|Grandma enjoying my ale at her 92nd Birthday do|
546 - SHIP INN, Sewerby - I had a bracing walk along the seafront from Brid to Sewerby but was pleased to see it open slightly before the designated 11:30am opening time. It was a Marston's pub which I'm getting used to in this part of the world (strangely) and although it only had two on, both were interesting and I did enjoy my Cinder's Doppleganger, with a real fire on one side and a parrot called Charlie Green (I asked the landlord of few words) on the other. It was a two roomed pub with an extra dining area in the back of the lounge. The friendly dark haired barmaid could probably get a bit grating if you had to listen to her all day but all in all, a good, solid start to 2015 pub ticking.
|Green parrot and real fire fun at the Ship, Sewerby|
547 - TELEGRAPH INN, Bridlington - I've said it before, I'll probably say it again, but "expectations" play a massive role in my enjoyment of BRAPA pubs and this was an occasion of when I've built up a pub in my mind only to be disappointed. Having heard it was local pub of the year 2013 and that they brew on-site, I expected a lot but all I found was a rather characterless building, some strange and edgy locals, and even my guest Great Newsome ale (a fine brewery) was a let down. Although a friendly chap sat next to me and told me where the loos were, I didn't feel comfortable here and was glad to leave. And no sign either of this fabled micro-brewery, only 2 or 3 guests I could see. Not Marston's owned, maybe this is why it stands out! My taxi driver later told me he didn't like the landlord of this place, and these things usually follow. Bridlington Town play nearby and may have been at home as a bit of activity around.
|Telegraph - a bit of a lead balloon syndrome|
|I wasn't "board" on my characterful outing in Skipsea!|
549 - MARINERS ARMS, Driffield - I arrived in the decent little town of Driff ("one street, you've only got one street") to find that this pub actually wasn't on the street which isn't great when you have a full bladder. It was bustling with a Saturday evening crowd of 20 something's, locals with their girlfriends, some playing pool, some watching FA Cup highlights, it was a proper old local pub this but very lively and obviously a real hub of the community. Again the pub was two roomed, again it was bloody Marston's but this time I had an excellent Banks' Sunbeam which I'd had before near Manchester Piccadilly so knew it was good. The slightly chavvy locals (am I snob?) were actually friendly as I sat down to watch the cup highlights, well away from the pool table where things were getting raucous. This was another ancient feeling pub, yes I was quite impressed.
|More night-vision "light shining on pub sign" problems in Drffield.|
550 - CORNERHOUSE, Beverley - Although I'd agonised over the decision of whether to go to the Great Kelk pub all day (I'd got the timing right for this 17:30 opener), I'd been told in Skipsea it had recently changed hands and I'd already done one taxi so decided to instead focus my attentions on completing Beverley which is also more alphabetically pleasing as you know I like to do them in some kind of order. Opposite to my experience at the Telegraph, I had no expectations for this pub just outside the centre and was pleasantly surprised to see a huge range of beers, loads of enthusiastic staff, and Saturday night in full swing with every seat taken and this really was a huge pub! I didn't mind about the seat shortage and leant on a back wall and chatted to a local chap who told me he wasn't concerned about it's reputation as a gastro pub as the food was good and enough people come here just to drink. Judging by the Abbeydale Deception, an immaculate beer kept as well as it should be, I could see why and this is a regular beer. A refreshing change from all the Marston's.
With time before the train, I popped back to Chequers for a half feeling I hadn't really done it justice last Sunday and my half of "Blend 1 - Camomile" from the local Atom brewery was as calming as you'd expect! Is this is best pub in Bev? Probably, but Cornerhouse on a quiet afternoon might run it very close.
|The Cornerhouse - a pub worth crossing a busy road for!|
p.s. Hull City have just gone out of the FA Cup so BRAPA on Sat 24th Jan is now all systems go. Not that I have a clue where I'm going yet!