The South East London quest continued apace on August Bank Holiday Monday. Gotta scrutinise those opening hours extra carefully.
Experience tells me that it is 50/50 whether pubs that don't normally open Monday but do open Sunday, choose to open on a Bank Holiday Monday.
The situation wasn't looking as bad as it probably would in say, Cornwall or Cumbria, and I had the added bonus of discovering via 'social media' that my first pub was hosting a keg & cider beer festival, and it doesn't normally open Monday at all, so that was a barry bonus.
Nunhead was perhaps the most London place I'd visited since I walked down Leytonstone High Road with Daddy BRAPA in '98, and this striking corner bar and propped up bicycle seemed representative of the area.
A 25 minute walk east followed, where I had my only real 'Bank Holiday Question Mark' (BHQM) of the day. This pub opens 1pm Sunday, 4pm Monday. So which approach was it going to take? I arrived at 15:24, and it was immediately obvious!
Despite being out of Westcombe Park a little bit later than I'd hoped, I calculated that if I drank 25 minute pints from hereon in, and had a bit of luck with the Tube, both a 5th tick AND an ESB might be on.
I was on an Extra Special mission now, and was in Parcel Yard less than half an hour after leaving the Ship, comfortable for a pint and the last Grand Central back to York. I even got into my favourite room, another bloke fell asleep, fellow ticker Eddie Fogden who'd been down in Sussex joined me for a quick jolly cameo, and I made the train with five mins to spare. Hic! Jobs a good 'un.