Back at the terrifying underpass at Newport Station at 7pm, I had a few choices after checking in at the Spoons.
- Train to Cardiff to join a crowd of 7 million celebrating the TdF with Brains in a plastic cup.
- Go to bed, listen to Brexit debate over a Chinese takeaway.
- As 2), but find Sam Smiths first.
- As 2), but find Bass first in the Pen and Wig.
Sadly, I spent two minutes standing at the bar being ignored by staff engaged in something more important than me. Of course, if there had been a proper queueing system I ‘d have been fine.
So I abandoned my plans and set off for a pre-emptive tick.
The town centre was deserted, apart from families transformed to stone as they turned to look at craft being delivered to the Tiny Rebel bar.
Checking What Pub, I find only one option for a pre-emptive tick.
You can tell the Cellar Door is on the “alternative” street by the company it keeps;
No sign (it’s a micro) but I don’t think you’ll miss it.
It’s a bit chaotic for a Sunday night, which I like, and folk move up to give me a seat, which I love.
Being adventurous, I went for the middle one, hand written clip and all. Ten points for correct identification. It was a decent BBB in the Cotleigh style (NBSS 3.5).
As you’ll see, this isn’t quite your usual micro mob, perhaps reflecting the music. It had more than a touch of Burton’s Last Heretic, though without the ritual CAMRA magazine burning.
Eagle-eyed readers may note that I thereby turned down both Oracle AND Sarah Hughes Mild. I’ll be staying in Wolves, a mile from the Beacon, on Monday night, so I may be able to rectify that error.
Now, there are 3 sure signs of
the End of Times a certain future GBG entry.
- It’s a micro
- It’s just won a CAMRA award
- It’s got a folkie singing Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You”
Perhaps the most modernist of toilet signs so far. I’m sure Mudgie will approve.
I finished at Red Hot Goodness, a Chinese takeaway too far.
Five trips to Newport in 18 months. That’s more time than I spend at home.
NB Breakfast at Parc Pantry on Malpas Road rather than Spoons. How good is this mango DIPA with paper straw ?