Last report from Beautiful Bloomin’ Barnsley, a title the TIC can have for the price of a pint of Smooth in our last pub on Friday afternoon.
Yes, it’s BACK to the Shakespeare, as unlikely a return visit as you’ll get on any pub blog this year.
Mrs RM was a little unconvinced, but the 100% absolutely authentic likeness of young Marilyn and old Bill won her over.
In the garden the table we were pointed to was nabbed by someone faster than Mrs RM, but a kindly gent from Doncaster offered us a seat on our table, which he immediately regretted as his moderately questionable views were then dismantled by his guest over the next half hour.
I admired a Donny man enjoying his new found freedom by travelling to Barnsley to save 10p on a pint.
John Smiths Smooth (NJSSSS 4), the people choice, for me, a VERY large G & (slimline) tonic for her. To be fair, she’d had more Smooth that first two weeks of pubs return than the whole of CAMRA.
Suddenly we needed to run to catch the train. Mrs RM shouted;
“LOOK ! PARROTS ! LOOK ! PINEAPPLE MAN !”
It was like being with BRAPA, but safer.
Back in Elsecar, I collected our Chinese takeaway from Thai Zhong while Mrs RM made the campervan look as inconspicuous as possible in the corner of the car park.
Blimey the Crispy Beef was good. Not quite Chung Hwa good, but close enough.
Despite more noise from the Market Inn across the way than we’d heard from a pub in months, we slept the sleep of the just.