The Vine Inn, Market Deeping - fantastic safe haven.
As the temperatures dropped after dark, it got to the point where I realised that I was running the risk of exposure on quiet lanes if anything went wrong, so I took the decision to bailout near Market Deeping. After 291 km (180 miles) it wasn't a bad ride and safer to err on the side of caution than to push on. A call to home and find refuge while I waited for collection.
Which brings me to The Vine Inn, Market Deeping. To have a smelly, tied cyclist turn up late on a Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday night and asking for refuge isn't most pubs normal clientele. But a massive thanks to The Vine Inn for the cup of tea and friendly atmosphere while I waited for rescue. It was fantastic to chat at the bar, warm up and have somewhere to feel safe while I waited. I may have been down to last few quid in my back pocket and off the beer for the night so not their best customer, but I massively appreciated the refuge!
If you ever end up in Market Deeping and want a good community pub and good local ales, please give them your trade!
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