The Yorkshire Stingo

There’s this public house in London. England’s National Archive says of it:

“In the 1780s, Asian seamen (Lascars), who had been employed by the East India Company to serve on ships bringing goods from India, were often left stranded in London and other ports without any means of support. By 1785, there were so many left destitute, begging and dying on the streets of London, that some philanthropists organised ‘Subscribers for the relief of the distressed Blacks’ to help them. The scope of the subscription was widened to include Black people from Africa and the Caribbean and became known as the ‘Committee for the Relief of the Black poor’. It was this body that launched a scheme to relocate as many of the capital’s Black and Asian poor to a settlement in Sierra Leone.

Whilst awaiting resettlement, Black and Asian people assembled every Saturday at two locations to receive their six pennies a day subscription. One place was the White Raven public house in Mile End, the other being the Yorkshire Stingo public house in Lisson Green, Paddington. It is possible that hundreds of the Black poor visited these premises every Saturday.”

Then there’s the grand 1860’s edifice on the corner of Hoddle and Langridge Streets in Abbotsford:

It has dormitory accommodation with a free evening meal thrown in, and a “host” who is a pilot and seems willing to take punters on joyrides for little profit.

The cool owners of the terminus

Here’s an article about actors Fred Whitlock and Alison Whyte who bought the Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford 10 years ago when it was selling a keg of beer a week, and have kept it going strong ever since. Now, it’s one of Melbourne’s best pubs, with drag bingo and “pub aid” which is doing good things for Cambodians.  Umm, sorry to The Age for stealing their photo…

All the Pubs and Bars and some of the beers of Abbotsford

Here’s a useful starting point for an exploration of Abbotsford’s pubs and bars.

Unless my Google search skills aren’t up to it, though, Abbotsford doesn’t have any happy hours featured at The Happiest which an acquaintance of mine claims to run, or to have invented, or something.

When in Abbotsford, do as the Abbotsrigines do and drink Abbotsford Invalid Stout, or Abbots Lager, or Abbotsford Sparkling (or any other CUB product of course), or a Mountain Goat beer, though that’s pretty weird, and actually from next-door Richmond.  Beer critic Willie Simpson says of the Sparkling:

“Abbotsford Sparkling Ale is another heavyweight contender (8.5 per cent A/V), which CUB created to celebrate a century of brewing at Abbotsford. Unfortunately, this rich, malty ‘barley wine’ won’t be released commercially, but it does prove the big boys can make serious specialty beers.”

The photo, by a Norwegian living in Malaysia who was in the Galapagos Islands at the time is from Aliasgrace’s wonderful collection of images at Flickr.