2015/16 season was the first for a while I failed to get a ticket for Swansea v City,which has always a good chance to get soaked in May and make a few more inroads into Glamorgan’s huge slice of the Beer Guide (93 entries !).
While Matt competed at the scary looking skate park, the rest of us attempted to get to grips with the Gower got no further than Bracelet Bay and the Mumbles, but that was OK.
The Mumbles have all you need, particularly if you need food, beer and seaside. It’s not quite as smart as the Rough Guide would have you believe yet, as a trip to the Pier will confirm. Wednesday afternoon and it was packed.
We started with the best ice cream outside Naples in Joe’s, followed by fish and chips from Yallops that was just as good, all washed down with Bass in the Pilot.
The Pilot is a Top 100 pub if ever I saw one, but of course I’ll need a second visit to confirm.
Bass is a survivor in Wales, particularly in some of the smarter pubs near the coast, and was certainly being sold in good volumes alongside the decent house brews (Stout NBSS 3.5). Even Mrs RM could see the appeal of my favoured beer now.
The pub had a good mix of drinking custom, perhaps reminiscent of the Wirral’s Victorian pubs with its dark wood and natural light. With some superb reading material (aka Modern Toss), this was lost afternoon territory.
But we had plastic dragons to find and minor outcrops of rock to conquer.
Proper seaside fun. And the time flew until my other Beer Guide tick opened at 4.
Mumbles Ale House is the classic modern micro, fully compliant with the Herne Rulings. The staff were chatty and lovely, if scarily enthusiastic about the beer (Bristol Beer Factory NBSS 3.5). Those smart looking gents were equally good company, though it looked like becoming a bit too cosy for claustrophobic me by 4.15.
To be honest, if I had to choose between the Bass and Joe’s peanut butter ice cream I would struggle. Mumbles truly is a gourmand’s paradise.