I've been in four pubs since they opened. I drink pop now and not beer so it's never going to be the same for me as it used to be...but...What's the current pub experience like T? I have some friends who are seasoned pissheads but who say they just don't bother anymore.
Here's a real old American classic I just necked for our fine friends across the pond. A 100% peanuts peanut butter and jelly (note I use the US term and not the English 'jam') sammidge. Made with strawberry flavour (or should that be flavor ), though I believe the traditional version is grape.
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....The first place was a trendyish bar in Sheffield. I went in with four people from work. Four lads. Because we were all from separate households they wouldn't let us sit together inside. We had to sit outside (all at the same table, strangely enough) and they brought our beers to us. We had to order and pay using our phones. £3 for a diddy bottle of Coke.
The second place was a shit place close by my home. There was a sign in book which I didn't sign. There were six people and a copy of Boxing News inside the boozer, that is all.
The third place again in Sheffield is a proper old style boozer - we had to reserve a table, order from the table, go in one door and out the other. Queue outside the toilets as they only allowed one at a time in.
The fourth place was a proper old time boozer again. We had to sign in but could order at the bar. If I get tagged for T&T I'm not admitting I was there. The number given was my friend's.
All four were fucking shit. I think in two or three years time the pub population (buildings open) will have halved. The only places open will sell food and be part of a chain. This won't affect me at all because I'm working this current job for one year (until Sept 2021) and then leaving England once and for all. If I have to do it illegally and get work abroad by dodgy means then so be it. I would hope my profession as a primary school teacher will open me some doors.
In my life I have never known this country be in such a bad state. I was too young for Thatcher so I can't compare...but as it stands now I have no quality of life here whatsoever. I go to work for one thing, that's money to leave here. I need to save £5k and then I can go. I don't want any sympathy because that's not what I'm about, but I rent a one bedroom flat, have two parents retired and a sister who doesn't talk to me and hasn't for ten years. I have two friends who are married with children and live miles away. I don't have a current girlfriend and I'm not banging anyone at the moment.
I start at a new boxing gym tomorrow at 6pm, that's all that's keeping me here, that and the £4000 I still have to find before I leave these shores. England is a complete joke, and I never thought I'd ever hear myself say that. That wasn't meant to sound depressing, it just is. ETA in another country is September/October next year. 11 months to pay my way here and save another £4k. I'll do it.