Greater Manchester, Newcastle and Cambridge seem to have the best quality beer, looking at my scoring over the years. Peterborough has rarely let me down either.
The city has had half a dozen reliable Beer Guide pubs of some character for a decade or more now, all scoring highly for quality and pubbiness (even the Spoons). Not much new in the centre for some time though, which is why our trip to the ‘Boro was overdue.
Not a lot of change in town full-stop, but the magnificent cathedral is looking in fine shape, unencumbered by scaffolding as is the norm elsewhere.
The city promotes it’s retail “offer” (ugh), but coupled with the attractive Nene Park Peterborough is a good day out for shopping haters too. That doesn’t include Mrs RM, who thinks Westgate one of the best places to waste money, and I agree with her.
Just outside Westgate, Oakham’s Brewery Tap is looking its age, but with survival now ensured it felt right to pay it a revisit. That may have had more to do with the Thai tapas (shredded chilli beef superb), though Mrs RM rated the Bishops Farewell as highly as my Citra (NBSS 3.5). Certainly as good as you’d hope for in the Tap.
It’s a jolly place too, with lots of gleaming metal tubs, high ceilings, hipster beards and glitter balls, which I appreciate isn’t everyone’s idea of a great pub.
That ideal might be the Wortley Almshouses, one of Sam Smith’s 1980s conversion jobs on one of the city’s other classic buildings.
It used to be a row of houses, and now it’s a row of drinking areas of differing character. Plenty of places to hide, which is always a good thing.
Without the classic shape of a Boar’s Head or White Horse, it won’t impress every Sam’s fan, but it impresses me.
Very much smart “working-man’s local” rather than ale house, and with one of the best (and coolest) OBBs of the year (NBSS 4). £1.90 too, in Cambridgeshire. Mrs RM couldn’t find the loo, but neither could I.
The Wortley Almshouses doesn’t have a glitter ball. Or Thai chips.
We walked back along Nene Way. The boating lakes are impressive, but the street art needs some work.