Tuesday, January 10, 2012
#109. Vesper Gate, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds
Part of the Sizzling Pubs chain, the parking lot of the Vesper Gate backs onto one of my ancestral homes, making this the historical local!
Vesper Lodge (above) was the home of my great-grandfather, Capt. Charles Phipps John ("Jack") Ovans, O.B.E. (1874-1952), and his wife Cicely Catherine Wilson (1877-1943). I wonder if they ever had a tipple at the Vesper Gate? Jack was apparently a bit of a religious man, so quite possibly no. If not, his descendents are certainly making up for his sins against barley.
Speaking of which, I had one of my favourite beers, a Yorkshire Terrier from York Brewery. It's like Yorkshire Pudding in a glass. When in Rome...