Having said all that, it's easier when you have a chauffeur (sadly, a rarity!) and Dad was happy to drive us east out of York for a couple of new East Yorkshire pub ticks......
619 - St Vincent Arms, Sutton upon Derwent - We arrived at this pub that has been on my radar for long before BRAPA was in my mind, shortly after 2pm knowing that it is due to close from 3-6pm, as is still the case in some rural pubs, particularly noticeable in the Yorkshire region The atmosphere was at a real lull, somewhere between that post-lunchtime winding down and that pre-last orders winding up. There was also a sense of 'waiting', but what for, I can't be sure. Judging by the regulars average age, 'death' could have been the answer. Unusually for anywhere in the north, this was a Fullers pub but the ales were supplemented by local standards including Tim Taylor Landlord and York Terrier, resplendent with old style pump clip before York went all harsh, dark and angular. Dad was particularly impressed with the quality of the ale, and cheap too at £2.60 a pint. The food menu looked ridiculously outlandish with things like Lobster Thermidore and Guinea Fowl for prices that make the eyes bleed. Because of this, it didn't quite feel pubby enough to be a classic, though when my phone rang, the locals glared as though I had no right to own such a device. Perhaps they were right. There was a rush to be bar about 2:55pm, so sensing last orders, I got a refreshingly northern tasting Fullers Chiswick in before the barman called 'time'. The locals sat for a further 20 mins reading newspapers, totally unphased, refusing to even make eye contact with their spouses, so I spanned out my pint for as long as possible,
|Arriving at the St Vincent, named after a Nelson battle, in S.O.D.|
|Unusual and slightly pervy barstool in Elvington's Grey Horse|
|If I was smiling on the way in, I was ecstatic on the way out!|
Yesterday's two East Yorkshire pub ticks (now at 27) move it above South Yorks (25) in the 'pubs leaderboard' into 4th place, behind West Yorks (103), North Yorks (82) and Greater Manchester (33).
Dad enjoyed it so much, he's offered to drive us to tricky East Yorks pubs in Millington and Goodmanham in the summer, I'm penciling in 6th June for that one.
It'll be normal service resumed on Tuesday as I get back on the 'outer Halifax' trail with the trip to Hipperholme, providing I can get out of work bang on 4pm!
Bedfordshire is next Saturday so a bit of planning around bus times, taxi numbers etc is needed at some point during the next week.
The business cards are here! They look quite good, Logo could be bigger, as could most of the text. Should maybe have my Instagram and Twitter addresses on but that'd put pressure on me to keep them up to date at all times. I'll have think between now and the last batch. I left one in Ellerton yesterday but forgot about Sutton upon Derwent, but not sure they use computers.
See you for more archives and the midweek write up soon.