This weekend just gone was a fairly chilled affair, Saturday was visiting people and some gym work in the garden. On Sunday I had a little bit of a lie in, made some tasty cheesy scrambled eggs and then took Ruby the springerdoodle out for a walk with the other half in the local countryside; and had to be held back when I saw a naughty field of wheat just begging to be ran through (a little UK politics jest there). After our countryside ramble we headed into the City of Culture 2017 – Kingston-Upon-Hull. It was a warm day so after a quick look for football boots and a trip to the Zara sale (the former was not for me), we naturally ended up in a beer garden.
Before heading to the pub we had a wander around the refurbished hip and thriving Fruit Market area and stumbled across this pretty cool wall down one of the alleyways which is by artist Richard Woods and is part of the upcoming Paper City art project that will see spaces and places in and around Fruit Market transformed by this event, where leading artists and designers have been invited to play with paper. It officially starts on the 30th June and lasts for ten days, so I will be having another exploration of the area over this period.
Dress – River Island
Jacket – eBay
Boots – New Look
Bag – Primark
From the Fruit Market we made our way over to the Old Town of Hull and into The Lion & Key which is one of the most eclectically furnished and aesthetically pleasing pubs I’ve been in. The ceiling is adorned in old beer mats and a giant wheel, the walls are covered in retro signs and the bar is stocked with an array of different gins and cask ales. I went for a lovely refreshing G&T to whet my whistle (Star of Bombay gin to be specific) which was served over ice and garnished with a slice of grapefruit and lime, boyf had a lager shandy as he was on driving duties. We headed outside into the beer garden area, which is a cosy bricked yard with garden benches and tables and the brick walls are decorated with vintage street signs and modern road signs; it’s just lovely.
My next drink was again a G&T but I went for a different flavour this time, I’m a fan of Sipsmith Gin, especially the lemon drizzle flavour, and I spotted a bottle behind the bar I hadn’t tried previously entitled ‘London Cup’, which is a punch crafted from Sipsmith’s award-winning London Dry Gin and infused with Earl Grey tea, borage, lemon verbena and a host of other botanicals. It’s less of a sharp refreshing gin and has more of a spicy ‘Pimms-esque’ taste to it. It was simply sublime to sip. This gin was served with tonic water over ice and with a fruit cocktail of garnishes. We sipped our drinks and chatted away in the gentle sunshine.
We headed off after the second drink and back into Beverley to get some fish ‘n’ chips for tea. There’s just something beautiful about this takeaway, especially when it hasn’t been consumed in a while. It’s the quintessential British takeaway and was much needed after our ramblings and beverages. I can’t think of a more chilled summer Sunday.
Until next time,