>Behind The Green Door

> Every town has a pub that nobody seems to visit. Nobody is ever seen entering or leaving. Nobody knows anyone who’s ever been in. The Lamb is Bideford’s example. For the twenty-odd years I’ve been visiting Devon, I’ve wanted to visit this pub. It’s in the middle of a row of Victorian terraces above the Pannier Market, an example of the fast-vanishing simple backstreet boozer. When we were down over Easter, I got my chance. On my way up Honestone Street I noticed that the faded Whitbread sign has aquired a new neighbour since I last walked past – Beck’s Vier, so at least it was still trading. Bideford’s pubs are in the main disappointing, as I have lamented here before. Maybe The Lamb was an undiscovered gem? The beery equivalent of finding a Shakespeare Folio on an Oxfam shelf stuffed with Jeffrey Archer?

Gingerly pushing open the door I was met with a tired 80s refit and keg beers – was one of them really Trophy Bitter? The locals round the bar were a friendly bunch, discussing darts and horse racing rather than the dead-eyed hermits I half expected. I glumly perched on a buffet and supped my freezing cold Becks before heading back to The Kings. Oh well. Nice window, though.

About teninchwheels

Designer, photographer and Vespa-fixated pub bore. Born in Yorkshire, living in that London these past 20 years. Get in touch at teninchwheels@gmail.com, especially if you'd like to send me some free beer.
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1 Response to >Behind The Green Door

  1. Affer says:

    >TROPHY???? OMG! Memories of Flower’s Keg come to mind…..

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