Not every pub in the Beer Guide is worthy of a post, unless BRAPA is in there, when all the weirdos turn up at once.
The fireplace (top) was the highlight of the Red Lion in Milfield, a pub I’ve been wanting to clear (not in the Highlands sense) for a while.
It was drizzling when we arrived at 6pm, so no atmospheric external shots, but the drizzle doesn’t excuse the dullness of the interior photos.
Only the knowledge that Cathy Price and Duncan McKay have stood on this spot can lift our spirits. The Red Lion is the typical tidy rural local coming to an end of the Sunday lunch session, and clearly lacking professional drinkers or potential for drama.
On the bar, Game Bird and Black Sheep.
“Game Bird or Black Sheep, Christie ?”
“Ooh, Game Bird. That’s the one they have in bottles in St Boswells”
A dull sip later.
“Oh. I preferred the Foxy Blonde“.
Now the pump clip designs are benign, but how do Born in the Borders Brewery get away with beer names like that ?, I ask you.
Sadly, that exchange was the highlight, not helped by my second Diet Coke of the hour.
As I said, pleasing fire place, good looking food, and if we’d come on a sunnier day I’m sure we’d have formed a better impression.
I expect the Black Sheep was selling faster than the Game Bird, too. Cask ale lottery.