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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
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Saturday, 12 October 2013

A TALE OF TWO PUBS. (12/10/13)

Todays the day for steaming. I’ve checked all the cameras, I have extra batteries and softboxes for the strobes. Memory cards, tripod and a clean hankie.

I arrived at Croft just outside Darlington yesterday lunch time. I got the van parked up and the dogs and I caught the bus into town. It was then a matter of wandering the few hundred yards to Twenty2 for a pint or three and a chat. It is a grand pub with thirteen draft beers and is dog friendly._V0G7741

_V0G7743   It was quiet when we arrived but by five o’clock there was barely standing room. It was time to head home but on the way I got distracted and called at the Comet for another pint and something to eat.

_V0G7738   It was a grand afternoon and evening but my head isn’t as clear as it could be this morning. I think the bag of Pork Scratchings may have been off.

Have a great weekend.

18 comments:

  1. Looks as though you chanced on a couple of perfect places to while away a Friday afternoon there Adrian?
    Terrible things are those pork scratchings, they can really mess with you head sometimes, especially if ingested with copious amounts of that brown water stuff!

    Here's hoping that you have a 'steaming' good weekend...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, chance didn't play much part.....I have an extensive list of watering holes.
      It's years since I've had pork Scratchings. I'll leave them alone in future.
      It should be a good do.

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  2. Great to see an old establishment nicely decorated without being tarted up.

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    1. John, it is a grand pub and bang in the middle of town.

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  3. You've really got to be careful with these pork scratchings Adrian. One of the (very few) things I miss about England is the pub. There are a few in Scotland but they are not the same. Mind you the pubs I used to frequent in England have so changed that one can hardly call them pubs now anyway.

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    1. I missed pubs this summer. Hotel bars are not the same.
      The breathalyzer, smoking ban and extended opening hours have all led to the demise of proper pubs and the worst of all is allowing children in. There are still some good ones around but they get fewer as the years go by..

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  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful day... enjoy the rest of your "steaming" weekend and I am looking forward to seeing and maybe hearing all about it.

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    1. Andrew, it was a good day but I was a little slow starting this morning.

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  5. Slurp slurp, mouthwatering place to drown yourself.

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  6. Like the inside of the first pub, especially what looks like half a beer barrel stuck in the wall in the first image, looks like it has true character unlike some of the "themed" pubs that litter many a High Street. Pork Scratchings...yuk!

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    1. Douglas if the themed pubs were all that was left I'd stop going. Pork Scratchings....I suspect it will be a while before I eat them again.

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  7. Always good to find a proper pub; or two.
    Cheers.

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    1. Keith, I would have been better stopping with the one pub.

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  8. First, the pictures...loved 'em!

    The pubs, great! We have nothing like that around here. It is probably a good thing because I would spend way too much time there. And they let you carry a dog inside...wow! Do they let you smoke inside as well? If I had half the energy and ambition I had when I was young I would be outside building one right now.

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    1. Thanks David, the dogs walk in. No smoking was banned ages ago. They do let children in though which ought to be stopped.

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  9. Okay, steaming is not a term used here. So what the hell is steaming? Anyway nice pubs. Cracklings? I had to ask my wife!

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    1. Red, it's watching steam engines. better than the television it is. Scratchings are burnt bits of pig skin.

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