On to our FREE camping pitch for the night, the car park for Brill Windmill (and the Pheasant Inn, truth be told).
I think we win “Best Free View From A Campervan” this month.
How many people know about Brill Windmill ? Not a lot, I’d wager. I’ve been telling Mrs RM for years it’s the windmill in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but that’s a fib.
I’m obliged to admit that Mrs RM’s photos are better than mine (here).*
While she weighed up her options for a late night “comfort break” (I still use that Triple fff carry-out), I explored a village I knew I’d been to at least twice pre-blog.
So I searched my own site;
Sounds like a recommendation.
Yards from our pitch, the Pheasant looked scruffier than you’d expect, but was packed with diners, so I headed to the heart of the Home Counties.
It feels a bit other-worldly and isolated from modern life, with Ye Olde Duck Decoys and medieval villages and cows at the door of the pub, but you’re barely 2 miles from the M40. You’ll just never find your way onto it.
The real target of my ire back whenever was the Pointer, a gastro which seemed to have acquired a hotel across the road and lost any sense of pubbiness.
In 2017 BRAPA wrote; “Another Dad/Daughter combo had arrived, she was whining so Dad gave her a bite of a sausage roll in a paper bag that looked suspiciously Greggs (surely not in Brill?) and the staff looked horrified.”
I wasn’t going back now to see if it had changed, but an hour later Mrs RM bullied (bullied !) me into a beer at the Pheasant, which by 21:00 had got shot of the gentlefolk diners and had a decent buzz about it.
And a local beer, brewed on the very edge of the village ! Tucked away amidst ale from Cornwall and West Yorkshire, mind.
“Two halves of (V)ale please” I said, mucking up the joke as you can’t speak in brackets.
It was fresh and cool, easily NBSS 3, but somehow I wasn’t convinced by it.
But the warmth of the staff, the pointless banter, and the constant coming and going for fag breaks; I can live with that.
*WARNING : Contains photos of cushions with inspirational sayings.