MANCHESTER – NO ROOM OUTSIDE THE INN

Eagle-eyed readers (that’s you, Bill) may have noticed I hadn’t had a drink yet on the Glorious 12th, and I wasn’t going to get one till Manchester as the Sheffield Tap seating was full when I got back to the station.

Bing maps reckon the 56 minute trip across the Peak goes in a perfect straight line.

But I rather doubt that. Artistic licence.

My first train journey since the January Lockdown; I’d forgotten how gorgeous the views were, and everyone gets a window seat at the moment.

That view was somewhere near Edale; I guess I should pop over to The Rambler for a pint of Otter John Smiths Smooth.

Barber Booth ? It’s a sign ! I was headed to Manchester for my first cut for 4 months. Simon had bought a new camera especially for the horror show of my hair on the morning of 12 April.

Quite odd getting out at Piccadilly for the first time since last March.

There’s actually one new Manchester Guide entry, but Beatnikz Republic had kindly decided to open up once I’d headed back home.

But the “No Bookings” policy was encouraging, and I thought I’d find a seat for an hour in what real Mancunians call “The Quarter” before my cut.

No space at the inn. What you can’t see there is the queue to join the queues for a table in Stevenson Square between Flok and Hula and 7 Sins.
Frankly, great to see, though I could have done a better job taking a shot from an angle that would make it look like folk were licking each other, I guess.

Manchester’s most famous pubs like the Lost Dene and Wetherspoons don’t really have workable outdoor areas, so everyone heads for the pedestrianised areas, and hovers. I hovered for 30 seconds, then dived for a table on the pavement outside Soup Kitchen (aka SOUP).

Yes, it’s not St Mark’s Square, but it’s nice to be part of history, and there’s some dubious activity in the parked cars two yards away that I’ll remain in deep ignorance of.

A smooth Shindigger IPA in a plastic glass, £5.20. No blokes in Hi-Vis singing “I saw the sign“, but Whigfield in the loos (as it were) keeps that 94-95 vibe alive.

I loved that Whigfield album. Ask Mrs RM.

8 thoughts on “MANCHESTER – NO ROOM OUTSIDE THE INN

  1. I can’s see the point of drinking over priced beer from plastic cups outside in the cold. Thank god I’ve got a house of my own and shops nearby.

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  2. I had noticed that you were yet to have a proper drink on Pubmas Day, RM. Despite the cost and inconvenience, I would gladly pay £5.20 for a plastic glass of something, just to get a pint of proper beer from, if not in a pub. Still 26 April for us in Nicola’s Caledonian Paradise, I’m afraid.

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  3. “But I rather doubt that. Artistic licence.”

    Or what some might dub laziness on their part.

    “Barber Booth ? It’s a sign !”

    I was going to say, what’s with all the booths?

    “Simon had bought a new camera especially for the horror show of my hair on the morning of 12 April.”

    It’s like someone crossed an egg with a potato that’s going to seed.

    “but Beatnikz Republic had kindly decided to open up once I’d headed back home.”

    They obviously didn’t want to deter you from getting that haircut. 😉

    “What you can’t see there is the queue to join the queues ”

    Blimey. Kinda like how one goes round and round in a line at Disney.

    “though I could have done a better job taking a shot from an angle that would make it look like folk were licking each other, I guess.”

    Only ‘journalists’ do that for the clickbait value.

    “but it’s nice to be part of history”

    Infamy awaits!

    “and there’s some dubious activity in the parked cars two yards away that I’ll remain in deep ignorance of.”

    Ok, now THAT’S clickbait! 🙂

    “I loved that Whigfield album. Ask Mrs RM.”

    On my to-do list if I ever get over there. 😉

    Cheers

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