We’re trying to build up our cycling distance, with more cycling and less beer.
And we’ve made a pretty decent step towards that goal today.
After picking up a delivery from Team Valley, we headed to Swalwell, cycling up the Derwent Walk to Rowlands Gill.
After stopping off to eat in Derwent Park, we cycled (mostly walked) up the beast that is Busty Bank. Close to death, we stopped at Burton House for a well earned
And then it was mostly downhill until we fell into the Marquis of Granby.
Where we had a couple of beers before
calling a cab cycling home.
We’re now doing some gardening.
I’m quite enjoying our drive to improve our (disgraceful) state of fitness.
Yesterday’s bike ride, while a little shorter than last week’s, was more stretching.
We cycled to the Schooner this time.
After food, we cycled across the Tyne to the Tyne Bar. Then to Arch 2 and the Cluny.
After a short bike ride into town, we stopped off for a rest at the Town Mouse.
And the Head of Steam.
And the Bridge Hotel.
There might also have been a nightcap in our local.
Today was the second day of our local’s pie festival.
The vegetarian choice is pretty good. Really good.
I quite enjoyed the two vegan pies I sampled tonight. I rate the aloo gobi highly, but the green-filled second pie was very nice too. I’m not sure what was in it, but it was tasty.
When I say green, I’m not referring to anything you can’t buy from Lidl.
I’ve found I can combine two favourite things. We’ve cycled to the Tyne Bar, then to the Ship for something to eat, then (walked) to the Cluny.
Afterwards, we cycled back along the quayside, folded-up the bikes, then caught a bus
home to the Tuns.
Wish I’d bought one of these years ago.
While I’ve not had a single cigarette today, I did visit these establishments.
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The Bumble Inn, in Peterborough, opened a couple of years ago, but it has unusual and short opening hours. As a result, it’s taken me ages to catch the place open.
It was mostly populated by middle aged, real ale types. But there was a nice feel about the place and a choice of unfined beer.
And, over a year since our last visit, we called in to the Ostrich. It was already one of the best pubs in the city, it’s now made the full switch to craft beer.
Most impressive was the guest ale board, with a Buxton tap takeover.
Almost every one’s fish free too.
I feel like a spy. Or something like that. We’re in Charters, which (as I’ve mentioned occasionally in the past) is one of my favourite bars. And probably the best in Peterborough.
This weekend, they have a beer festival, with around 20 guest beers on cask. There’s discount for CAMRA members too.
I almost paid full price until my second in command prompted me. While I don’t carry my card, the accepted its picture.
So, we’re members of the Tyneside and Northumberland branch. Which kind of makes us undercover.
We’re currently enjoying a beer in the Cluny, waiting for food. After shopping in Team Valley, the beer was hard earned.
We also called in to the vintage furniture place, under the arches, buying a lovely knackered old candlestick. That’s it above.
It’s way too long since I was last here.
The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.
Today, I had my third visit to the Mean Eyed Cat in Haymarket.
Well worth checking out.