Pub No.2 on the BRAPA bender (for him, not me) was a bit special.
Unexpectedly so, despite the Chequers’ 437 years in the Beer Guide, the legendary Fish & Chip Fridays and the announcement of its place in the CAMRA Pub of the Year finals.
I’d been a couple of times and thought it was a good old-fashioned local, without putting it in quite the same league as the Queen’s Head or even the Red Lion in Histon. Something about the homebrew didn’t appeal, perhaps.
But this time, it shone, it really did. Perhaps it was just BRAPA magic. I might pop back with Mrs RM and see if it can cut it on a cold Tuesday in Hunts.
The locals stopped watching the 2 o’clock from Newmarket to say hello, we had the main bar with fire to ourselves, and it was a picture of multi-roomed loveliness.
And strange decoys stood on the beams above Si’s head.
I had a half of homebrew Mild here; it was nectar (NBSS 4). Why can’t all homebrew taste like beer ? Simon had to have one called “Golden Shower“, of course.
Out came the Guide and the green pen, and our longstanding Landlady seemed genuinely overcome to be asked to do the honours.
Then we got a mini tour of the pub, behind the bar and all. We were offered a look at the brewery, but explained that neither of us liked beer.
I’m not sure I’ve ever received such a royal welcome in a pub before (I lie – Andrew in the Fisherman’s in Broughty Ferry). Did she think we were CAMRA inspectors from another branch ? I doubt it, I think she was just a great Landlady.
I now know how the Queen felt when she was given a tour of the Bridge Inn in Topsham in 1998. She’d love the Chequers, and she’d love Sooty too.
One more to come, and it involves South Africans.