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‘I went to the pub on the first day of lockdown easing further and and I had the most embarrassing moment ever’ – Hayley Clarke


With the climate as it’s at the moment, the newest lockdown carry was undoubtedly nicely timed.

Torrential rain exterior means the excellent time to conceal inside a pub, and the alternative to really get a spontaneous spot when others are hibernating at residence.

I headed to our new native – a listed pub in the centre of Columbia Road, residence of the notorious Sunday flower market.

A Monday night is a really totally different scene on the road from the bustling crowds of Sunday afternoons. It turns right into a quiet spot on the border of Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

Set in the cobblestone streets of Columbia Road is the Royal Oak – well-known for being featured in each of the Kray movies, and 90s movie Goodnight Sweetheart.

Is there something extra satisfying than discovering cobbled streets in central London?

Luckily for us final night time, there was no want to e-book.

We managed to get a spot for 2 by strolling in, although just for an hour. This was most likely a great factor because it was a Monday night time, and after a month of eased restrictions the financial institution steadiness is trying somewhat regarding.

The inside of the pub was superb. I by no means would have thought I’d be so comfortable to be sat reverse a stuffed deer head.

Wooden panels, candles and socially distanced tables surrounded us, as we sipped our drinks.

My glass of pink wine could have value the equal of a good grocery store bottle, however I didn’t care.

The pub’s options date again to 1923, giving it an genuine, homely traditional pub environment.

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It’s good to be again

I don’t have anything however constructive issues to say about this pub, however there’s one factor I want to get off my chest about pubs usually.

It was £6.70 for a Beavertown beer. Now don’t get me unsuitable – I perceive pubs and brewers want to recoup the prices of the pandemic, and that is London we’re speaking about.

But are these costs right here to keep?

It actually wasn’t heaving inside, and there was lots of room for social distancing.

But it was busy sufficient for a pleasant environment, and for my favorite pastime – individuals watching.

What a pleasure to be again in public, questioning aloud whether or not individuals are on a first date, or why so many guys in East London all of a sudden have mullets.

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There’s a spread of meals on provide and an upstairs wine bar, which I look ahead to attempting subsequent time

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This huge-mouthed angle nevertheless does usually get me into hassle, and I had maybe the most embarrassing moment I’ve had shortly while inside the pub.

The joys of mixing with strangers once more.

Whilst having fun with our drinks, the man serving us talked about he was on a trial shift.

He was beautiful, and knew his stuff – the choice of beers and wines and many others. But it was quiet sufficient that he didn’t have an enormous quantity to do, and I was anxious he may not get the job as a result of of this.

So I picked the friendliest individual working there, to inform her how nice he was, to strive to assist him to get the job.

“Yeah I assume he’s beautiful too…he’s my boyfriend,” got here the reply. My cheeks burned redder than they ever have earlier than.

Thank goodness they solely had house for me to keep for an hour. Back to hibernation I go.