Good morning, and a merry Christmas to all of you — unless you are one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who were banging on doors in my street early yesterday morning, in which case you can get stuffed.
We decided to stay at home this year. No family, no friends; just the two of us. That may sound a little misanthropic, but it was the first time we’d ever had Christmas alone and it did us the world of good to lounge around in pyjamas all day.
Bought locally where possible; all our vegetables from Cruson (£3.20 for three days worth of vegetables; that’s value you won’t get in the supermarket), all our booze from one of the plethora of shops around the Green, all our supplemental foods from Spar. Only the duck came from elsewhere.
Christmas Eve we went out for a drink and something to eat. First to the Phoenix: we arrived at just after 7pm, and there were about eight other people there. The quiz had been abandoned due to lack of interest, again. So quiet was it that they decided to close the kitchen at about 7.15pm, so we went elsewhere.
We knew the Sun & Doves was closed, so we decided to try the Dark Horse. That was closed too, so we ended up in the Grove/BRB for a pizza. It too was very quiet; only about six people in there, until a large group arrived later.
The Grove is going to close down on January 27th for a month; they’re removing the pizza oven and going to install a kitchen upstairs to serve more standard pub food. The feel is going to be modern traditional, apparently. It’s going to be like the Clock House in Peckham, if you know that one; the landlords from there are coming to run the Grove.
Went to watch the Arsenal game in the Cadeleigh Arms yesterday; their refit is finished now, and it’s working a lot better than it was. Lots of sofas, some well-placed TVs for the sports, and the same welcoming atmosphere from the staff and regulars. You wouldn’t go there for a big night out, but it’s the perfect place for a relaxing pint or two. Some of the regulars walk (or drive) past five or six other pubs to get there.
I’ll be in there next Saturday if anyone fancies buying me a pint to celebrate the festive season.