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Bull Hotel, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire

 

Picture source: David Gray


The Bull Hotel was situated on the Market Place and is the right hand building in the above photo. The publican in 1919 was Clara Cox.
I was on a cycle tour, I believe in the late 1980’s, and using the CAMRA beer guide as a map when I chanced on the Bull Hotel to see if I could find a room for the night. I recall there was a bar with separate drinking rooms, the barmaid went to fetch the elderly landlady who when seeing a cyclist starting to relate stories of the pub and cycling. She told me that the pub was on the 24 hour cycle route and that as a child before the war she used to stay up and supporters would provide the cyclists with jam sandwiches and cake and themselves drink into the night. She put my bike into a vintage fully equipped gas powered kitchen that looked like it dated from the 1920’s and before I retired asked if I would like a proper cyclist’s breakfast in the morning. I went into the a large dining room on the first floor, fully laid out but I was the only guest. After some time a dumb waiter showed signs of life and about five minutes later mine host arrived and placed a large dining plate with fried potatoes, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, toast and bread and a spare large plate with a centre piece pile of fried potato surrounded by additional sausages and bacon. In her honour, and as she expected, I ate the lot, thanked her (and she thanked me) and then then cycled out of town. Once out of Long Sutton and got off my bike and laid in a field for an hour before I was able to resume my ride. A really memorable occasion, pub and person.
Keith Frost (November 2018)

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