I was glad the Exchange opened on time, as I wanted to get to my next Guide tick on the edge of Bradford for its 2pm opening.
Excitingly, the New Line is marked as New Line Motors on Google Maps (with a Prosecco glass symbol), which guarantees a disaster when BRAPA tips up after 5 pints.
I kid you not; this is the busy A657 heading out to Leeds, with “new” New Line in the background.
They like their flashy motors in Bradford.
I walked past the New Line just before Lockdown (1 of 4) when being Duncan’s taxi for West Yorkshire and non-one told me it was a certain pre-emptive.
I had to wait for the Idle Draper to open then, and once again you get the joy of me wittering on about how all the Proper Pubs in Greengates like the Albion are closed when I fancy a Tetley.
Half an hour to walk the hill to Idle and marvel at the wit of the Idle Working Mens Club, after which the village is presumably named.
If it ever opens I’ll go back in it again, I really will.
I had to rush back down the hill in New Line, which is a real place name as well as a motor firm dispensing gin, where the nice lady was just putting the “WE ARE OPEN” sign out at 13:59.
“I don’t want to seem keen” I said, “but are you open ?”.
A micro pub being open is STILL a thing of wonder in 2021.
The New Line isn’t necessarily a thing of wonder, but it is clean and pleasant and welcoming and has tables where your feet will touch the floor.
This is the tiny upstairs.
The downstairs is scarcely bigger. I reckon you could fit more in the Nutshell but I’m not starting that argument again.
Bradford has reached 1988 in music, so you get Aerosmith, All About Eve (the one that broke on Top of the Pops) and Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile“, which will be playing when the Prime Minister updates us on the road map on Monday.
I could have done with someone to natter to if I’m honest, but that’s my fault for tipping up at opening. I thought it was the law that micros HAD to have an Old Boy seated in the bar before it opened.
Anyway, I’ll let you guess the NBSS for this one;