Have you noticed how I’m only seen as a shadow approaching my prey in these photos. Oooh, spooky.
The exciting walk from (A) to (C) took in Abington Park, quietly wonderful with its expanse of greenery and little aviary,
and the home of one of three clubs never to win the County Championship.
You approach it down one of Northampton’s many attractive little terraces, full of Autumn colour and fading Phipps signs.
“Aren’t Social Clubs in the Beer Guide great !” said no-one ever.
Like micros, you can guess what this one look likes. A recent refub had turned it into a mirror image of Stalybridge Labour Club. Or was it Maidenhead Conservatives ? Or Wargrave Snooker Club ? Who can tell.
I bet you didn’t expect seven hand pumps though.
A thrilling collection for the BBB fan. But what to choose ?
“Which one goes quickest here, mate” I asked F1 jacket man.
An immediate nod to the Tetley pump, and my heart jumped for joy. And not just because it was only £2.55 a pint, either.
I found a seat close enough to the members to not seem distant, but not so close it appeared I was eavesdropping on their conversations
about noisy neighbours.
We had more friendly Northampton folk. We had “Like A Prayer” (not the 12“) and other ’89 highlights. We had a more mixed crowd than you’d expect, younger tradesmen dropping in on Old Boys playing cards. A dozen drinkers in at 3pm on a Tuesday is good trade.
I had a decent pint of Tets, was cool and smooth, but just lacking the creamy head that I think a Leeds Brewery brew might give it.
Being charitable, an NBSS 3+ pint for £2.55 is a winner. Less charitable folk might suggest a reward for effort. After all, we all want a choice of at least seven. Don’t we ?
*Don’t argue about the apostrophe with me.