Wednesday, 28 January 2009

The Pope's Chair


The most comfortable chair at our Sunday table at my local is nicknamed the Pope's Chair. It is a venerable and ample beast, round, with arms. It is sought after and fought over keenly by members of our group, as it is not only comfy, but it commands an excellent view of proceedings for the avid pub watcher. For some time though it has been in a state of serious decay. The stretchers have popped, been re-glued by me and others and popped again. It was becoming so dangerous that its attraction waned. No-one wanted to be in it when its inevitable collapse came and for safety reasons it was recently withdrawn from use. It'll probably end up on the fire.

The Landlady bless her, has been scouting around for a replacement and to our astonishment, a more or less identical chair was located in a second hand shop, re-covered and placed in the pub in its normal place on Saturday. There was a cutting the ribbon ceremony performed by my mate John, who is one of the keen contesters of the seat.

Our pub is special in a lot of ways, but that was a particularly nice touch.

7 comments:

Paul Brookfield said...

Sounds like a cracking pub. Might have to have a drive out there one day...

Rednev said...

There's a similarly splendid chair in the corner of the Baron's Bar in Southport with a good view of proceedings. I can remember first bagging it for the evening around 30 years ago.

Woolpack Dave said...

We nearly bought a chair just like that yesterday, brand new and made of oak. It was £39.95. Do you think we missed a bargan?

Tandleman said...

I don't think you were being robbed. I think our landlady paid around £23 second hand plus £7 to have it recovered.

camragirl said...

Surely it's time that this was given the official title of "Tandleman's Throne."

Tyson said...

Tandleman's Throne? I think that's on the door of the smallest room in Tandleman Towers.

Tandleman said...

camragirl. If only. I lose the battle for that chair more than I win.