In case you’re wondering, this is what a 20 minute post looks like.
I’m only writing this up because Arkell’s gets such bad press, and has so few of it’s pubs in the Beer Guide. More than BrewDog or Mallinson though.
As you’re no doubt bored stiff of me saying;
“There’s nowt such thing as bad beer*, it’s just they that keep it that spoil it”
And so with Arkell’s 3B, which I’ve enjoyed in Cheltenham and Swindon before, though not very often. So when we found ourselves with a closed M25 recently, a detour through Ascot and Windsor meant a tea-time stop here;
Ten years ago this came across as a cosy, unpretentious country pub, and the Duke of Edinburgh in Woodside (centre of the OS map) still is.
This was the end of March; I have no idea why there the Christmas Deccies were still up, but otherwise it was free of the clutter you get in Home Counties dining pubs.
“Can you feed us ?” I ventured.
“Do you like curry ?” Couldn’t he tell?
It was their curry night. Proper home-made Beef Madras and Red Chicken curry, £10.95 with a pint of 3B thrown in. For a place between Ascot and Windsor, a bargain.
Any notes I took are covered in Madras sauce (whatever that is),but the blokes opposite were dissecting Kante’s performance and the mysterious ways that Chelsea away tickets are acquired.
The curry was superb, the 3B good enough (NBSS 3), the cheery service a model to all. The roads had cleared by the time we finished. Mrs RM slept all the way home.
Where else should I be going for a decent Arkell’s?
*with a few home-brew exceptions