Firstly, the bad news. Still no new Good Beer Guide, coming up to two weeks after expected delivery. Counselling services in Paisley, York and Cambridge have been overwhelmed by demand.
Now I know most people read this stuff for my deep political insight and views on technical brewing faults, but occasionally I like to veer into straight-up tourism. And if Duncan can write (beautifully) about cake in Worcester, I can ramble on about the culinary delights of a proper tourist honeypot.
Last Thursday I volunteered to pick up our neighbour’s teenage son on his flight back from Katowice with Wizz Air, and you never pass up an opportunity to revisit the most attractive large town in South Bedfordshire, do you ?
Luton changes little, despite the roadworks that have become an art installation in their own right.
No new pubs for years, and now even the English Rose has gone (RIP). It was very quiet but the banter was always very, er, diverse.
As I noted in Aldershot, the diversity of the population is a factor in the town centre being more colourful and vibrant than, say, Maidenhead would be at 2pm on Thursday.
Anyway, tourist highlights.
I walked randomly, hoping to find a curry café to the north of town, but got distracted by a chap walking as fast as I was along the new busway to Dunstable, so I followed him.
I emerged from the fumes of the A505 at Kenilworth Road. the ground I first saw a Manchester City team who had just finished second in the League, nine points above United (before they bought success years later).
I like the fact that the ground has been left untouched since my first visit. Including the Bobbers seats.
If you’re unsure about your football, here’s a review of Luton Town from Bing Maps that will tell you all you need.
A One Dosa looked a great stop for a late lunch, and so it turned out. Starter, giant dosa and craft soda for £7.
The Masala Dosa reminded me of the family naans in Balti Towers in Burton, though perhaps with 3,500 less calories.
Don’t go to Luton for beer, go to Dunstable Road for curry.
Anyway, too full to even try the beer for you in the giant Spoons with the fake heater in the centre. But I know you like pictures of exciting beer ranges, so here goes;
Oh, and Luton Airport is still a hideous dump.