Bandits at the Anchor
The Anchor Hotel team all look like bandidos in their face masks. As a result, eye contact is essential. Imagine, loads of friendly crinkled eyes.
Why, you may ask, would we pitch up for a break in a wee hotel in a small village on the rugged Scots coast north of Montrose … as lockdown eases? Simple, we love it there.
Have a break
Not surprisingly, after a longish lockdown we wanted a wee break. As a result, thinking of a place to go, we wondered whether The Anchor survived lockdown. Survive they did. Right now they are training staff in their approach to keeping themselves and customers safe. I’d call it good-humoured cleanliness.
We know the Anchor Hotel and the Johnshaven area. Of course, we’ve stayed there a couple of times. What’s more, we stop there for lunch, now and then, on our way further north or on our way back.
Up the ramp
What’s the first thing you notice in a bar? Ask me and I’ll say brass beer taps and a cheery smile. I’m glad to report the pumps were there (and working).
Behind a mask, I believe a welcoming grin greeted me. It’s the way the covering stretches. Once inside we had to sanitise our hands and say hello to an anonymous, face-masked person. The Anchor has more hand-sanitiser for use than anywhere I’ve been so far.
It seems we were the first over-nighters on the day they reopened. That’s why I wrote this we blog. I hope many people will drop by and enjoy a chilling stay with a great wee team. After my CoVid-19 near miss, being in such a nice location raised my spirits.
Now, two days later, we’re back home after a two day stay, great food and a wonderful reacquaintance with Johnshaven and St Cyrus Beach nearby. Great place, great food, great area.
© Mac Logan
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