A DARING DASH FROM DARNALL

The big news in Sheffield tonight is the announcement of the closure of the John Lewis store.

I’m heartbroken; In 1982 I bought a Technics midi-system from John Lewis (aka Robert Sayle,Cambridge) for £295 and obviously NO shop you remember from your youth should EVER be allowed to close (see also : Woolworths, Parrot Records, Blockbusters).

The good news is that Mrs RM will still be able to pick up and then return John Lewis items to Sheffield’s Waitrose on a weekly basis so the earth remains on its axis.

Talking of Mrs RM, let’s return to our joint exploration of the eastern estates. We’d parked in Darnall, just off the Parkway (think Route 66) near the 3 Feathers.

Will has taken the iconic photo and made the iconic map correction on Pubs Galore, but the iconic review of the John Smiths Smooth will have to wait for my visit in May.

This is, excitingly, a virtual cask desert (remember them), far away from the Valley of Beer.

But who could resist the curves of the Merrie M*nk, tucked round the corner from the chippy (untried, but cheap).

Again, photo and map correction from the Hatter, who clearly doesn’t recognise a classic keg pub when he sees it.

But he got a better pic of the Steel Inn before it was ruthlessly converted into a children’s club, leaving just a wall as remembrance.

Couldn’t they just have added a Wacky Warehouse to the pub ?

Mrs RM had a “comfort break” in the Lidl while I searched the crescent of artisan shops for a flat white.

Without success.

Good street art though. DON’T search for STEFRabit69, Russ.

We crossed the footbridge over the A57 (the bit that’s NOT the Snake Pass) near the skeleton biker (top) and I made a detour to admire one more keg pub admired, but not entered, by Will.

Let this be the proof that Sheffield is not ALL glorious cask. In fact, I’ve seen more real ale in Corby than Manor.

But could you resist a pub with that “Lounge” sign ? Thought not.

11 thoughts on “A DARING DASH FROM DARNALL

  1. I think Corby was probably modelled on Manor.

    Sad to see that the Merrie Monk’s sign is looking a little the worse for wear – eight years of the weather in Manor will do that to you.

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  2. “The big news in Sheffield tonight is the announcement of the closure of the John Lewis store.”

    Sigh. I fear there will be many such closures if things don’t improve.

    (and as for the top photo; wasn’t he one of the fellows waiting in the wine garden?) 😉

    “(see also : Woolworths, Parrot Records, Blockbusters).”

    And over here, add Eaton’s (or Eaton in Quebec because the French don’t do the possessive ‘s’), Fotomat, and Target (Canada). 😉

    “just off the Parkway (think Route 66)”

    I thought the A514 was the UK version of Route 66?

    https://lifeafterfootball839.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/get-your-kicks-on-the-a514/

    “This is, excitingly, a virtual cask desert (remember them)”

    What, cemeteries? I thought they were overflowing due to Covid!

    “But who could resist the curves of the Merrie M*nk, ”

    I’m guessing Mank, as it’s in honour of Manchester. 😉

    “Again, photo and map correction from the Hatter,”

    Bugger. Monk was my second guess. 🙂

    “But he got a better pic of the Steel Inn before it was ruthlessly converted into a children’s club, leaving just a wall as remembrance.”

    Bloody kids.
    (also, does the wall have a list of names or maybe cask beers sold, like the Vietnam Wall thingy in the US?)

    “Mrs RM had a “comfort break” in the Lidl ”

    Hopefully not in one of the aisles? 😉

    “DON’T search for STEFRabit69, Russ.”

    Now you’ve done it!
    (but I’ll wait till I’m home alone for five or six weeks before doing so) 🙂

    “But could you resist a pub with that “Lounge” sign ? Thought not.”

    I’m guessing those curtains only open on the Half Moon when there’s a full moon to see? 😉

    Cheers

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      1. “Canada would cease to exist if Tims ever closed, wouldn’t it?”

        For a lot of ‘Canucks’, yes. 😉

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  3. Don’t think I’ve seen a vape store slogan quite so direct as “Stop smoking– start vaping today” over here. But maybe I’m just not paying attention!

    Do you sometimes go into pubs like that flat-roof Half Moon one? I like the idea of checking such a place out, but then I get this image in my mind of a bunch of regulars turning and staring, stony faced, as I enter the place. Heck, I’m sure I could win them over, after I’d got a pint or two in me… 😉

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      1. Thanks for the link to the Never Ending Pub Crawl website. I like the review of the 14th pub of the day, where Alan notices a map of the town on the ceiling – not something I’d have noticed after seven pints. Or if I had noticed it, there’s no chance I’d have written it in my notebook. (After missing out three pubs, Alan ended up doing “only” 19.)

        Your photo of the Hyde Park was taken with your patented mauve bench filter, wasn’t it? I refer the defendant to Alan Winfield’s photo of normal benches. Have you anything to say before sentence is passed?

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      2. I think I have a photo somewhere of the Hyde Park being disastrously modernised during the first Lockdown; there’s a van with “ACME Estate Pubs Improvement Programme” written on the side. So I plead “Not Proven”.

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  4. ” I’m sure I could win them over, after I’d got a pint or two in me… ”

    If you can get that much beer down you, given the stony-faced staring.

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