I guess there’s a sort of inverse relationship between beauty and Bitter in the Cotswolds; the greater the tourist honeypot factor, the lower your chance of a good pub.
Chipping Campden is gorgeous, the Lavenham of the Cotswolds, and yet I’ve never been to a pub here before. What can it mean ?
Quite a few ticks in the neighbouring areas like Bretforton, Ebrington and even little Broad Campden, but like Burford it feels a town of upmarket hotels rather than Gloucester boozers.
There’s not much to distinguish it from the welter of other small market towns, except the excessive politeness of folk who I walk past along the High Street. “I’m so terribly sorry. I believe I may have come within 5 yards of your personal space just then“.
As I said, spectacularly impressive, if not a lot to actually do. Unless you need to buy a gun or a Barbour jacket.
They’re very proud of their awards, only one of which means anything to me.
A room to the left laid out for formal dining,
and a room to the right laid out for informal munching; you already have a picture in your mind, I’m sure. “Mr & Mrs Jones” (oh yeah) confirming their reservation to distract the member of staff who should be serving me beer.
Everything about it screams “Hate me retiredmartin, hate me“. Even the fireplace.
There’s one bloke at the bar with a San Miguel, the new national drink about to be confirmed as a “quality” beer by the sub-committee. He says hello.
And four beers on the bar, about two too many I guess. No jam jars or tasters (hoorah), just labels with helpful information about the beers. It’ll never catch on.
I’m having a good run with Hooky at the moment. Once again, this was cool, with plenty of taste and a tight head. Well beyond “Good” on the scale (NBSS 3.5). I ought to revisit the timewarp Peyton Arms for you; it might be a Top 100 pub.
I didn’t make many notes on my phone, unnerved a bit by the subtle warning in the Gents;
But to be honest, I’m not sure much happened.
Sometimes, an exceptional beer in a smart pub with Baylis & Harding toiletries is enough.