Posted on Sunday 28 October 2012 by Scott Fletcher
The icy gusts of Saturday gave way to cycle-friendly weather for the first ride day after the time change, with moments of sunshine and temperatures up to 8C. Twelve riders set out along the River Medway for an anticlockwise circuit through Kent and Sussex lanes. A number of promising-looking pubs were passed near Tonbridge at unfeasibly early hours; an interesting study might be made of how rides might be led past such spots as the Hopbine at Petteridge or The Man of Kent near East Peckham at lunchtime. Slow going and a few navigational errors found us only as far as Goudhurst at midday.
Rather than push on to the intended Ticehurst, we elected to lunch where we stood, which turned out to be The Vine, a rambling inn at the village crossroads. Drawn by the chalkboard’s promise of a ‘locally made rabbit stew’ special, the ride leader enticed the group into the ultimate nightmare of the keen Sunday cyclist, A PUB THAT HAD RUN OUT OF REAL ALES. more »