Full disclosure : I reckon Bury St Edmund’s Dove is one of the world’s top 3 pubs.
I’ve written about the Dove before, and no doubt will again. Andrew from West Suffolk CAMRA reckoned Sunday afternoon would be a good day to sample the atmosphere and ale, as the Dove received its Pub of the Year awards. OK, that meant sticking the campervan in Ram Meadow and coughing up £4 for parking, but you’ve got to live a little while you’re alive.
Pubs aren’t primarily about beer, especially in a POTY, but they do help a pub stick in the mind. Five visits, and I’ve never rated a beer lower than NBSS 3.5. And I always stay for a second pint, which is rather unfair on the Beerhouse.
Last Sunday the Dove was as packed (with all ages) as usual, and apart from the ones on below, they had the added bonus of three beers from the jug. You’d have to travel to Derbyshire to get that (I believe).
Of course, the ultimate beer from the jug is Bass, but the Moongazer Pale was very rich, close to nectar (NBSS 4.5) . I don’t know why it’s better than beer from the barrel, it just is.
The beer of choice was the Green Jack Mahseer, at 5.8% the perfect session pint (NBSS 4). Never let anyone tell you they can’t put back the beer in West Suffolk CAMRA.
Or chat about things other than tractors and hops. To be honest, I was rather distracted by the natural carbonation on the Manseer.
I went back to the bar for a 3rd selection, to be cheerily told;
“It’s the Mahseer you want. Do what the Landlord tells you.”
A good rule to follow when the Landlord(s) really does know what they’re doing.
I told him I needed an App to let me know when the Pedigree was actually on. He just laughed.
Bury looked better than ever that afternoon.