|The 80s has landed, note tasteful Audrey-Hepburn-style Muskerbeer in the background.|
|Check my fashion-blogger stylee pose|
Edited highlights included:
- 'Prawns In Jam' ... is it a dessert? What happens when sweet n' sour loses its sourness
- Desperados. It's beer. With Tequila in it, innit;
- Is it just me or does this cocktail taste like sick? (or, why the Old Orleans chain isn't famed for their mixologists);
- The woman paid by a well-known chain of nightclubs to get people on the dancefloor gets arsy with repeated drunken men letching her: you go girl!
- Wowzers, have hemlines gone up again or are we getting old..?
- Sultry-or-serial-killer smouldering photofest. Luckily we're none of us single, they wouldn't do as pouty Facebook profiles;
- Prawn sarnies prepared 'a la Muskerbeer' and neatly wrapped. No post-club kebab for us, oh no indeedy not.
Old Leigh has a beach, but is mainly a little old fishing village. Tourism means there's plenty of tourist facilities, including souvenir shops, art galleries, a historic centre, some cute olde-worlde tea rooms and four pubs. The beach is small and sandy: at high tide, there's plenty of paddling- but at low tide miles of mudflats with stranded boats stretch out across the estuary. It's all set out along a tiny strip and gets super-crowded in Summer with families daytripping and car/bike enthusiasts (who use it as an endpoint to a drive, similar to parts of Brighton). The whole place is tiny and can be 'done' in a day, so what keeps people coming back? Fish. Yup, seafood is key in old Leigh...
There's a fish co-operative selling fish to cook at home, the colourful boards advertising the catch of the day. But most people can't wait to get home, opting for fish n' chips or seafood from Osborne Bros seafood hut, which shares a seafront terrace with The Crooked Billet pub. Which sells a lot of Guinness and white wine, natch. When visiting, it's a good idea to split labour: one Muskerbeer to the pub (elbows a must), one to the seafood shed and one to nab a table...
|Chips for £1.20... you'd not see that in London! |
Thanks to Essex Muskerbeer, for posing with the salt (note the
fab studded jacket)!
|Pub and seafood, can't beat it.|
One For All and All For One!
To sing us out this time, it's Hitcher from The Mighty Boosh, on that kind of fish, the slippery eel...