Finally, a pub for Professor Pie-Tin to warm to.

We took the bus into the tiny capital of Valletta on Carnival day.  In Waterbeach, Mrs RM makes Feast costumes on an animal theme each year.  In Valletta, they dress as Dante’s Inferno.


And make papier mache models of Freddie Mercury.


Valetta itself is a tiny amalgam of Genoa and Ramsgate, which is great.  All it lacks is the tacky backstreet bars and Gadd’s No.7.  It has the narrow hilly streets off to a tee.


Being tourists, we met Leeds’ Official Beer Blogger at The Pub for a pint of Tetley’s Magic Rock.  The sign tells you all you need to know.

The Pub

This is the place where Oliver Reed sadly died in 1999, after an inadvisable bender shamelessly commemorated on T-Shirts and key rings.

The drinking today was more modest, though Mrs RM put back cans of High Wire and Cannonball in rapid time.  Are they craft ? I forget.

Smaller than your average micro pub

My pint of creamy Farsons Blue Label tasted a lot like 1995 Caffrey’s.  They know their market here.

Richard was distracted by some oval ball nonsense.  You could have been in Headingley.

Oval balls and Ollie

The fun came outside, as the Carnival procession attempted to pass down an alley patently unsuited to vehicles pumping fumes through the door.

It won’t go, lads !
Carrying an original 1975 Good Beer Guide

Inside the famed toilets were a bigger health hazard than those fumes.

“Lived-in” character

When I got back from the loo Richard and Mrs RM were discussing hopping rates or summat.

Great pub, like a rougher version of the Nutshell.  Bet you didn’t think that was possible.

Richard in Leeds Rugby shirt.  Shameless



15 thoughts on “OLLY’S LAST PUB

  1. Wondered when you were going to post this, I saw you sneaking a few pics. Not my favourite Maltese “pub” but the cap bands and other naval memorabilia are interesting. The toilets are without doubt gopping, but some of the graffiti is interesting and pre-dates the prehistoric remains at Hagar Qim.

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  2. Doesn’t do much for me I’m afraid.
    As a golden rule I never step into an English or Irish themed pub anywhere abroad.
    Surely you stumbled across at least one good back-street local boozer on your hols Martin ?

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  3. “Great pub, like a rougher version of the Nutshell. Bet you didn’t think that was possible.”
    I thought it was remarkably similar to The Nutshell. I wouldn’t call ether terribly rough- maybe I just like grotty pubs?

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  4. “Oval balls and Ollie”

    I take it you’re not talking about the fellow in the window. 🙂

    “Carrying an original 1975 Good Beer Guide”

    My guess would have been your ride home if you partook like Ollie did. 😉

    Looks like a great pub experience though. (thumbs up)



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