Social Event - Christmas Lunch at Veronica's Larder - Sunday 22nd December
Barry Jordan our Event Organiser along with Ride Leader Tim Newbery were very much looking forward to Christmas Lunch for both members and partners. The venue would be Veronica's Larder, Barnolby le Beck.
A mild start to the day but a little rain had been promised in the morning with the hope of a fine afternoon to follow. Meeting up at the Leisure Centre in Louth were Tim Newbery, Chris Owen, John Rickett, John Ambler, Rob Whitworth and Alan Hockham. We were hoping to meet up with Barry Jordan, Jim Brennan and Celia Ambler at the restaurant.
Heading north out of Louth the route would take us through the Covenhams, Fulstow and Tetney. Skies were darkening and patchy rain became more persistent so a stop at Norburn's Coffee Shop was welcomed. We almost had the cafe to ourselves and splendid service from the ladies who provided steaming hot drinks.
We would say goodbye to Chris at this point and also to John Rickett a little after, as he would make his way up and over the scenic Lincolnshire Wolds. The remainder continued along Cheapside to Waltham, the rain now having stopped and with increasing amounts of blue sky. Arriving a little ahead of schedule at Veronica's Larder we entered the festive settings and assembled at the table arranged and booked by Barry. Celia arrived moments later and our esteemed Event Organiser and Chief Photographer Barry along with Jim a few minutes later. Nice Christmas jumpers guys! We were to learn that Barry had inadvertently left his camera behind so he would have to make do with Tim's iPhone.
A splendid meal was enjoyed by all and served impeccably by the restaurant team of Martha, Donna, Suzette and Sam. Thanks to all for being so pleasant ... and patient.
And not a mince pie in sight!
A photocall followed our festive offerings with Barry organising those with club colours, with one displaying the Yorkshire Rose proudly worn by Rob.
Our return back to Louth would take us through Grainsby Holme and once more through Fulstow and the Covenhams. By now clear blue skies and dazzling sunshine (literally) and a swift journey to the Leisure Centre. Arriving home just as the sun was beginning to kiss the horizon, we enjoyed a very fine sunset which Lincolnshire is famous for. 35 miles (56 km) covered.
Many thanks to all for the company and banter. Great too to have the pleasure of Celia and of course thanks to Barry for organising the event.