Steve Coogan jokingly refers to these shows as a ‘’90’s revival tour’. But this 2009 trip to Australia is a little more than that. Weirdly, Coogan has never played in Oz before so the trip is something of a punt, taking in reasonably small venues and offering a surprising sense of lo-fi make do and mend.
Have catchphrase, will travel, though. It’s not long before autograph hunters are exhorting him to ‘enjoy Linton travel tavern’ and asking for ‘Cock Piss Partridge’ to be written on their programmes. It’s an intimate portrait, but Coogan still seems somewhat unknowable: simultaneously needy and oddly distant. The film concludes tomorrow night with hecklers and a spot of disillusion. Not essential but, with ‘Alpha Papa’ fever rampant, perfectly timed.
The Turk's Head
As far as locations go, The Turk's Head has got it pretty good. Not only are they a five-minute walk to Wapping station, they're even closer to Waterside Gardens, which overlooks the Thames, and they're situated on the edge of Wapping Gardens. On warm day you can enjoy views of the tree-lined green space with a bev in hand from the cafe's modest yard. On tap they have the likes of Heineken and Carlsberg, alongside Wapping Hockey Club's very own craft beer – 'Wapping Hoppy'. Alternative drinks (hot and cold) are also on offer, along with a British-meets-European food menu. Diners can choose from classics such as burgers or fish and chips, as well as a range of tapas and charcuterie. Brunch options are ample, too – with pancakes, eggs Benedict and like – as well as cakes and pastries.