A couple of contrasting boozers to finish off Leg 1 of the Great Bristol Beer Guide Tick Off.
One more saunter from Brislington (wherever that is) to Clifton should do it. Those 5 in the Forest of Dean look a bit harder.
I nearly didn’t make it to the Volunteer, as a cyclist jumped a red light on the Bath Road and nearly knocked my glasses off. I wished him a good evening.
Three things went through my head as I walked in the Volly*;
a) What a lovely old pub
b) Is this a failed attempt at the longest pub name ?
c) Oh dear, I’m in Twickenham
Full of middle-class mid-twenties wine drinkers waiting for their pub quiz, which I sensed wasn’t going to be as jolly as in my Waterbeach local.
But at least Twickenham has handpumps which tell you what beers are on. The Volly doesn’t.
Here you have to look at a series of boards on the wall and make a choice, using a set of secret codes to work out whether it’s cask or not.
Good luck with this one, anyone with eyesight as old as mine.
It’s very exciting to go in a new pub and the first thing you see on the beer board is a 10% Imperial Stout, and I contemplated a pint at a bargain (really) £6.40, before coming to my senses and randomly picking the Vibrant Forest.
It wasn’t cellar cool, but it was very tasty (NBSS 3), and to be fair the pub is a minor gem. I just didn’t see much turnover of those beers though.
I’ll gloss over the chairs at the bar blocking the view of the beer boards too.
A jog in the rain to the Prince of Wales, via even more street art and the nice man at Lewins Mead selling goat curry and roti for a fiver.
Not all the streets to Bishopston are paved with gold though;
If I’d known the Prince was going to be in the new Guide, I’d have done it on the way back from that Rovers – Cambridge match last month. Perhaps CAMRA will let me proofread the GBG next year.
Anyway, it’s a decent local with plenty of proper pub seating, and a good place to chat about the Guide and the greatness of London beer with the legends that are Ray and Jessica.
I’ve had better Otter. I’ve had worse Otter. Pubs are rarely about beer.
*I can’t be bothered to use its full name,which will probably change again slightly next year.