3 days down in Kent. 3 ticks. That’s a 100% record !
Some gorgeous countryside in the Weald of Kent, though I regretted the 56 minute journey back to Tenterden, which I’m sure I only did 2 years ago.
Ah, it was 2 years ago. Right before the Lockdown.
A pretty place overrun by gentlefolk from Maidstone and Ashford; Pauline knows who I mean.
But if you’ve only got 20 minutes to explore a typical Weald village this is as good as any.
Come here on 3 March, Pauline, and hear all about “Life at Godrington House” (not a pub) at the WI.
in the building next to the best chemist sign outside Knaresborough.
I bought a Cornish pasty from the bakery next door. £3.20 is a bit steep, but it was warm and chewy (NCPSS 4) and greatly enjoyed in the graveyard.
I may make this a regular series if I ever finish the GBG.
For now, I’m 10am ticking in Tenterden, at the Old Diary Tap.
The brewery looks just as you’d expect; the Tap is a bit more homely. Lovingly cluttered, I’d say.
A slight hiccup at the bar as it transpires that the Tap opens at 10am so they can clean the lines till 11am, meaning I can only have a bottle at the advertised opening time.
Can a bottle be a tick, even if it’s bottled conditioned ale ? I don’t care about such ecumenical matters, particularly when there’s a nice seating area in which I practice my expert beer decanting.
Nice beer, Old Diary is a favourite on cask, but it’s still a tad fizzy for my delicate tummy at ten.
But my real gripe with brewery taps is that you always feel you’re intruding on a commercial enterprise with boxes being unpacked and bottles being displayed, rather than in a pub where conversation is welcomed.
Nevermind, there aren’t many places you’ll get a beer, let alone a tick at 10am, so treasure this one.