I’ve been stuck in Huddersfield with duff WiFi; rather hoarse after shouting obscenities* at a Southampton team; rarely have I enjoyed a victory so much.
As I can’t upload photos of Hudders and (excitingly) Urmston, here’s a bit of St Albans from last week, uploaded in the Wetherspoons in Chapeltown.
I had the company of Mrs RM and made her walk across the mud that is Verulamium Park. towards the Lake, always at its best in winter.
We stopped to see the famous mosaic, housed in a building that will make a fabulous micro pub when all the world in micro pubs and Spoons.
Mrs RM felt she’d done enough walking to justify a stop in the first pub we came to,
but she hadn’t, and we carried on up the hill to the Cathedral , which is magnificent. Third only to Lincoln and Blackburn.
Mrs RM was so impressed she played with her I-Phone while I explored, along with an impressive number of Italian tourists.
We pressed on to the venerable Boot, where I had promised her a pint of finest Draught Bass.
The demonstration rumbling on in Market Cross should have warned us,
No Bass !!!
I considered a “No Bass” walkout, but Mrs RM was already seated with her phone out, so I had to buy her a pint of Citra served in that horrific Adnams glass.
Hard to fault the beer, even at £4.20 (ouch !), and a really cheery town pub with a lot more smartly dressed young shoppers than you’d find in your average town at 3pm. More like Stamford than Stafford.
A soundtrack including “Landslide” by the Mac seemed appropriate given our slide down the hill earlier.
As a husbandly concession,we walked back via Fishpool St and St Michaels to save Mrs RM’s high heels, and she kindly pointed out where a former boyfriend lived. What a gorgeous street this is;
Both those are shut, but elsewhere St Albans remains impressively and diversely pubbed.
CAMRA may have achieved much in the last 45 years**, but the absence of the epitome of our brewing heritage from CAMRA HQ is surely a national disgrace.
*Note for Mum. “Oh do stop your silly timewasting you naughty Saints” a typical rant.
**Without CAMRA, there wouldn’t be Wetherspoons. Think on that.