With Westcliff greened off, it was time to hop aboard the train to Southend where, despite thousands of football visits to Roots Hall over the years, I'd not done two of the three 2021 GBG ticks, both of which remained in this edition, having also featured in 2020.
I'd done the giant impressive Last Post, the Bell near the football ground, the fantastic Cork & Cheese in a shopping centre, and a nice modern one with Trout in the name, plus a few others I forget.
Good piece of advice from the bloke in charge at West Road Tap - for the first one, I was best getting off at Southend East. Southend has an east? Well, well, well.
I walked through the mean streets (well Lovelace Avenue for example) and past such delights as Kink Hair, Grumpy's Diner and a pop up Fireworks classic, nearly that time of year of ......
|Stop for a slurp?|
|Enjoying that traffic cone far too much|
|Col gets his own little flag, which is a nice touch|
|Retro game table, always sign of a solid pub|
|These folk were great and does it surprise you the stripy one tells me he once had a pet broccoli?|
I now had to walk to Southend Victoria bus station for my final pub of the day, and if there'd been the odd sign of my drunkeness peeping out, it was apparent to me now as I spent ages trying to my north from south, east from west, left from right, and arse from elbow to work out how one would catch a bus in the direction of northerly Leigh-on-Sea.
|Don't listen to sister BRAPA, probably the Covid talking!|
|Colin makes friends with Ian |
|Top ale, entertaining looking snacks|
My lack of clarity returned as I got majorly confused again trying to catch the bus back to Southend. I annoyed a young chap who just wanted to have his headphones in and not answer my questions. Then I furiously tried to flag down an out of service bus. When I got on a proper lit up one, I slipped on a wet leaf but kept my balance and paid the fare, all in one movement, which sobered me up again!
|Colin says ESB is his favourite pint and much nicer than Harvey's|
Train back seemed to go smoothly from what I can remember ......