For real #PubMen, there’s only one thing worse than the Christmas drinker.
And that’s the “Six Nation Sozzlers”, who turn (mainly) Home Counties pubs into Hell for six weeks at the start of Spring. Just ask BRAPA. Due to UK discrimination laws, I’m not allowed to exclude Rugby Union fans from this blog, but know your place in Hell (a Maidenhead Ember Inn) is assured.
Never mind, only two months till the real sport starts again;
But at least the rugby sticks to the weekends. I was glad I tipped up at Longworth’s Blue Boar on a Wednesday lunchtime, avoiding the Cotton Traders crowd in what looks like a rugger stronghold (see top). I still await a trip to the wonderfully named Kingston Bagpuize, but this is close.
Wisteria fans and real pub sign advocates will be overjoyed by the Blue Boar.
But I was more taken by the beer range. TWO unchanging beers, neither over 4.0%, both classic BBBs.
Many will find this the quintessential village pub, with low lighting, tiled floor and wooden beams, and scary open fires. And scarier Daily Telegraph.
Even the jugs hanging from the ceiling (one of them will fall on Simon) maintain the Good Pub Guide stereotype. #StraightGlassesRule.
It’s clearly a popular dining pub for gentlefolk, but without any “Will you be dining with us Sir” nonsense or excessive setting of tables.
Some very pleasant middle-class music from Iron & Wine and Dylan (Forever Young), and the banter from the only customers younger than me was decent, too.
Only joking, it was all about car repairs, kale and the gym (honestly). If it’s a foretaste of the Beer & Pubs Forum Trip to Oxford this month, Mudgie & Co. are in for a treat.
And the Otter ? Cool to the touch, impeccably presented, but not quite stretching beyond NBSS 3. But I’ve come to expect that, and not just in Oxon.