Two nights of torment back home, then a night out in Sheffield (under the flimsy pretext of seeing if our Undergraduate son was eating well to reassure his grandparents).
We tipped up just as the Sheffield United v Stoke game was drifting to a stalemate. Clearly the Potters no longer feel the need to visit other cities for decent beer now that Titanic have a bar at Stoke station, as there was little sign of away fans when Mrs RM and I hit the town.
And immediately were nearly wiped out by the Supertram, just as I nearly was in 2007 when crossing West Street to get to the Red Deer before closing.
At 10pm we had to have discipline to get the most out of the night. Brew Dog ? Shakespeare ? Bar Stewards ?
No, the Bankers Draft was closest, and I’d remembered my Spoons vouchers.
Now, a quick read of Discourse (spare your sanity) will show you loads of folk believe that Wetherspoons a) Sell beer cheap, b) Sell rubbish beer close to its “best by” date.
The Bankers Draft hasn’t been in the Guide for years, but the Hawkskead Pale was immaculate. And £1.65 with the voucher.
It must be a good beer; they sell it in micro pubs in Stockport. And I presume no-one puts a gun to Hawkshead heads and makes them sell it at a loss.
It was so good that Mrs RM left her Punk IPA for a few seconds and had a swig of mine. Cool, rich suds. An NBSS 3.5 bargain for the price of a packet of scratchings in Chelsea.
Punk is cheaper than in the Brew Dog bar, too, and it tastes better, says Mrs RM.
The pub is a bit worn. A decade ago this was the flagship Sheffield Spoons, packed with dining shoppers at lunchtime, and pre-clubbing trade at night.
Tuesday night isn’t the night to judge it, but the main trade tonight is blokes excluded from the Brown Bear by Humphrey’s no-swearing policy,
Despite the decent Hawkshead I didn’t see much sign of cask flying out. Oddly, the beer range is wider upstairs than downstairs. Read what you like into that.
Mrs RM enjoyed the free WiFi and her Punk, but was more than happy to make a dash for something more cosy. You already know where we ended up.