout for Mrs RM, as home drinking is a mortal sin, but decanting into a Bass glass acts as a sort of indulgence for lapsed Catholics like her, and you can’t let cask go off which it does after 3 hours.