706. Wellington Inn, Lund
And once again, we were struck by the pretty village with church, green at the front of pub, and calm feeling of serenity. It was a big surprise then to find the car park full, and the pub busy just minutes after opening, with a fully active kitchen going 'all hands to the pump' (or spatula or whatever they do). We were immediately impressed by the landlady who presided over the Welly, a mixture of professionalism and friendliness. Yes, there was no Great Kelk 'learning our trade and feeling our way around', this pub knew exactly what it was doing. Three or four ales were on, the Great Newsome Sleck Dust and American thing from Scarborough's North Riding were both sampled, both immaculate. One criticism for me would be the food menu was a bit too lavish on the whole, so sandwiches were the way to go, and I tell you now that Brie, Mango and Sweet Chilli on soft white with homemade chips and a bit of salad was wonderful. The barmaid who served us was a friendly young thing, excellent hostess, she had the look of a girl who'd won "junior East Yorks barmaid of the year" for the 20th consecutive year. Another minor gripe was the music, Elaine Page's 'Wishing on a Star" in the middle of summer? Funny cos Dad hates it as our family Christmas album. But such gripes are simply to add colour to my review. The two men facing us seemed a bit perturbed by the influx of diners on a Tuesday lunchtime, fancying themselves as the Steve Coogan/Rob Brydon combo of East Yorkshire food critics. The locals were meanwhile dressed in the M&S 'Blue Harbour' range, it seemed the rule. The landlady complained dust from the refurb (going on in a back room) was getting everywhere, but such was the quality of the pub, you'd barely have known it was happening. Wonderful stuff.
|The Wellington at Lund - it's 'boot'iful!|
Dad was soon setting his (pointless) SatNav for South Dalton (my GBG app could have got us there as quick) and about 1.5 miles later, hey presto we'd arrived. If Lund was a lovely village, South Dalton somehow eclipsed it with a stunning church and amazing cottages on the way in - it was truly picture postcard.
707. Pipe & Glass, South Dalton
We deliberately chose to eat in Lund rather than South Dalton because this place has a Michelin Star i.e. small portions for high price. Dad wanted to tell them his reason for not eating was that he was on Ramadan - not a point I actively discouraged but I gave him a disapproving look, and the danger was averted! I like to remind food orientated pubs that people can come just for their beer and that's what we did, eyeing up a nice range of Great Newsome and Wold Top ales. Again, the carpark was heaving but this time, the number of diners didn't seem to correspond. Staff were nice & buzzing around in aprons, the pub had a nice dark traditional lived in feel. They seemed a bit surprised we weren't eating, and we took our drinks to the extensive picnic tables at the front as it was quite a warm day despite the grey clouds. They'd gone full throttle on the foodie feel as the door to the toilets was almost blocked by tables! Luckily, there was a back way to the outside. We could really appreciate South Dalton from our vantage point, and we decided how 'Midsomer Murders' it was as shiny posh cars left the carpark over gravel, birds twittered from above and locals chuckled in the distance. A murder felt just around the corner, and surely if the beers had been Nettles IPA or Badgers Drift Best, it wouldn't have seemed out of place.
|Arriving at the entrance to the Pipe & Glass, "you can shove your Michelin Star sideways!"|
So after those two crackers, we reflected how lucky we've been. Suddenly, the Marston's cloud has been lifted from East Yorkshire and this combined with Goodmanham, Ellerton and others makes for a pleasing village portfolio. Great stuff.
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East Yorkshire could well be the first county I finish and I've put plans in place for our next trip next month, North Cave after a South Cave walk with Mum and Dad - let's do it! I really can't wait. The New Adelphi in Hull is the tricky tick opening 8pm but as Dad said "come to a home game and just leave early .... it won't be difficult (to leave a Hull City game early) HA HA HA".
West Yorkshire is the other contender for finishing first but I'm thinking my next midweek after-work tick will actually be Colton in North Yorkshire. It is next up alphabetically, busses only run Mon-Fri, it makes sense. And speaking of which, other North Yorks ticks would be better suited for after work - I'm thinking Cross Hills/Kildwick or Helwith Bridge.
My latest trip to Bedfordshire is on Saturday - part 6 no less. It's my third trip to East Beds and last night I spent AGES trying to work out how to do Dunton, Sandy, Felmerhsam and Great Barford on the same day without spending a fortune on taxis. It's all because Dunton's pub doesn't open til 2pm. It looks like a bus connection from Sandy-Bedford will fail to make for Felmersham by ONE MINUTE. I've tried to solve it from three different angles. Desperately frustrating but we'll plough on regardless!
I'm going to buy a lottery ticket every Friday for the Sat lotto draw. As they say "you've got to be in it to win it" and I think it's my destiny to complete BRAPA so I'd like to think forces from beyond will help me achieve this by stopping work getting in the way! I'd still pace myself and look for best travel options, even when I do scoop the £80,000,000 rollover.
So, the 700 up achieved in Aberdeen and now the question is, what will be the damage when the new GBG comes out? I mean, I will probably be able to get up to about 740 before I receive the 2016 book in early Sept but I'm sure I'll drop back below the 700 mark, but hopefully not massively so!