Hubby and I decided to pop North a little to the market town of Driffield today. This small Yorkshire town had its 15 minutes of fame courtesy of DJ Chris Evans. Having regularly derided this town as the most boring place ever he responded to listeners complaints and their challenge.
Perfect for a mooch along Middle Street, Driffield's High Street. Well not quite. It seems some shops in this town close for a half a day on a Wednesday. Still enough were open to suit us.
Middle Street runs the length of the centre of Driffield and has shops, cafes and bars, In fact a surprising number of places to eat and drink. In the end where we had lunch was selected by the need to "spend a penny". This silly phrase stems back to the days when it cost one old penny for a woman to use a public lavatory but was free for a man to do so. Well inflation has taken care of that.
Using the loo at our local train station had cost me 30p. 30 new pence that is. The equivalent of 6 shillings or 72 old pennies. It would not have been so bad but the loos were dismal and not very clean. Having not come across any public loos in Driffield a pub lunch seemed a good option. The Benjamin Fawcett, a Weatherspoons eatery on Middle Street North, was simply selected as it was close by when my need for a loo was greatest. It proved to be a good choice.
A decent sized portion of fish, chips and peas, with a hot drink was a mere £3.99 each. The food was good and the toilet facilities were excellent. Clean and ample. The through bar had a traditional feel with dark wood and a sumptuous feel to it. The poor staff were under pressure due to sickness absences. It did not however deter their friendly and willing manner. It did make the service a little slow but it was worth the wait.
The Benjamin Fawcett has a bookcase with an interesting selection of reading material and fascinating old images, such as those of RAF Driffield. The overall feeling of the place was good food, drink and surroundings but it was priced for a budget.
We shall be making a return visit on one of the market days, which are held on a Thursday and a Saturday. Closer to Christmas the town will be dressed to impress. Today was one of those unremarkable, but very pleasant afternoons. A great mid-week break.