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Lockdown doodles!
« on: February 03, 2021, 09:24:51 pm »
Anyone else missing a Butcombe and a ham pasta  :beer2:

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2021, 09:26:35 pm »
Nah, Potholer!
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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2021, 09:44:30 pm »
Mine's a Butcombe and a cheese and onion roll.  :beer2:

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2021, 10:11:25 pm »
I've never seen the Hunters looking so civilised...

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2021, 12:07:54 pm »
Its spookily akin to a Simpsons scene

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2021, 05:25:30 pm »
Taking it oop Norf, what I wouldn't give for a pint of over priced OP after jostling with the back slapping three Peakers in here.
 

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2021, 01:13:28 pm »
beer or cider with cheesy chips :)

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2021, 01:39:59 pm »
No chips in the Hunters!

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2021, 02:19:11 pm »
No chips in the Hunters!

guess not but they do good beer.

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2021, 02:33:25 pm »


I prefer Rogers sense of humour, especially if a stranger walks in.
The beer's not bad

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2021, 09:09:13 am »
Fine drawing of the Hunters.  Of the real thing I've found the Queen Vic a far better pub in every way.  Have you a drawing of that  :)

Others might want to remind me of the appeal of the Hunters  ;)

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2021, 11:03:02 am »
The food is a lot better in the Hunters especially for the price of it. It’s also a much shorter walk from the caving hut.

The Queen Vic could be anywhere, any pub, but there is no other place quite like the hunters.

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2021, 12:35:04 pm »
The hunters would be any pub anywhere if it wasn't for Roger

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2021, 07:34:26 pm »
The Queen Vic could be anywhere, any pub, but there is no other place quite like the hunters.

Couldn't agree more.

The Queen Vic is a good pub, but that's it really. There is so much more than 'good pub' about The Hunters. There's a reason it's known as the centre of the universe; a good portion of the soul of Mendip caving resides there.

I expect that there are a good many people longing to get back into The Hunters, as much as they are longing to get back underground, possibly more...

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2021, 09:49:06 am »
I always used to regard the Hunters and Queen Vic in a similar way to the Padarn Lake and the Vaynol Arms. If you were an insider (or, in the case of the Padarn, a groupie), you went to the Padarn and pretended to enjoy it. If you wanted a more civilised experience (especially on a fine evening) the Vaynol was much better.

That's a very historical assessment (I haven't been to any of them for over thirty years) and is probably a little harsh about Mendip.

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2021, 02:15:49 pm »
The best of them all was the New Inn which was directly facing onto Priddy Green!  It was run by one very elderly lady who sat in a sort of wooden cubby-hole which was straight ahead as you went through the door.  The usual cavers bar was to the right as you went in and when you wanted beer you tapped on her little window and she drew it from the racked up barrels and served it from a jug into your pot.  The back of the settle kept the draughts out and we used to dry our wet socks or gloves on the open door of the range.  They'd sawn the top twiddly bits off the grandfather clock so it could stand upright agaist the wall (the ceiling was too low otherwise) and there was a large framed picture of Queen Victoria next to it - was it commerorating the Jubilee?  The old lady definitely didn't do "food", though I think you could get a bag of crisps.

Then someone bought it after the old lady died and "improved" it so we stopped going.

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2021, 03:21:30 pm »
Emily Speed - the New Inn is for sale again & there's a picture of her on:
https://m.facebook.com/theoldnewinnonpriddygreen/

Funnily enough the Hunters scores higher than the Queen Vic on TripAdvisor (although one reviewer definitely wasn't in the right pub!)

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2021, 04:25:48 pm »
The best of them all was the New Inn which was directly facing onto Priddy Green!  It was run by one very elderly lady who sat in a sort of wooden cubby-hole which was straight ahead as you went through the door.  The usual cavers bar was to the right as you went in and when you wanted beer you tapped on her little window and she drew it from the racked up barrels and served it from a jug into your pot.  The back of the settle kept the draughts out and we used to dry our wet socks or gloves on the open door of the range.  They'd sawn the top twiddly bits off the grandfather clock so it could stand upright agaist the wall (the ceiling was too low otherwise) and there was a large framed picture of Queen Victoria next to it - was it commerorating the Jubilee?  The old lady definitely didn't do "food", though I think you could get a bag of crisps.

Then someone bought it after the old lady died and "improved" it so we stopped going.
Ahh! Happy evenings in The New Inn huddled round the big blazing fire in those old benches. Emily Speed was the ancient landlady, and if you asked her she would shuffle off & make you a cheese sandwich, but then she'd be unavailable to pour you a drink from her "Bar" for a couple of hours or so.

Here's a photo I took of the original pub in the mid-1960s  (got some more of the inside somewhere...) - 
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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2021, 06:16:46 pm »
Emily Speed - the New Inn is for sale again & there's a picture of her on:
https://m.facebook.com/theoldnewinnonpriddygreen/

Funnily enough the Hunters scores higher than the Queen Vic on TripAdvisor (although one reviewer definitely wasn't in the right pub!)

Ah, I never knew her name was Emily Speed.  A misnomer if ever there was!

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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2021, 07:00:57 pm »
Emily was a curmudgeonly old soul, but then she was very old to be running that pub on her own.
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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2021, 07:19:41 pm »
I would like to post a picture of The Crown in Hutton Le Hole drawn (like most North York Moors Caving Club surveys) on the back of a beer mat. But due to current circumstances we are a bit short of beer mats.
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Re: Lockdown doodles!
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2021, 09:01:29 pm »
The best of them all was the New Inn which was directly facing onto Priddy Green!  It was run by one very elderly lady who sat in a sort of wooden cubby-hole which was straight ahead as you went through the door.  The usual cavers bar was to the right as you went in and when you wanted beer you tapped on her little window and she drew it from the racked up barrels and served it from a jug into your pot.  The back of the settle kept the draughts out and we used to dry our wet socks or gloves on the open door of the range.  They'd sawn the top twiddly bits off the grandfather clock so it could stand upright agaist the wall (the ceiling was too low otherwise) and there was a large framed picture of Queen Victoria next to it - was it commerorating the Jubilee?  The old lady definitely didn't do "food", though I think you could get a bag of crisps.

Then someone bought it after the old lady died and "improved" it so we stopped going.

That reminds me of the Moorcock at Langdale End in the depths of the North York Moors when I first knew it in the late 1980s, old Maud who had it didn't have a bar, she just sat by the door from the public area to the back kitchen and hobbled off to open some bottles when you wanted more beer. The gents was a corrugated iron shed out the back, with a corrugated iron sheet propped in a bit of guttering doing service as urinal...
However, after Maud eventually retired, the people who took over did try and keep some of the character - they put a folding flap over the back doorway and put pumps around the corner, so you still got served at the doorway. The other facilities were improved though...
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