I’d been thinking the folk on the Isle of Man were the luckiest people on earth. Pubs still open with minimal restrictions, Manx Queenies, the best coastline in the world.
But then it ended.
I feel for Dave, I really do; he’d only just completed his tour of the 133 pubs and clubs on Man.
I’ve got 610 pubs to take photos off from outside, dreaming of the day that Proper Pubs like, er, Kuckoo Rocks will re-open at last and serve Proper drinks like the Cara-Mac to eager pubgoers.
Yes, you get allsorts of pub in Sheffield. You left me contemplating a loyalty card for the Forty Foot,
which if pubs do return in May I shall undoubtedly visit in May.
I headed back towards Hillsborough, nearly bumping into the arches while scanning What Pub for other treasures. Shouldn’t there be a microbrewery under one of those ?
Back in March, my last live football, I couldn’t even get a hot chocolate from the away end at Hillsborough.
The closest pubs to the ground are an odd mix.
The cafe-styled Riverside,
the Sizzlin’ Park (scored 2/10 by Sheffield Hatter, always a recommendation*),
and a micropub I’d COMPLETELY missed, despite walking past it 4 times this year.
The Brass Monkey offers artisan gin, to distinguish it from the 13 out of 610 Sheffield pubs that DON’T offer artisan gin, I guess.
I pressed on, via Hillsborough Park, to the Big Yellow Storage place where I FINALLY found a missing lever-arch lever file with a purple sticker on that should have had a green sticker on it (don’t ask).
I’d never noticed the Cadbury factory before. Or Bertie Bassett. So much to discover.
I would have taken Mrs RM some chocolate back, but my hands were full with that lever-arch file.
That’s my excuse.
*Alan Winfield scored it 6/10; who do you trust (joking, Will)