I’m not saying Warwickshire is dull, but there were only two new entries (out of 48) in the Beer Guide this year. One of those was the inevitable, and rather wonderful micro in Nuneaton, one of the pubs of the year.
My last tick wasn’t a micro. The Tilted Wig has been in Warwick’s market place for years without troubling the Guide, so it must be quality that gets it in this year. Warwick itself is on a roll at the moment, with six GBG entries the most I’ve ever seen.
The town looked pretty gorgeous yesterday too, as Mrs RM and I spent a night in the Caravan Club site on the Racecourse. I’ve still never seen horse racing, but then I’ve never drunk Prosecco either; you don’t have to do everything before you die.
What struck us was how small Warwick is; it almost feels like a suburb of Leamington Spa in terms of facilities. No mini-supermarkets and very few takeaways, though more Indian restaurants than in the whole of Norfolk.
You even have to change at Leamington if you want to go anywhere useful (i.e. Coventry with it’s unticked pub). Nothing to match the Leycester Hospital though.
Mrs RM was distinctly bored as I dragged her round old Warwick, only showing any interest as we passed the shop below.
Anyone know what this is and how long it will cost Mrs RM to save up for it if she saves £10 a week ?
And she was impressed by the beer quality and service in the Tilted Wig as well, even if the pub was one of those slightly upmarket open-plan eateries that dominate the wasteland between Northampton and Brum. You can tell them a mile off from the Purity Ubu pump, but crying children and lack of bench seating seal the deal. Pleasant enough for me.
Exeter Fall’s Over and my excellent Saddleback both NBSS 3.5 from me, Mrs RM typically more generous with the Exeter, so a good pick by Heart of Warwicks CAMRA anyway. Lovely head on the beer too.
The only other highlight to bring you is the inevitable pink 2CV. My first job was as an accountant at a Citroen dealership. Never ever sold a pink one.