I’ve been in Fratton for the annual big Pompey GBG tick-off, and took the rattling train to Chichester to say hello to one of our correspondents. John has interesting tales to tell, having been a founder member of Depeche Mode in their formative pub-rock days in Basildon in the late ’70s*. His knowledge of Newark and Retford boozers and B&Bs is even more impressive.
No new pubs in Chichester, but a chance to re-evaluate the art scene and contribute my usual level of shopping spend to a local economy (zero).
There’s a feline theme to the city, extending to the entrance of the Pallant House Gallery, finally open on a day I’m there.
The highlight was the collection of promotional prints for the 1956 Guinness book of records, many of them set in or around pubs.
QUIZ TIME – GUESS THE PUB
Spoons has it’s own singular artistry of course,this juxtaposition of mango chutney and The Exodus From Bognor being particularly affecting.
John and I used our Spoons vouchers on a range of strong local beers, which I findan unfortunate feature of the season. Better than tap takeovers, mind. They were good enough I suppose (NBSS 3). The Spoons was busier with the Sunday Brunch crowd, but we were propping up the ale sales single-handed.
Whereas I always ask for a pint glass, even when drinking thirds, John preferred to decant pints into halves. Along with beer mat provision, this is surely the issue of the day.