Reaching the end of the night now, via a scenic walk from Portswood to Woolston.
You can follow my exciting journey below (the Pompey blue line).
I’m sure you’ll know the point in a crawl when you consider going in a pub just because it looks interesting. So it was with the Hobbit.
I resisted, just, but noted it was open until 3am all week, so I’ll be back at 2.44am on a Monday to claim my discounted pint of Bowman’s Quiver soon.
The route took me past St Mary’s, where a taxi was disgorging large groups of 50 somethings (says I) with “Basingstoke Beer Fest ’89” T-shirts and coke bottles.
A quick search revealed the excellent Southampton Beer Festival was about to start, and again I thought about joining the queue to sample a pint of Ringwood Best at its, er best.
But it was a tenner to get in (even for me). Which was basically my Chinese takeaway budget.
Now I know I’m a miserabilist, but who would choose to visit a beer festival in a plastic football ground with “up to a 100 beers” over the five great Southampton pubs I visited, which must have had 50 cask and keg beers amongst them. And who can drink 100 beers in a night, anyway ? #VisitPubs
Anyway, I was itchin’ to get over the Itchen.
Olaf’s Tun has the apostrophe in the right place.
And gets pretty much everything else right too, attracting a broad cross-section of east Southampton life, some of whom refuse to take their “Saints are staying up” shirt off.
The only thing I can say about it is that it’s too small on a Friday night, and I hate standing in pubs. But after a week of solitude in empty pubs at 3 pm on a weekday* I can forgive it that.
I guess I could have sat on the Malaga FC cushion.
Folk were bringing in pizzas from the Italian place across the road, and if I hadn’t earmarked my tenner I’d have succumbed too.
I suppose I have to mention beer. Very nice list, if a little hard to read when you’re my age.
The Moor stout was cool and chewy, an easy NBSS 4, perhaps the best of a very good bunch in Southampton.
I had 22 minutes to get to the Obelisk for the only Draught Bass in Southampton and back to Woolston station.
Would I make it ?
*Well, Simon was there as well but he doesn’t count, does he ?