CHIPPY HUNTING IN ECCLESFIELD

Fish and chips are essential. Apparently.

The sun on your face and the first bloom of Spring is even more vital.

It felt like a minor rebirth as we strolled round the ancient village of Ecclesfield, just north of the Northern General and south of the birthplace of those Arctic Monkeys, whose most famous track “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” recalls a hilarious incident on a Young Codgers pub crawl round Grenoside.

Most of Sheffield’s suburbs so far have looked like, er, suburbs. Ecclesfield feels like a village. Look ! It’s got informative panels about scythe-making !

There’s half a dozen pubs so I’ll DEFINITELY be back, shivering in the pub garden in June seeing if the Black Bull has a new tenant.

There’s Doom Bar in the Travellers Rest, as the song goes,

and “Beer Range Varies” elsewhere.

Solid, stone-built pubs and ghost signs. What more do you want when you’ve been locked up for months ?

Well, a nice church on a hill with a genuine Tourist Attraction, I guess.

Sadly, we never found the 6 faces in a wall, an exhibit depicting the time a group of Pub Tickers asked for a top up of their Bradfield Blonde in 1972.

But we found the best-rated chippy, and Mrs RM even made it in the Friery before these two distraught lads.

Note the shirt sleeves. In Ecclesfield Park there were young people in crop tops !

We split two portions of freshly fried cod and chips (£11) between the three of us and felt renewed.

12 thoughts on “CHIPPY HUNTING IN ECCLESFIELD

  1. At the risk of destroying what little credibility I have as a music fan, I confess I thought “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” was a joke song title you’d invented, until I Googled it.

    When it comes to fish and chips, I must ask if you’re a fan of mushy peas. I was told the three of them go together as an unbreakable trio (though I seem to remember someone I knew from London saying she thought mushy peas were disgusting!).

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    1. Yes, and they also sang “Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured”. No dafter than “Yellow Submarine”.

      Yes I AM a fan of mushy peas, but they are grounds for divorce if Mrs RM as much as sees them. Did you have them in Macclesfield, Mark ?

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      1. “Yes I AM a fan of mushy peas, but they are grounds for divorce if Mrs RM as much as sees them.”

        You can hardly blame her. I mean, if my wife saw me with mushy pees she’d assume I’d contracted some horrible STD that had pus accompanying my urine output.

        Oh, wait… you said mushy ‘peas’, not ‘pees. 😉

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  2. “Fish and chips are essential. Apparently.”

    That’s how the dollar stores stay open (or, in your case, the pound shops). Sell a bag or chips (or, in your case, crisps) and it’s considered food so you can stay open!

    “The sun on your face and the first bloom of Spring is even more vital.”

    *cough* Vitamin D3. 🙂

    “Most of Sheffield’s suburbs so far have looked like, er, suburbs.”

    Go figure!

    “What more do you want when you’ve been locked up for months ?”

    Not being locked up for many more bloody months!

    “Sadly, we never found the 6 faces in a wall, ”

    For some reason, Google Maps says they’re across the road from the actual church? Also, the photo of the church reminded me that I’ve started to watch Sir Kenneth Clark’s “Civilisation” series. He can put you to sleep if you’re not careful, but has some interesting info. 😉

    (you can go to the link below and download them for free – choose MPEG4 on the right, then right-click and save each of the 13 episodes somewhere on your hard drive)

    https://archive.org/details/kccapv

    “In Ecclesfield Park there were young people in crop tops !”

    A lot of farming around there I gather? (i.e. ‘crop’ tops) 🙂

    Cheers!

    PS – Yes, I missed a few days. The first being Valentine’s Day which is self explanatory. Spent the day with my darling wife (who loved my yearly Valentine’s poem by the way) as well as doing a Skype with our eldest (and grandson!) as it was our grandson’s 2nd birthday! He apparently loves cake (heh) and blew out the lone candle… with a wee bit of help. 😉

    I missed Monday and Tuesday because, even though we stopped our lunch truck this past Friday, funnily enough, now that my better half has more time on her hands, I seem to be the opposite!
    (I blame my darling wife.) 🙂

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