A last Oxon tick before the big city centre crawl later this month, and another chance to reassess Abingdon, surely the Newbury of the North.
The Morland livery, Abbey grounds and town museum are highlights of a modest town with much to be modest about, as someone once said.
But I like modest towns that don’t shout loudly. Even the Narrows manages to disguise itself as a Brewhouse & Kitchen.
It’s very narrow, oddly.
Actually, it feels more like a boozer than a brewhouse, and has the joyous sound of professional drinkers at the bar, and few diners at 4pm on a Monday. There’s a lot of activity entirely unrelated to the consumption of alcohol, if you know what I mean.
In the Beer Guide for the first time, though the beer range is solid rather than flashy. White Horse, Oakham, Bateman and the usual suspects.
I go for the Batemans, on the premise you don’t see their beers much these days, even in Lincolnshire.
It looks slightly better than it drinks, but it’s still a cool and rich NBSS 3. I’ve been spoilt lately.
Also lately, I’ve acquired a taste for Spoons chicken wings, even though I don’t like chicken wings.
Some pleasing touches include a nice home for the (“Tim says this is”) craft,
and themed loos. No idea what this Spoons used to be.
How else can you follow that up than with a photo of the Cher CD I picked up for a £1.50 from the charity shop ?
Yes, it was the best thing on offer. And yes, “Believe” is still astonishing.