I’ve been on the Bass in Bath today and I really can’t be bothered with this post. sorry about that. Feel free to wait till I get into South London and something more interesting.
More London, more gastro nothingness.
The Beer Guide will always provide a trip to the Hamptons. This year it’s the Foresters in Hampton Wick, described as 2Boutique Pub, Restaurant & Hotel”.
You can imagine my excitement at finding a place with a “Keep Calm” poster on the outside.
Sadly, it’s too far to walk to Hampton Court to bring you pictures of Henry VIII and his maze, which is actually a worthwhile London attraction.
Hampton Wick itself is a bit dull, but I’d only given myself 20 minutes between trains so there was no time to lose.
The Foresters has obviously had a lot of money spent on it to make it the sort of place you cant take your girlfriend/mother/wealthy aunt to for a cocktail.
The ONLY items of note are the memorials to deceased locals, which are quite touching,if a bit weird.
So why’s it in the Beer Guide ? Presumably because of Twickenham and Wimbledon beers on the bar.
I knew it was wrong, but I went for the mysteriously anonymous Burton brew.
Served in a tulip glass by polite but disinterested staff (a bit like me now) it was the epitome of NBSS 2. Not bad enough to take back and make a scene about, nowhere near good enough to make you ever drink that horrid cask again.
Still, I had a good tour of the pub, hoping to eavesdrop on some exciting West London conversation to drown out the (admittedly great) “What’s Going On” soundtrack.
But I failed.
“Thank you Sir” said the barman.
Which says it all, really.