VEXED BY A BASS VOID IN VERULAMIUM

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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.

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St Albans

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.

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And the landslide took her down
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St Albans Lake

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.

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Future micro
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Roman mosaic

Mrs RM felt she’d done enough walking to justify a stop in the first pub we came to,

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but she hadn’t, and we carried on up the hill to the Cathedral , which is magnificent. Third only to Lincoln and Blackburn.

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Sainted pub tickers through the ages
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Font, not the one in Manc

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.

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The demonstration rumbling on in Market Cross should have warned us,

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CAMRA demonstration

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.

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Good beer, duff 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.

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It’s Sweden

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;

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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.

 

16 thoughts on “VEXED BY A BASS VOID IN VERULAMIUM

  1. Pretty much all the cask-focussed pubs in St Albans (Six Bells, Mermaid, White Hart Tap, Boot, White Lion, Farmer’s Boy, Lower Red Lion) do indeed stock Oakham at all times. Only a few have the Boom Dar. Great post Martin. Sorry I chose to be in Watford during your flying visit.

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  2. “And the landslide took her down”

    I was going to hint at a musical reference but you confirmed it further down.

    “Sainted pub tickers through the ages”

    Ok, that made me laugh. 🙂

    “CAMRA demonstration”

    And that (picture) made me shudder.

    Cheers

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  3. Bass was always on in The Boot until a couple of years ago; but increasingly seems to have drifted to an occasional. Not seen at all on most recent visits – whether coincidence of bad timing on my part, or victim of change of policy? Blame Protz ;-), he drinks in there.

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