VANILLA ESPRESSO MARTINIS & MARSTON’S PEDIGREE IN A NORTHAMPTON ESTATE PUB

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Mrs RM is on a long-term project in Northampton.  She feels your pain.

I joined her at the Campanile Hotel on the edge of nowhere.  It has French pizza and (brewery unspecified) Boddingtons on keg, she tells me.

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15 mins but seemed longer

Next door was a Harvester with a lone Doom Bar pump, which sounds appealing on a Monday night, but Mrs RM agreed to brave the dark cold night and explore the Grange Inn on the eponymous estate, which seems to serve a giant Amazon warehouse.

After all, there’s something magical about a Marston’s family dining pub at night-time once all the diners have drifted back home to Wootton and Collingtree.

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The Grange
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Slightly magical

At 9pm on Monday it was the preserve of the local youths, strangely disinterested in the epic Guiseley v Fleetwood FA Cup tie being shown on 14 screens.

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You’ve summed this place up already, haven’t you ?
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Clean and cosy
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Hello

Mrs RM was in a decadent mood, and made a beeline for the “2 for a tenner” cocktail menu.

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One of both then

For the craft beer fan, a cutting-edge selection on the taps and the unconvincing white wall that is now de rigeur from Penzance to Portsoy.

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2018 – so much choice

I looked to the charity box dog for guidance.

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“Pedigree”
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Ah, that’s better

Eventually we found a seat we liked, and waited for the cheery barman to read the manual on how to make cocktails.

CRAAAASH.  Something went wrong.  It was the espresso in the cocktail, apparently.  I don’t know what Mrs RM expected.  It’s Northampton, not Notting Hill.

But perseverance paid off.  They were very photogenic.

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I could have passed that cocktail off as Mango sour DIPA

We had a good time.  Blokes were discussing their dodgy girlfriends (a theme in Northampton), the music was unrecognisable modern R’n’B, and my Pedigree was a cool, rich NBSS 3/3.5.  Chances of getting in the Beer Guide ?  3-3/5%.

Better lacings on the Passion fruit Martini though.

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If we ask Mrs RM nicely, she might review the Boddingtons at the Campanile.

14 thoughts on “VANILLA ESPRESSO MARTINIS & MARSTON’S PEDIGREE IN A NORTHAMPTON ESTATE PUB

  1. Marston’s new build pubs – you’ve been in one you’ve been in ’em all. I was going to say Marston’s beers, you’ve supped one, you’ve supped ’em all. But we all know that by moving production around their vast brewing estate they manage to get a little variation into them, but not much life after Fastcask™.

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  2. That’s a pub I’ve been to many times, my father in law lives nearby and, relatively speaking, when you’ve got 2 young kids the food offering is ok.

    Beer though has never impressed, but at least 2 years since last went so maybe has improved

    Not much else nearby mind

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    1. No, not much else. The Wooden Walls of Old England in Collingtree was in the Beer Guide recently, a solid village pub, and of course Wootton Working Mens Club was/is famed for beer. The Pedi in the Grange was certainly good enough, possibly the best bet from the range.

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      1. I went to the Wooden Walls of Old England twelve years ago only because it was about half way to where we were going and we were a bit peckish.
        The food was average and expensive and the beer was nothing to write home about.
        Give me a new Marstons family dining pub and a couple of pints of Pedigree any day.

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      2. I suspect I was there the same day then. It was OK, not a patch on the dining pubs round you or Derbyshire. Those Marston’s family pubs never get into the Guide, except in Oakham or Burnley or Glenrothes.

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      3. “the same day then” would be 1st April 2006 which I remember as it was the day after I retired ( for the first time ).

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      1. Serious question. Why do footballers share rooms. I could understand it saving a few hundred quid outside the Prem, but did you really want to share a room ? Don’t answer if you don’t want to. I must be very naive.

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  3. “Slightly magical”

    I can almost hear the sprites tittering in the foliage.

    “Hello”

    Crikey. You weren’t kidding about the TV screens. I can see three in this photo alone!

    “One of both then”

    Well, if you read them quickly, it does look a bit like she’s drinking ‘you’ in. 🙂

    ““Pedigree””

    Nice juxtaposition. 😉

    “I could have passed that cocktail off as Mango sour DIPA”

    LOL, indeed!

    “If we ask Mrs RM nicely, she might review the Boddingtons at the Campanile.”

    Ok. Pretty please? 🙂

    Cheers

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