So it’s time to redress the balance a bit and be Mr Grumpy. The Horse & Groom in Clapham (not that one) is really not to my taste. Not at all.
To be honest it’s difficult to get excited about a horribly modernised dinery (?) in a dull village on the outskirts of Bedford. It’s a welcoming place.
I spent an hour walking the bounds, and this is as good as it gets;
Yes, retire here and you can sit on a wonky bench with your mates facing a hedge.
Or you can while away the hours counting the horrors of the Horse & Groom.
At 12.15 I was the only customer in an expensively refurbished pub which hadn’t been able to clear the detritus from the outside tables before opening. I thought about lingering over a poor half of IPA (NBSS 2),but then they started playing Paolo Nutini’s “Candy”.
Over the road, the Star looked much more inviting, and sold logs. The Good Beer Guide can be cruel sometimes.
Tomorrow everything will be wonderful again. Probably.