Right, another day, another GBG county to finish. I offered Mrs RM a choice of Bury or Bridlington.
She chose Bury.
Perhaps she thought I meant t’other Bury.
No, apparently she wanted to see the transformation of Greater’s Manchester finest purveyor of offal.
But we started off in Tim Horton’s where I introduced her to timbits.
I’ll be frank; after raving about Tim Horton in Glasgow, Cardiff and Brum, this was a huge letdown. Weak coffee, dry doughnuts, the place empty at 13:30.
Even worse, the main market was closed (it’s not just micropubs that have duff opening hours info). What to do before the Broad Street Social opened at 15:00, putting me out of my Greater Manchester misery ?
Well, let’s admire the
civic buildings pubs, shall we ?
The Army Reserve Centre next to the castle remains is impressive,
and would make a good Brunning & Price.
And the Art Museum was actually open today.
We liked this, and Tina’s Tea Room on the balcony would have been a better lunch stop than Tim’s.
I particularly like the 1903 FA Cup, which the Shakers were allowed to keep after their record-breaking 6-0 Final victory* over Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.
There’s even some “modern art”, like this piece that moves when it senses anyone humming Coldplay.
Mrs RM left me to tick the Broad Street Social (on my third attempt) while she went off for a look at the shops.
It’s often the way that a place that’s annoyed me with duff opening hours delivers the good when it does open, and the Brewsmith Tap was a cracker.
Cheery staff (I declined the loyalty card), Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” as the soundtrack, and a chance to read Bono’s book about Lateral Thinking (top). It’s better than his ’90s albums.
For what it’s worth, the Bitter was a sherberty classic, cool and crisp (NBSS 4). Lacings alert !
Mrs RM was surprised when I arrived to mop up her baklava at 15:03 (the pub opened 5 minutes early), and I finally took a table at Bury’s famed deli-cum-cafe.
Their double espresso is the best caffeine hit you will get in Greater Manchester, but sadly I can’t mark in in my GBG.
*Since City’s 6-0 Final win over Watford in 2019 the trophy is rotated between Bury and the Etihad on the tram.