I thought I'd 'finished' this county back in August after a celebratory trip to Hull's New Adelphi Club, but Mark Bainton and his EY CAMRA cronies stuck 5 new pubs in the 2016 GBG just to remind me how frustrating this 'cross-ticking' challenge can be.
As we drove out to Pollington, we passed places like Burn and Great Heck and hope my 'south of York' expert Krzb Britain wasn't too upset I was not consulting him on such a place.
707. King's Head, Pollington
We parked up at 11:59am, pleased to see the pub already open and a jolly smoker with five smoking friends waved at me from a covered smoking area out the back - it looked like the piss-up had started admirably early! We entered through the front to be greeted by one of those ultimate BRAPA turn offs, tables laid out with knives, forks and place mats. 4 ales were on, two from the very Locale Great Heck brewery and their 'blonde' ale was brilliant and easily the highlight of my experience here. A woman (presumably from the smoking area) came in, and strewth, if there was a BRAPA award for "unnecessarily loud speaking person of the year", she'd have won by a country mile!! This was felt even greater when two men joined her (including jolly smoker) and she screamed 2cm from their faces "HOW ARE YOU BOTH TODAY?!" The gang soon returned to where they had come and Dad debated whether food was on, or was it all just laid out for the evening? The barmaid who was a bit of a non-entity wasn't going to help us out, so it was left for old man with his Filipino mail-order bride (who spoke no English) to be presented with two menus. It was too late for us anyway, my second Great Heck ale, the Navigator, wasn't well kept and it was time to move on. I still had time to spy a strange pantry set-up selling everything from Bisto gravy to Gilette razors, but the jury is still out on this particular pub.
|A bit of a mixed bag in Pollington.|
708. Whelans, Asselby
Sometimes you walk into a pub and you just know it is going to do well for you. Ignoring their pretensions of being an "Irish Pub" would be a good place to start, to me, this is a synonym for 'shit hole' and does a pub as great as this no favours at all. The landlord was a friendly chap with an air of the "reformed Gooligan" about him, he presided over great ales from 'Bird Brain' in Howden, 'Chantry' from Rotherham, 'Atom' Hull and most brilliantly, 'Half Moon' Ellerton's 100th brew which was citrus heaven and Dad declared (as he often does on a BRAPA day), his definitive beer of the year! The pub had a great old wooden country pub feel, and we settled behind a pillar to some magnificent food (we made sure we asked outright if food was on this time!) and my chilli con carne was the best I've ever had in a pub, even better than the Greyhound in Riccall and that does good food. I wasn't even that hungry and ate the whole thing! As Dad paid the tab, we got talking to Mrs Whelan's too so I made sure got a customary BRAPA mention in, and gave them a Twitter shout out.
|Another "Dad + Rural East Yorks pub = Success" equation|
THE 2016 EAST YORKSHIRE GBG CONUNDRUM
When cross-ticking every other county in the GBG, the decision making re what had been taken out and what had been left in made total sense. But what 'Beefy' and co were playing at in EY, I just cannot comprehend.
Dad's theory is that all CAMRA inspections took place in a drunken state and no-one had a hope of making a well judged informed decision. This certainly supports the anecdote where they invaded and claimed the Goodmanham Arms as their own, and then wondered why the locals were peed off!
How can you account for Ellerton's "Boot & Shoe" being taken out, certainly a strong candidate for my BRAPA pub of the year?
How can Beverley's Tiger Inn still be in? I've never known such a tired beer effort, even if it was friendly & ancient, when they are de-guiding the Cornerhouse which seemed to me, impressive and buzzing with life.
Brid's Telegraph AND Marine Bar still going strong? What's next, Seabirds? Especially as nearby Skipsea's Board Inn has been ejected, despite being superior to both in every category from what I could tell from my visit.
Let's look at Cottingham. Ok, maybe the Blue Bell is a bit namby pamby but beer was quality both times for a Marston's, it's clean and comfy, and the Railway? Well maybe we didn't catch at the right time, but it didn't scream GBG shoe-in at any point, though the staff were superbly fast workers.
And don't get me started on the de-listing of poor Great Kelk. If any pub needs the encouragement that their hard work of establishing themselves deserves, it is here. A real kick in the beer gut. All the more galling when Hedon's Haven Arms with it's terrible pear flavoured vinegar remains in.
And Hull, oh dear?! Admiral of the Humber? Hop & Vine? Larkins? St John's Hotel? Sailmakers? Really?! I think someone has quotas to fill. You may as will give the Burlington's it's debut. At least it's great to see all 3 Scale Laners in together.
And what about Driffield's cracking little micro pub, Butcher's Dog, don't tell me it hasn't been opened long enough cos I know it has.
Come on EY CAMRA, shape up!