Searching for proof that you can find decent beer in that London if you really look for it, I visited two new Guide stragglers near Regent’s Park.
“A must-visit location for anyone interested in the history of brewing, especially Bass” says WhatPub, but only after I got home, so all I have is memories of what might have been. Not sure it was worth suffering a warm pint of Doom Bar to see this apparent shrine though.
Two minutes on, and the Stag’s Head looked distinctly unimpressive, reminding me of those bars built into tourist hotels in St Pancras. Nothing inside to fill you with joy either. Posing tables, promotional tat, Tring Side Pocket (again) and Pride.
But what Pride it was, enjoyed in as basic an environment as I’ve enjoyed in the City. A mix of professional drinkers, students and oddballs, served by a charming barman. The atmosphere could (almost) have been from The Pride of Spitalfields.
I doubt any tourists ending up here would think this was a great English pub, but at least they’d leave knowing that the English (and Fullers particularly) make decent beer.
The Guide has a habit of changing it’s geographical labelling for London pubs, which this year is in Fitzrovia, whatever that is. The last GBG newbie is very definitely Marylebone, and looks it.
As Mark Kermode would say, the Thornbury Castle has its flaws. Thai food I can cope with, but Rugby Union, £4.20 a pint and one other issue you might deduce from the photo below mark it down.
That said, it was very friendly, and the Session IPA from Three Sods was near outstanding, when I really didn’t expect much. I’d go back for that, and a Pad Thai.
Two very worthy new entries to the Beer Guide, in sharp contrast with the City’s efforts.