MORE GREAT PUB BEER GARDENS

We woke in Dereham, refreshed by 8 hours sleep only interrupted by 3 re-fillings of the, er, milk bottle.

Baa Baa had kept watch all night, warding off the strange six-fingered creatures who stalk the Brecks, before Stage 2 of the road trip.

Kentish Paul knows this journey well, and will be staggered to learn we did it in 2 hours 40, despite the now inevitable rubbish driving at Dartford.

Baa Baa was apprehensive ahead of his trip to see the in-laws (ours, not his) in Royal Tunbridge Wells. He (?) had no reason to worry; we locked him in the boot and had beef for lunch in the garden.

Parental duties done, we booked a night in the car park of the Spotted Dog in Penshurst. Ah, but what’s that, a few miles east west ?

Edenbridge, the Lymm of the South, famed for its ancient church, beamed houses, quaint pubs and the New Order Tattoo shop. Mrs RM is getting a Bizarre Love Triangle tatt.

And a great stone bridge that is a bit of a let down if you’ve ever walked over the Brooklyn version.

It’s deserted at 6pm on Saturday, and you wonder how Edenbridge (pop 7,808) justifies TWO railway stations when Leigh (Lancs) has NONE.

Leigh doesn’t have its own symphonic metal band, either. Before you press Play on the video below, be warned it sounds like the 1997 Estonian Eurovision entry.

The Moment Is Now (ha ! to bring you my second new GBG tick of 2021.

As you’ll know, a “town” in England is defined by the presence of a micropub, and the Secret Cask has rescued West Kent with a fine example, for now offering takeaway beer to be enjoyed outside the premises.

We enjoyed a super-chilled Pig & Porter (not a euphemism, Russ) in plastic glass on the pavement (top), which has more grass than some beer gardens I’ve been to this week.

Half a dozen folk our age joined us to debate RTAs and drinking in Bahrain, which made it feel like a micropub experience even though we weren’t ACTUALLY in a micropub.

It was all a bit surreal, but as BRAPA will know a tick’s a tick.

21 thoughts on “MORE GREAT PUB BEER GARDENS

  1. A few observations here, if I may, Martin. I have completed the journey, from Dereham to Tonbridge, in a similar time to you and Mrs RM. Once the accommodation sector opens up again, have one last trip to make to the town, which will be to collect my late father’s ashes, but after that, it’s goodbye Dereham! (I ought to call in at the Cherry Tree though, for the sake of completeness).

    Depending on which one you are talking about, Leigh (the one just to the west of Tonbridge), does have a railway station. The two stations in Edenbridge ae a fair distance apart, but the town has never particularly endeared itself to me, and it’s nothing to do with the nearby London overspill estate of “Spital’s Cross!”

    I haven’t set foot in the Secret Cask either, but then I’m not a huge fan of micro-pubs.

    Ninally, I’ll be interested to read your report on the Spotted Dog, assuming you stopped by for a drink after using their car park. I might even take a drive over there myself, if I can pick a quiet time.

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  2. “refreshed by 8 hours sleep only interrupted by 3 re-fillings of the, er, milk bottle.”

    (slow golf clap)

    “warding off the strange six-fingered creatures who stalk the Brecks, before Stage 2 of the road trip.”

    Is there a nuclear plant nearby or do the locals just like to keep it all in the family? 😉

    “Kentish Paul knows this journey well, and will be staggered to learn we did it in 2 hours 40, despite the now inevitable rubbish driving at Dartford.”

    That’s either due to a) Covid or b) the Fates being kind after the late start from home the other day.

    “we locked him in the boot and had beef for lunch in the garden.”

    Tsk, tsk. And after he stood guard all night!

    “Mrs RM is getting a Bizarre Love Triangle tatt.”

    They do say polyamory is all the rage these days. 😉

    And, in the pic of the King and Queen pub, on the sign it looks like he’s wearing her tights.

    “And a great stone bridge that is a bit of a let down if you’ve ever walked over the Brooklyn version.”

    I have and, you’re right. 🙂

    “and you wonder how Edenbridge (pop 7,808) justifies TWO railway stations when Leigh (Lancs) has NONE.”

    Population density?

    “The Moment Is Now”

    Could be the saying of the year (crosses fingers).

    “for now offering takeaway beer to be enjoyed outside the premises.”

    That’s a bit redundant, innit?

    “We enjoyed a super-chilled Pig & Porter (not a euphemism, Russ) in plastic glass”

    Wait; so you literally had an animal (or part thereof) of the genus Sus, along with the fellow (or part thereof) who carried your bags, in a plastic glass?

    “Half a dozen folk our age joined us to debate RTAs”

    They were also wondering why Edenbridge has two railway stations while Leigh (Lancs) has none? *

    * – RTA: Regional Transit Authority 😉

    “It was all a bit surreal, but as BRAPA will know a tick’s a tick.”

    It’s been bloody surreal since last March!

    Cheers

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  3. I must say that “King & Queen” pub sign is one of the better ones I’ve seen.

    But man, that beer menu chalk board is a sad sight, with all the three of the keg slots filled and all five of the cask slots empty. A result of the pandemic, I imagine?

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    1. I wasn’t sure what you meant till I went back and checked Mark ! I reckon that board might be wrong and the beer was right (though key keg is “sort of” cask just cooler). The pub hasn’t been in use for 6 months so it’s just takeouts.

      I liked that King & Queen sign; there’s some good ones in South London/Surrey/Kent.

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