You left me in Ely, leaving a second pint in a Greene King newbuild diner, the sort of pub that you can usually rely on.
I headed back to the station past the Cathedral, needing to get the taste of sour beer out of my mouth.
I gave Greene King a chance to make it up to me.
The Prince Albert is Ely’s GBG stalwart, as reliable a GK outlet as the Free Press in Cambridge, and now with similar prices (£4.50 for Landlord last year).
And like the Press it persists with the XX Mild.
Later in the evening it goes a bit upmarket (by RM standards), but at 6pm the crowd was mixed, the banter earthy, the seats low. It was marvellous.
Cool, frothy, chewy 3% beer (NBSS 3.5+); utterly wonderful. Not something you drink in halves, mind.
£3.50 a 3.0% pint, so you pay for your quality (it was bargain priced in that Isle of Ely place). I’ll pay for quality, thanks.