I always try and amuse myself where possible during this pain-staking process of trying to visit every pub in the Good Beer Guide.
I took a bottle of Oral-B mouthwash to the village of Thoralby. I took a Pumice Stone to Penistone (it could've been worse I guess), and tonight, I took a can of Pepsi to Shirland so I could 'do a joke'.
Sadly, tonight's pub was such a 'quirk fest' from start to finish, it didn't occur to me to fish the can of Pepsi from the bottom of my rucksack until I was on the train home. FAIL!
As usual, I hopped aboard the 16:04 L**ds to Alfreton train and after the usual 90 minutes of agony (a bit like watching Hull City) I arrived a few minutes behind schedule and had to stride out across town to reach the bus station.
And yet again, that blind bugger with his funky white stick just got in front of me and blocked me off at the station exit. He's doing it deliberately I'm sure, what a BRAPA crapper that man has become!
And JUST like last week, a 'Comet' bus was just departing the moment I arrived at what Alfreton calls a bus station. Bugger. But the next one was only 15 minutes away, and Shirland was just a quick 'whizz' up the road.
The fairground was in full swing, it looked high octane stuff .....
|This ride was later found in a field on the outskirts of Wirksworth|
I decided not to cross the road and take photos of the folk (mainly teenage girls) enjoying the fair, for fear of being arrested and put on one of those registers, so kept my eye firmly on the prize and headed down the road past a toothless family where the pub was inconveniently located off centre.
|The two banners scream 'NEARLY PUB' but it was a winner in my eyes|
|Nice of them to put my owl picture up|
|You're pulling my chain|
|Poppy has a slurp|
|Eggs, eggs and more eggs|
|View to the bar and complimentary snacks|
Sadly, there was a direct L**ds service just 20 minutes away so despite the Prospect looking like a rather good prospect, I'll have to just hope that Poison one gets in the GBG instead.
|Turn right at the Pukka Pies chippy for a new micropub not far from the station.|
Also, I had a VERY heavy day in South Derbyshire / Staffordshire planned for the Saturday, so best not to overdo it. I'll tell you all about that in 3 parts soon, you've been warned!