It had been 27 years since I last set foot in Torquay. Back in 1995 I bought the Lemonheads album on cassette (honest, it was a thing in 1995), and watched a basement league 3-3 draw with Chesterfield while Mrs RM bought shelving, a theme for our marriage.
The Hole in the Wall was the lone Beer Guide tick for what seemed like 3 centuries, so it was a relief to see The Buccaneer takeover and give me chance to re-evaluate the home of Fawlty Towers.
Except the Buccaneer is 2 miles away in Babbacombe Bay (top), which turns out to be quite beautiful in the sun that followed me around throughout July.
It’s incredibly appealing, unless you consider seaside holiday the spawn of the devil, as do I.
At the end of row of small (“boutique”) hotels for 50 something couples from Bristol,
the Buccaneer is a rare St Austell house in the Guide.
Perhaps it’s the Bass mirror from Wrexham that swings it ?
At the bar an amiable chap we’ll call Steve from Stapleton is ordering 2 pints of Fosters and a coffee. It takes ages. As I say “Just a half of Proper Job, please” he turns to profusely apologise. “Sorry, mate, should have let you go first”. THIS give me great heart for the future.
I’m also heartened that the Proper Job is surviving the heat, a cool and chewy* 3.5. A well-deserved GBG entry.
This was the week that “Running Up The Hill” made Number 1 after 37 years, but it took Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere” to get the bloke in a Banks’s T-shirt to hum along. Perhaps all IS lost, after all.