No post yesterday, just to see if Russ panicked.
Actually, I was on a mission to deposit James back in Sheffield in his new digs down the road from the Wellington, and then see the Famous Fulham at the Etihad. More on Sheff later.
Once I’d ensured James had settled in with the important information (WiFi password, discount pizza vouchers), I headed for the Trans Pennine Express for Manchester. Not many people know that TPE was the inspiration of the Kraftwerk hit of a similar name back in 1977, the year of punk and ELP.
It’s not actually as straight a line as Bing Maps suggests;
But 50 minutes is plenty of time to stand* and admire the Hope Valley as it flies by and Hazel Grove in slow motion.
It’s always great to be back in a proper city after recent excursions to the Smoke. You’ll note those Trafford Reds have as much idea about geography as certain CAMRA branches.
My target was the lone new GBG entry on Bridge Street, but I got distracted half-way along Portland Street.
It’s great to see a proper Hyde’s boozer back in the Guide, even if it should really be the Jolly Angler, as that’s on the way to the match.
But the tiny Grey Horse is proper Manchester.
Look at all those lovely Man City fans, blissfully ignoring the United tat on the walls (the Circus is more balanced in its favours).
Loads of cask being pulled by the hardworking landlady, perhaps 20 pints in the 15 minutes I was there, which is 19 more than in the average Buckinghamshire pub on Wednesday lunchtime.
And loads of Mild. A lovely cool, rich Mild (NBSS 3.5) only let down by a daft name.
“And your own“ said the bloke next to me. Basically keep the change.
But my pint was £2.98.
Keep the 2p ? That’s like only tipping 10% in America, isn’t it.
I chickened out, and then felt embarrassed as I realised she’s given me 5p back as the 2p pot had run dry.
Then I saw the 10% CAMRA discount sign.
I’m so glad I didn’t ask for the discount, although a £2.68 pint would have given me even more of a dilemma about “And your own“.
The chap behind me had no such qualms about his discount. AND asked for a top-up. He probably wanted to pay by card as well.
*More strikes = standing both ways. Cheers.