I woke up in a cold sweat at 3 a.m. I realised I'm going on holiday tomorrow, one of those liver defying BRAPA epics. And I've still got 18 pubs to tell you about! I'll never catch up at this rate, unless I keep it brief. Or less waffly than usual. A bit like those early 2000's GBG's with the 'Inn Brief' section. What did it mean? Were these pubs less good than the main entries? To this day, nobody knows.
|Northants Inn Brief 2003, as obscure as it gets|
Wheatsheaf, Writtle (1792 / 3221) is up first. Lovely village, huge duckpond, still I couldn't see a Pochard. Staff were very friendly, one barmaid was having her first day and being well looked after. The other indoor customer was a very lugubrious bloke, the effervescent bubbles in his lager sparking in the sun didn't match his mood. I got dragged into a conversation about Blue the Dog, and who the bitch likes best. Classic Gray & Sons regular GBG entry on a slope, maybe.
Original Plough, Chelmsford (1793 / 3222) by contrast, was dreadful! Sticky, chavvy, my Tribute wasn't bad but tasted like half a jar of sugar had been plopped in. Everyone was drunk and badly behaved. The ladies behind me nearly had a fight with another group they'd encountered in the loo. I was going to say "calm down dears, it is only a commercial" but would've got stilettoed in the eye. Weird entry considering Chelmsford's relatively strong suit of GBG pubs.
Fast forward a week, and Daddy BRAPA returned for the first time since 4th November, in the town his Mum lived. I only had one conversation about BRAPA with Grandma Betty before she died in 2014, but I could tell she was a fan of the concept, recommending me all the pubs of East Yorkshire villages like Lund, Walkington and South Dalton.
I love Brid. I won't have a bad word said against it. I'm allowed to say it is a bit shit, cos it is, but I'd defend it if anyone else said same. It was stacked out, excuse the pun, as I broke into the back entrance of first pub before he'd had chance to properly open.
And on that note, I'm off for my actual Friday 25th June tea. See you later this evening for part 2, where we'll take another trip to Essex, with Simon Dewhurst and Daddy Dewhurst.