Whose round was it?
It will be seventy-six days since the pubs shut their doors when they reopen on July 4.
So why is that important? Well because that was how long it took Wuhan to come out of lockdown.
And it will be the same number of days between the UK lockdown and us emerging blinking into the sunset.
And, of course, July 4 was the day your Nostradamus of a travel blogger predicted it would take for us to get back to some kind of normal.
So in celebration of that here are five English and Welsh pubs I know and will toast…
While I’m waiting for the Scottish pubs to reopen.
Ye Olde boozer
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham: The oldest pub in England, dating back to 1189.
Carved into Castle Rock, upon which Nottingham Castle is built, it’s sad that pilgrims would stop here on the way to Jerusalem.
Nooks and crannies and history and if you want to make like your a local they call it ‘the Trip’. See https://www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk.
The Dundas Arms, Kintbury, Berkshire: Sitting proudly in Chez Murty I commissioned this painting from a photograph of The Scary One’s local.
The grumpy owner, David, was of Scottish origin and cartoons hung up behind the bar of him and his Dad.
The counter had polished copper coins embossed into it, while at the bar were an eclectic bunch.
Including the 6 O’Clock Club, off the train, Terry, the spoons player, Chris the estate agent and horse tipster and me and Miss F. Visit https://www.dundasarms.co.uk and https://www.visitsoutheastengland.com/places-to-visit/berkshire.
No show without Punch
The Punch and Judy, Covent Garden, London: Covent Garden is a mix of trader, buskers, kerching shops, office workers and tourists.
And the Punch and Judy spans generations for me.
From us travellers taking a pit stop and drinking on its balcony to a return visit to take in Beautiful: The Carole King Story with The Scary One.
Great memories… and more to make https://www.visitlondon.com, https://www.coventgarden.london/pubs/punch-judy and https://www.google.ie/amp/s/jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2020/03/29/carole-king-youre-beautiful-londonwestend-musical/amp/.
The apple of Liverpool’s eye
Flanagan’s Apple, Liverpool: Now you’re not wanting fancy-dan wine bars… this is Liverpool after all.
And being an Irish pub I had to seek it out the first time I visited Liverpool for a job interview.
And on many occasions after in the year we spent in Liverpool and brought a Son and Heir and Liverpool’s greatest fan into the world.
Grapes of froth
The Grapes, Sheffield: And another Son and Heir related hostelry.
And where his favourite band The Arctic Monkeys played their first gig in their home city.
And which we had to seek out on a return trip where we namedropped to try to get a free drink… the father-in-law, of course, who hails from Steel City.
MEET YOU IN AN ENGLISH BAR