A coveted Top 100 place secured on my first visit; I bet the owner of Geordie’s Byre will be over the moon. Or not.
Geordie’s has it all, even an alternating position between Newton-on-Ayr and Ayr in the Beer Guide. Small things please small minds etc.
Just a short hop over Old Bridge Street at Poundland to Newton, which has a great collection of outside smokers lining Main Street.
Paul Bailey explores “What makes a good pub” on his blog.
I struggle to list the characteristics, but I knew as soon as I walked in Geordie’s it would be a classic, despite the unprepossessing exterior.
Certainly one for fans of dark brown (i.e. me), bench seating, tasteful wall photos and beer mats.
And tall shiny founts (font to you and me). The landlord pointed me toward a complex document which I pretended to read.
The Jarl was nectar (NBSS 4.5). I would have stayed there all day drinking it, wondering why there was Hobgoblin on the third pump. When it’s as cool and tasty as here and in Musselburgh, I reckon Jarl is hard to beat. It rarely is served that well.
On his visit last year, Simon missed the landlord of 40 years standing. I got the full Monty, delivered in the gruffest way imaginable. It was thrilling.
“Are you CAMRA ?” I wasn’t flashing BRAPA card around, I’d just ordered a Jarl
“That depends” I denied them thrice.
He was very engaging, very sharp and gave fairly brutal verdicts on a range of subjects, including lunchtime drinking (“dead”) and Spoons.
I mentioned I was heading on to Kilbarchan to visit Duncan.
I nearly sort his views on Maidenhead.
“You’re as good as they say” I said, as I left with a smile on my face. Hmmmph,I heard.
An absolutely essential visit, whether you go to Newton or Ayr.
Visit the trough (not the ladies).