BOO ! BACK TO BUCKS WITH A BASS BANG

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The pub blogging world is all a quiver tonight, as we ponder the eternal question;

How do you top a blog title like this ?-  “Portland Bills, Thrills & Jelly Snakes

Yes, BRAPA’s team of interns has finally paid off. I’m going to be going through my own collection of Madchester* vinyl tonight for inspiration, but in the meantime it’s back to alliteration.

I wanted to use “All Bucked Up” for a second time, as I celebrate not having to visit dreary gastropubs with Side Pocket on for another year.  But there’s no repetition in this game.

Here’s the map.

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Beautiful pinking, if I say so myself

I actually had to make two trips to Hanslope, which looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere because it is.

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The Towcester/MK/Olney Triangle

There’s three remarkable things about Hanslope.

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Firstly the spire of St James the Great, visible from as far away as Costa Coffee in Newport Pagnell.

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Future micro pub

Secondly, the lady in the village shop, who said “Sorry” unncecessarily to me three times in thirteen seconds, an all-comers record.

And thirdly, a collection of FOUR Beer Guide entries for 2,238 souls, though the Globe (scene of an infamous recent murder) remains closed.

Pubs apart facilities are a bit spartan, though it does have a Banksy.

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Straight outta Weston

The marvellous lady at the bar of The Club even recommended the Watts Arms as a substitute, as my (minor) disappointment at finding the place closed on Friday lunchtime sunk in.

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Bingo ! Kids ! Halloween !

Don’t rely on Facebook, GBG tickers.

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Wrong again

She would have poured me a pint, but was cleaning the lines.  “I’ll drink cleaning fluid” I thought. “It can’t be any worse than the Pedigree in Bedford“.

A week later I was back, greeted by the horror (no pun) of Halloween.

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Oooh, I’m scared

Hanslope High Street was deserted; the Club was open, albeit with just three Rugby Union watchers on Saturday afternoon. I walked from deserted games room to the TV room.

Good grief !

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Wow

So, I got to finish Bucks with Bass.

Result.  Though as I saw just one pint poured (Ghost Ship) as nothing much happened for 20 minutes I wondered if I should have gone for the house Adnams.

It was decent, certainly well-kept (NBSS 3+) and with impressive lacings.

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A- for lacings

Just not as good as it can be.  Turnover counts for a lot.

Hardly a word was spoken, so engrossed in the oval ball were our locals.

But as I held the door open for a Mum at the door, a dozen tiny Alices and Darrens rushed past me, all screaming.  Perhaps at the newly-annointed “Old Boy“, perhaps at the skeleton.  Who can say ?

Halloweens Kids Discos – propping up rural pubs since 2004.

dav

*Actually, could have used the previous Happy Mondays LP title for that last post.

15 thoughts on “BOO ! BACK TO BUCKS WITH A BASS BANG

  1. Shudder sent them a FB message, says they typically reply within an hour, by the time you’d had your pint of Marston’s they cudder opened up for you.

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  2. You had me imagining a brass raised-letter plaque on the side of the church that reads “The spire of St James the Great is visible from as far away as Costa Coffee in Newport Pagnell.”

    I chuckled at “It can’t be any worse than the Pedigree in Bedford”; Just don’t test me to see if I fully understand the reference. 😉

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