I tried so hard to get a blog title using the Police classic (do Americans rate Zenyatta Mondatta ?). Not sure I succeeded.
“You get so dizzy even walking in a straight line“. Yep, that’s me.
Down to the Thames next, and a walk along the Narrow to the top of Canary Wharf.
It’s a long time since I was here, perhaps twenty years in Beer Guide time, but Pubmeister assures me there used to be basic E14 pubs in the GBG (North Pole ?, George ?, Gun ?). How things change.
Three entries in E14 are a Craft, a Spoons and a Nicholsons. London murk ahoy (joking, EL&C CAMRA).
Still a really great place to wander, though it seems to be the preserve of foreign tourists these days. You’ll know how popular the hotels round here are with Russian visitors.
The wonderful old Grapes used to be a Proper Pub in living memory, you know. One peep inside on a Sunday afternoon (I dare ya) will tell you what it is now. I saw two pashminas !
Into The Wharf, which I’ve always liked on behalf of the “blinking tower” (right). I guess it was built to warn publicans when BRAPA was in town.
BRAPA and Pauline both thought the Ledger Building was OK. And you can trust a Yorkie, eh readers ?
As you can see, the Ryder Cup was generating a white fever of excitement as I entered.
Obviously, you get a different crowd on Sunday to Friday lunchtime, a “cultural melting pot” that Simon and I obviously like. Tourists called Pashmina Pauline, Spanish language students, non-drunken Scots, all present and correct.
Very early 2000s Spoons by the look of it.
I went for a Pride, proud of myself for using the last CAMRA voucher to get the pint below £4. It looked the business.
And for the first half tasted great (NBSS 3.5). But then, for the third time in a month, Fuller’s finest lost its sparkle in the second half (NBSS 3 average).
Nicely buzzy, but a week after Si’s visit a bit dull. But then the taster terror arrived.
“Corbyn hat lady” as Si would no doubt name her won the respect and admiration of the Spoons staff by asking for three samplers, and taking them each back to her mate for a second opinion. And then buying a half of Doom Bar (probably).
Respect due. As no-one says these days.