IN PRAISE OF SHINJI OKAZAKI AND THE ALE WAGON

Leicester’s Premiership is the most astonishing event in my lifetime, even surpassing Mrs RM’s two pints of Old Peculiar on twenty minutes for shock value. To win it by 10 points is beyond belief.

Lots of evidence of last night’s euphoria in the town centre today, but no giant picture of their unsung hero. Shinji Okazaki’s goal at Everton in December encapsulated their season, and for once a team’s fans deserve it.

I’m there tonight for the Emma Pollock gig, only slightly less an event than their victory parade last night. To quote Emma from her latest LP, I plead for clemency for my underestimation of the Foxes.

image
Yeah, congratulations

What better place to savour the atmosphere today than the Ale Wagon, perhaps Britain’s grumpiest pub.

This is of those places that I’ve never liked,  but have to go in on each Leicester visit. I took Mrs RM here before a John Grant gig in 2010; I would have been on safer ground taking her to Ikea and saying “Take your time dear”. Personally, I thought the toilets were fine.

 

Basic, rundown pubs are fine, but sour landlords and sour beer aren’t. The only saving grace in 2010 was a particularly strong IPA; the Wagon is the antithesis of craft.

Well again, I apologise, as the Ale Wagon was perfectly pleasant in all possible respects today, and had the feel of a Sam Smiths house in Rochdale, only not £1.90 a pint.

I wasn’t sure if the football fever was genuine, but a few conversations confirmed it is, and the locals still don’t believe it. They obviously sold a few pints yesterday, and “Dilly Ding, Dilly Dong” was the main conversational topic, along with back problems, possibly related. Eventually the hubbub subsided and half a dozen retired blokes returned to their colour supplements from the Sun.

They were selling a fair few pints of pale ale today,  including a special Champions beer that was one of the best I’ve had from Hoskins Bros (NBSS 3.5). I might even try their keg selection later.

 

Looking at Leicester CAMRA’s website suggests a bit of overdue new life in the local pub scene, though The Pub itself on New Walk looks a bit forlorn. I’m glad the Ale Wagon is still around, and I’m sure Mrs RM is too.

9 thoughts on “IN PRAISE OF SHINJI OKAZAKI AND THE ALE WAGON

  1. Excellent, love the Ale Wagon best in Leicester. Hopefully Prem league success will somehow revitalise pub scene. The Pub is overrated, Salmon rubbish, Criterion scuzzy. But there must be more hidden gems!

    Emma Pollock as in Delgados? Nearly went to see her across road from me for my letter E of my gig A-Z challenge but Manc Punk Fest came up with a rival Emma. Enjoy.

    Like

  2. My god – pub tips and now music tips. Big fan of John Grant, so I’ll have to check out Emma Pollock. How lucky to be in Leicester at this time. Must be party central. Superb achievement and gives inspiration to a long suffering (bored) Albion fan.

    Like

    1. It was quieter last night than Monday ! If WBA win the League it now won’t be the most unbelievable thing ever. Be careful what you wish for though, remember Charlton/Bolton/Newcastle .

      Like

      1. Agreed – don’t want to see them bankrupt but football needs to be entertaining. There have been times when I have fallen asleep at the Hawthorns this year – bizarrely enough, not against the big teams but the teams that are the same level as us. We played villa at home and scraped a 0-0 draw. We were lucky to get the 0.

        Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s