The Thirsty Thursday bugle sounded for the first time in 2022, at 2pm sharpish outside a wet and windy Sheffield station, as I looked for the three ticks needed to fully green up South Yorkshire.
I was glad to see today's BRAPA chauffeur, Christine Taylor, negotiate her way around the strange one way system in the famous Taylor Campervan, where she scooped me up from the side of the street. Her bae, Martin, sadly could not be with us, he was on a #PubMan Piss Up in a famous pub town. York? Derby? Burton? Stockport? Chorley? Halifax? Norwich? Cambridge? Can you guess? No? It was Aldershot. Yes, Aldershot.
We had little time to joke about Aldershot being the Maidenhead of the Surrey/Hampshire border, when Christine dropped the bombshell that she needed a navigator who actually knew what they were doing. 'Oooh eck chief' I thought in my best Penfold voice, and quickly switched on Mrs Google Maps who was thankfully a lot chattier than she'd been on my recent Yorkshire Dales outing, preferring the bigger cities.
Roadworks outside the first pub didn't help, but Christine expertly span the giant vehicle around with all the aplomb of Hannibal off of the A-Team, and we parked down a side street, trying desperately not to block Mrs Miggins at No.54's driveway, easier said than done when you've got a stove and a toaster in the back of your big ass van.
The air was icy as we made our way to pub one, on the Eastern outskirts of Sheffield city. Christine avoids falling in the massive hole in the ground aimed to stop idiot pub tickers visiting, and gives you a wave ......
|Top supervision from Col|
|Colin ensures the highlighting is being executed properly|
|Long distance shot of the Caffrey's ladies|
|Last trip out before his quarterly wash|
|A pub tick you can really relish (thanks!)|
|The Stones did tempt me, I must admit|
After a bit of debate regarding whether I'm better off dropped in Barnsley or Sheffield, I decide on the latter, thank Christine for a fantastic afternoon/evening of ticking, and with 20 minutes until my train, just time to pop into Sheffield Tap for the first time in years for a swift half. Nice enough in a sticky station tap kinda way, but not the Rutland or Big Gun is it?
|How green is your South Yorkshire?|
I'll be back on Fri/Sun to tell you about a productive day of mostly micros in the Stoke area, or if you are a Twitterer, look out for me tomorrow afternoon in an unlikely GBG town/village I've never been to before.
Take care, and thanks for reading!