Just to prove I do occasionally read your comments on here, this post follows a recent suggestion from the mysterious hedgenerd about Draught Bass in Grantchester. To be fair, I’d want to remain mysterious if I lived in Grantchester or Trumpington.
“I just had a nice pint (two actually) of Bass at the Green Man in Grantchester. NBSS 4 by my reckoning …”
You had me at NBSS 4, as we say in Waterbeach.
I was there in 15 minutes (thanks Mrs RM), catching the end of a startling summer’s day.
and catching the sound of ball on willow at the end of a competitive Grantchester CC v Flycatchers fixture from just behind the Green Man, backing onto the Archer estate.
It’s a classy Beer Guide pub, and a rare middle class drinking den (even if Moretti and complex cocktails beat cask). At one stage a chap (possibly a fag*) rushed in asking for gaffa tape. You don’t get that in a Hungry Horse.
Middle class pubs rely on wickets with hunting pictures to sell beer, of course. This shot will evoke one of three reactions;
- What’s a village pub doing with six handpumps ?
- Is that man pressing the security alarm ?
- How dare they relegate Bass to the end of the bar ?
All the pubs in Grantchester are posh by Waterbeach standards, let alone Wigan. Giant dogs, oak beams, Chesterfields, £4.60 pints. FOUR POUNDS SIXTY !
And not even in a Bass glass,
Still, if it’s NBSS 4 that’s OK ? I gave it a 3.5, at a push. Tasty, full-bodied but not quite as cool as you’d hope. It was Derby standard, not Buzzard or Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Oddly, we had Black Sabbath playing inside, so popped outside to the world’s longest, narrowest beer garden that leads down to Grantchester Meadows (I’ve done the Pink Floyd link before).
Here, I “enjoyed” acoustic strumming of every Cambridge graduate’s favourites – “Mr Brightside”, “Budapest” and (of course) “Wonderwall”. A beardy bloke on the Moretti rocked his table furiously in time, shaking my Bass into life.
To top it all, a small child ran up and down the path, waving a huge branch (probably listed) in my face. THREE TIMES their Dad said “Toby, don’t“. THREE TIMES the child ignored his Dad. Just like I would have done.
The view though; that was almost worth £4.60.
* A fag is a student who does menial tasks for a higher year undergraduate. Didn’t you watch Porterhouse Blue ?