I was delighted to read recently that the good landlords of Melsonby and Aigburth had randomly changed their opening hours to deny fellow GBG-completists Simon and Duncan the chance to finish North Yorkshire and Merseyside recently.
They can see what a finished county looks like above; Lincolnshire looks splendid in pink.
The Hare & Hounds at Fulbeck was an attractive way to finish Lincs this lunchtime (virtually real-time blogging, folks), particularly if you haven’t seen Wherry, Landlord, 6X or Doom Bar in years.
The Doom Bar has clearly recently replaced Broadside, presumably in response to a growing suspicion that Cornwall’s finest has had a makeover.
Well I can tell you that the Doom here was as watery as normal, which given the equal low quality of the 6X suggests to me it’s all about the keeper, not the beer.
Our beers were the first pulled of the lunch session, and we didn’t see any more cask pulled while we were there. The young professional group behind us ordered two lime and sodas and an orange juice, the ladies who lunch had the Malbec by the glass.
Nothing wrong with that, of course; most folk had driven for lunch from Sleaford to escape the Wetherspoons crowd. By 1pm the place was packed.
Below you’ll see the only two tables not set for dining.
Even those tables seemed more to be a waiting room for the restaurant than a place to linger. So we didn’t.
Mrs RM has been an invaluable companion on recent GBG excursions; picking up morsels of banter, assessing the clientele in her inimicable way, and summing up pubs in a couple of words that I may not be allowed to use on here.
“Posh wine list”
“Wot no Punk IPA”
It’s a lovely looking restaurant with a real attention to detail. If we bring our campervan here again we might very well pop in for Steak Frites and Malbec.
But is it a pub ?