As I commented on Facebook Frank’s Roof is a summer venue; and as yesterday was nothing like summer it really didn’t seem like a good day to view this amazing South London hotspot. At its best Frank’s rivals any of Central London’s roof garden attractions. Last night it would have struggled to compare with a rained off bowls match at your local park in February.
So as ride leader I made an executive decision to scrap Frank’s for another day and head to the Railway at Bromley North. There were five riders at Bromley South: ALL MEN. We waited in cool dank evening air in the gathering gloom and eventually decided that no-one else would be coming to represent the women so we set off. We did a sort of fourteen miles circuit: Orpington, Footscray, Sidcup, Chislehurst, Bickley and back to Bromley North where found the Railway packed with customers enjoying a very loud quiz night.
Clearly unsuited to a quiet conversation about matters cycling we moved down to The Partridge which was packed. As we secured our bicycles the deafening clamour of a band striking up rent the air and a further rethink resulted in a another transfer, this time to the Star and Garter. Here the barmaid was ever so helpful and let us lock our bikes in the pub yard. At the bar we were stunned to see a vast array of real ales all on offer. If there was one there must have been fifteen.
We took our seats at a huge heavy table which appeared to have been made from cleaned and varnished railway sleepers. As they did not serve food Tim was permitted to purchase a take away from a local outlet and bring it back for consumption in the pub.
And here we spent a very pleasant evening talking about cycling occasionally and the missing women mostly.