Off the Wall

Another treasured medieval survivor is the gorgeously imposing but at the same time surprisingly intimate Chester Cathedral, Norman in origin but the present building dating from the 13thCentury. It has a magnificent interior, gloriously massive stained-glass windows with three modern windows replacing WW2 damage, celebrating the 900thanniversary of the cathedral’s origins.

Just off the wall is a favourite pub of ours, The Albion, which is in essence a time capsule from 1914, the ‘Great War’. It really is like stepping back in time with just the ticking of an old clock on the wall, the deathly hush of the separated bars with worn patterned carpets and WW1 memorabilia and war-mongering posters covering every inch of the place, calling to you to arms. The Albion is well known in these parts for its ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ chalk blackboard on the street outside, where it declares that the pub is ‘family hostile’ and doesn’t serve meals with chips, has no gaming machines and outlaws pub crawls and hen parties – my kinda place!

Sadly, it’s lights out for The Albion, with the owner retiring in June and putting the lease up for grabs, with his prized memorabilia going to auction to fund his remaining years.

The best thing about the pub has always been the food and we had a fantastic sandwich there for lunch on Saturday without realising this sad news – delicious corned beef with homemade bread and piccalilli.

The Albion will be missed.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s