THE CHERRY TREE STICKS TWO FINGERS UP TO CRAFT

MORE Dereham ? you ask.

Well, it just gets better. If there were a league table of unheralded English market towns it would be at No.27, squeezed between Darlington and Dartford.

We TRIED to find something remarkable and new in the High Street,

but perhaps the £5 note dispenser is a shock too far.

So, with a takeaway curry ordered (never the same as a sit down, is it ?), we headed to the Cherry Tree.

You’ll remember this as the boozer that Kentish Paul and I assumed was a bit scary but turned out to be both charming and friendly.

We’d been in just before the November Lockdown, so it was only right we joined the Yoof of West Norfolk in the beer garden in the first week back.

Pubs with young people in are always great, even if they hog the tables with the heater. Mrs RM was cold. I was just old. In Dereham there’s a clear age division between the pubs;

Cherry Tree 18-24 and 65+

The Cock 25-55

Spoons 77-103

My notes say “Placebo Prosecco“. That’s all. I think Mrs RM was complaining that she’d been given an unusual placebo instead of a Covid jab, or it may have been a discussion about a rare B-side to “Nancy Boy“. Who knows.

I’d noted a lone handpump, Encore by Lacons (NBSS 3.5), and was delighted to see it served in a Proper Glass.

Oooh, that’s not bad is it ?”, said Charles, doing a two-fingered salute to the craft no doubt on offer if we’d asked, and I think you’ll see Charles was once again spot on.

We were told by Spice Fusion our delivery would take 45 minutes, but the driver was waiting for us at the campervan and I swear we weren’t in the Tree more than 20 minutes.

Just for Dave, we had Dhansak we always have because we’re boring.

9 thoughts on “THE CHERRY TREE STICKS TWO FINGERS UP TO CRAFT

  1. Oh dear, there doesn’t seem to be a pub in Dereham for my age group, being almost exactly poised between 55 and 65. It’s a difficult age.

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  2. “Placebo Prosecco” really does sound like the name of a song. Or a band. Or a race horse. 😉

    In Japan there’s the popular belief that young people are less sensitive to cold than older folks. So these kids hogging the heated pub garden tables need to get their act together, I say!

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  3. “THE CHERRY TREE STICKS TWO FINGERS UP TO CRAFT”

    (looks at the photo below)

    So; are two fingers sideways different from two fingers straight up? A bit like semaphore flags perhaps where position counts?

    “Well, it just gets better. ”

    Crickey!

    “We TRIED to find something remarkable and new in the High Street,”

    Well stone me! As you lot are wont to say. 😉

    “but perhaps the £5 note dispenser is a shock too far.”

    Especially if they’re free!
    (although I’m guessing it costs £6 to buy one) 😉

    “so it was only right we joined the Yoof of West Norfolk in the beer garden in the first week back.”

    There’s a limerick about that I believe.

    “Spoons 77-103”

    So much for the average age of 62!

    “My notes say “Placebo Prosecco“. That’s all.”

    Blimey. Shades of my blurred memory after a six pack of Old Peculier.

    “and was delighted to see it served in a Proper Glass.”

    (slow golf clap)

    John Smith’s is becoming the Doom Bar of 2021.

    “said Charles, doing a two-fingered salute to the craft no doubt on offer if we’d asked”

    From that I surmise position of the fingers is not that important in a two fingered salute.

    “and I swear we weren’t in the Tree more than 20 minutes.”

    (guffaw)

    Cheers!

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