On Wednesday morning I got a text message from youngest son Matt.
“Soz Dad, short notice. Can I go 2 We Came As Romans gig tonite plz.”
“OK. Where ?
“Nottingham. London date sold out”
You can guess where he gets it from.
So at 6.30pm we were back here, having made two stops for travel sickness on the way. Simon has just been in that same seat. I cleaned it first.
No 16 year old wants to be seen in the same vicinity as his Dad, so as soon as Matt was sure I wasn’t needed anymore I was told to sod off and collect him from the Rescue Rooms later. The Rescue Rooms are a bit less scary than Rock City next door.
Having long completed Notts, I had free reign to pick a pub. I stood in the centre (green dot below), pressed “Find pubs near me” on the GBG App and looked for red dots to appear.
Oh. Not a jot/dot. They’re all spread around the ring road, it seems. Even the authentic boozer that is Annie’s Burger Shack has dropped out.
So on a whim, I picked the pub with Forest flags outside, just for Alan Winfield.
Actually, it was a County fan who put the Royal Children on a list of ten essential Nottingham pubs to visit when I stayed over in September 1995. No BrewDog or Crafty Crow back then.
If it still sold Home Bitter back in ’95 I have no recollection of it.
A lovely boisterous pub on that Wednesday 23 years ago, a lovely quiet pub last Wednesday; just a Notts couple playing pool to the accompaniment of “Don’t Stop Believin‘” and a welcoming barmaid. What happened between my 2 visits ?
Well, CAMRA has won the battle to make all pubs stock lots of beers, I guess. Just the one on here, and a good ‘un.
In fact, the Bitter was Beer Guide standard (NBSS 3+), winning the battle with the heat.
But will it ever get back in the Beer Guide ? What do you think ?, dear reader. But treasure pubs like this that know their customers while they still exist, or soon it will all be micros.