My favourite photo (above) from Leeds tells all you need to know about why pubs are so great. Can you imagine looking so happy sitting in your London flat drinking 330ml bottles of Pumpkin sour in your striped underpants watching Poldark ? Don’t answer that.
It took me ages to construct our crawl map so I’d better use it again. From C to D. From Calm to Delirium.
Next up was the last unreconstructed Leeds boozer that survives in the GBG (there’s plenty that don’t grace the Guide like the Duncan).
But first up our merry bunch of Real Ale Twats had to weave through hordes of young people enjoying open air indie pop and keg along Merrion Street. Oh to be young.
In honour of Old Mudgie, who was saving himself for Bradford, I did consider popping in Mean Eyed Cat , but Richard said that even with 72.6% Revitalisation you can’t get in the Good Beer Guide offering tequila.
What a gorgeous boozer the Templar is.
And aren’t World Cup flags seen through pub windows great ?
It was bustling, busy for a city centre pub on a Sunday. But just like Scotland’s cricketers, canny Pub Men always find a way to bag a table for five with a view of Alan Shearer spouting the obvious.
We surveyed a sensible range of beers.
A great half hour of pub life ensued. Dick and the bloke in the top photo tried to out-do each other with their knowledge of US states, and most of us enjoyed some top beer that wasn’t Tetley.
Along with a more famous one in an alley. this was the busiest pub of the evening, and a pub worth travelling from Cambridge to experience with likeminded Pub Men.
Not that we talked about beer, oh no. I imagine we talked about Simon’s dress sense, or the Outlaw in Bewdley, or the USA chances in the World Cup. Who knows ?
But then Dick took his beer back. And Dave’s as well.
Kirstall Three Swords (I think). End of the barrel, it happens. Don’t these Americans know it’s supposed to taste like that ? etc etc.
Anyway, both replaced with good grace, unlike one Kent pub that subsequently dropped out of the Beer Guide. Know your rights. All three of them.