I’ve had a great day in That London. Seven new Guide pubs visited from far West to South-east.
If you can read that you’re doing well !
I took the Piccadilly line to Zone 6, jumping off just before Heathrow.
The tube was deserted as we approached Hatton Cross, with just an abandoned Carling can for company.
How exciting it is to do chicken runs across the Heathrow approach roads while ducking low flying Aerroflots.
The local wildlife didn’t seem curious about anything.
Not many Guide pubs out here, even Spoons, and this is your standard John Barras diner. But also very Olde English.
I was first in, I’m like that, and had a minute to admire a top-notch unspoilt village diner. Complete with traditional pub games.
Christmas had already started, but most of the tables were set for a 40th party that afternoon.
I loved it. A little bit.
I even loved a beer range without pretension.
The landlady was very chatty, she’ll love Simon.
I congratuated her on their Beer Guide place, and told her the Starry Night (NBSS 3+) was good. Beer Guide standard.
Then she told me she’d had a visit from “one of those CAMRA people with a Beer Guide” last week.
He’d been very upset about the beer range, as one of the three had just gone, and told her she couldn’t be in the Beer Guide with just those beers on.
If we can’t support and encourage suburban dining pubs with good quality beer to keep the appropriate range of beers on, we’re stuffed.
Get your heads out of the clouds.
NB: Just to be clear, no suggestion at all that visitor was from the local branch, which of course has put the pub in the Guide in the first place with a sensible range. But we are all CAMRA, and do CAMRA no favours telling licensees how to run their pub.