When I first started writing this blog someone wrote a comment along the lines of “If you dislike pubs so much why don’t you sit at home and watch Bargain Hunt you old codger”. If they’re still reading this blog,.. (no, of course she’s not still reading it).
Anyway, the point I made then is that this blog is more about travel and people than buildings and beer, and the investment is worth every penny.
Even in terrifyingly expensive Billingshurst, home of some picturesque pubs and a very cluttered OS extract.
For the benefit of BRAPA, think of Billingshurst as the Ampthill of West Sussex, cocking a snoot at Bedford with its takeaways and fun, happy in its chintzy isolation (except here you don’t have to travel to a place like Flitwick to commute to London).
I hadn’t obviously been before, but anyone who’s been to an upmarket Essex town just off the M11 (Epping, Ongar) will feel they have. Fashion boutiques, cafes, curry, and a Sainsbury local to decimate the local independent trade.
Pevsner would call the scene from the Six Bells “pleasing“.
The look that the horsey people gave me as I waited for them to walk down St Mary’s Close to their pashmina parlour was priceless (why do Southerners walk so slowly ?).
Real people can still be found in the King’s Head (not to be confused with his Arms just up the road).
As 23.7% of all comments on my blog relate to now defunct brewery livery, here’s Barringtons, no doubt the Wiper & True of its day. Or a Charringtons rip-off.
The King’s Head is your typical “boozer in a smart small town“.
Small town, locals boozer, Six Old Boys drinking lager at the bar (don’t blame THEM), so that’ll be eight hand pumps then.
I was clearly overcome with emotion at the choice that CAMRA have won for us in 2018, as my next photo competes with BRAPA for shakiest for the year.
This next shot is better, you can even see the carbonation in the Dark Star Hophead, which was undrinkable in a thin and sour (NBSS 1.5). Why’d you imagine that could be ? A change of recipe now Dark Star has been acquired by The Man ? Nope.
£2.15 a half too. More than a pint of comforting Sam Smiths Stout in a gorgeous Cheshire pub of your choice.
BUT THE BANTER.
“Just like the Old Days last night”
“‘ee’s clearly not fit”
“That ‘arry Kane, ‘ees all right”
Nope. No idea what they were talking about. I was watching Columbia v Japan on one of the TVs.
The Good Beer Guide really needs a little symbol for indoor foliage so you know you’ll have somewhere to pour your undrunk beers away surreptitiously.
Oh, and before you ask about taking it back, it’s not my job to test their beers.