The Southworth family from the States seem to be having a great time touring the south coast. I asked them whether they were doing any beer festivals.
“After 8 nights here we saw a great beer fest everyday! And we got to enjoy Deal and Hastings. That is what i call a beer fest😀”
Yes, pubs are the best places to drink beer at its very best, particularly in the CAMRA Pub of the Year, claimed back by Yorkshire this year by the George & Dragon at Hudswell.
Beaten to it (as usual) by the Pubmeister (here) I gave it the acid retiredmartin test. How good is a pint of mild at 11am on Monday morning ?
First things first. The walk from Richmond was as invigorating as it was in January, when I arrived to find the place closed as they were celebrating their award.
I don’t hold grudges.
Though disfiguring pump clips with clothes pegs may be a crime against humanity !
They’re there to display prices at point-of-sale, always a sign of a good pub. This big board helps too. You’ll see the range isn’t daft in breadth, focusing on quality local brewers.
More important than clothes pegs and £3 pints, the welcome was spot-on.
“How ya doing ? Good day for a beer !” etc etc.
The day after Yorkshire Day, the good will from our most accommodating county was still overflowing.
When I’d phoned earlier to check opening times (which you should always do before every pub visit these days) I was given food serving times rather than the more generous licenced hours. Despite their famed cheap lunches, there were no reserved signs, just beer mats dotted around the gorgeous rooms.
A symphony in red. And the Rudgate Mild looked the part.
Like the recent POTY in Pendle, the G&D benefits from underrated views from the back garden. Despite overcast skies, there will be few places I enjoy a pint more this year, unless the new Beer Guide gives me a backstreet boozer in Wythenshawe.
Rich, smooth and velvety (NBSS 4). You could tell that by the lacing, I’m sure.
Two cyclists in the garden, whispering their routes for the day. Hope they avoided the downpour (they clearly didn’t).
The 11 a.m. pint of mild test passed, but it’s the welcome you’ll remember.
And if you don’t like the cask in our Pub of the Year, there’s a house down the road with a keg from our top craft brewery (says someone).