“He’s not STILL moaning about opening hours, surely !”
You lot love it. Only today a post I wrote about a Margate craft bar in 2018 is getting read, probably in Moldova.
And the Royal Oak in Curthwaite was an absolute gem for lovers of unexpectedly closed pubs.
The Royal Oak is a dining pub relying on weekend trade, and their Website and Facebook promised all day opening and Morecambe Bay Shrimps on Toasted Bread for £7.45 (starter).
With half an hour till opening I did my usual walk of the bounds (what are “bounds” ?) while Mrs RM did whatever she does on here phone in the campervan.
It’s a gorgeous little village, bar the yapping dog that chased me down towards the railway line and one of only three railway buildings in Britain that aren’t yet a micropub. The listed water tower could be recommissioned as a brewery, surely.
Wiki has nothing at all to say about Curthwaite, whether in total or the Western section.
I thought Matty Lonning was a Fairport Convention album track, and there’s definitely a Fairport feel about the place.
The best building in Cursworth cleverly survived the 1666 Great Fire of London by being built in Cumbria;
Of course, I didn’t know that at 12:00, with no sign on the door or the social media, and told a couple in a sports car from LiVARpool to wait ten minutes as they may be open late. They kept the engine running for five, then drove off.
At 12:10 I phoned up, and got a message along the lines “We’re closed for refurbishment, call back later“.
Ah, “later”. Later never comes.
Anyway, good luck with the refurbishment, and finding staff, and see you again later this year.