MARADONA & THE MICRO – AN EALING COMEDY

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From Brentford I walked back into Ealing, past the new Bees ground which I may well revisit once they install their posh seats. You know how us City fans love our posh seats.

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Bing maps won’t let me show you my actual route to The Owl & the Pussycat, which actually took me through Gunnersbury Park, an essential comfort stop in a city lacking essential comfort stops.

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Learning lessons from St Albans, I realised I needed to eat. My luck was in.

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L’oro di Napoli – Wow

A little shrine to Naples and Maradona, who Mrs RM actually saw waving to the crowds from his palace on her own Eurorail adventures of 1987. In her honour, I had the house special pizza and double espresso.

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The Maradona – a tenner well spent

I should take up food blogging, I really should. This gooey feast was “to die for“, a sumptuous feast that had us “licking our lips” etc etc. Lovely people, unfussy service, no craft beers.

I felt revived, and decided I didn’t need to borrow one of those OFO (Oh **** off) bikes that get tipped in the canal in Manchester to get to my micro. Not that I’d have been able to follow the instructions.

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No instructions

The Owl & the Pussycat enables me to finish off the large lump of pink that is the West London bit of Page 280 of the GBG.

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Almost perfect pinking

Didn’t I walk past Northfields tube station recently and slag off the coffee ? Oh no, that was South Ealing, I get confused.

Ah, here we are. Typical micro, looks quite light and welcoming and there’s cheese next door.

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Bags of the winter Ullage left outside

Inside it’s exactly what you expect from an Ealing micro pub.

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More wet floors
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Pic from a 1977 Al Stewart album cover

Less fun than a Spoons, let’s put it that way. Reading the beer menu is a challenge for us oldies.

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Quirky

The owner is polite but distracted at opening time. Perhaps I should start tipping up at closing time. His beer, though, is surprisingly wonderful given that it appears to be made in the shed. The Walpole Special is a tasty NBSS 4, though I’d rather be drinking it in an Ember Inn.

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Richard Coldwell would love this place.

Needing some laughs, I went in search of Newbury Tim.

11 thoughts on “MARADONA & THE MICRO – AN EALING COMEDY

  1. “her own Eurorail adventures of 1987” –My Eurorail adventures were in 1985; ah, to be young again, and hopping on European trains. I knew I was fortunate, even then, but only when you’re older do you look back on what you were doing in those days and say, “You lucky bastard!” šŸ™‚

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      1. Concur, somewhat. šŸ˜

        Did Europe via Eurail for about 11 months back in 80/81. Stayed with relatives in England to rejuvenate between two 2-month passes. Also flew back to Crete for a few weeks to stay with an American girl I’d met on my travels, then spent two months traveling around the UK. It was quite the experience (complete with stories šŸ¤šŸ˜œ), but, as sappy as it sounds, I wouldn’t trade what I currently have with my darling wife for anything. šŸ˜šŸ˜‰

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  2. “an essential comfort stop in a city lacking essential comfort stops.”
    Au natural I take it? šŸ˜Š
    Oh and on my phone the map’s a bit small. All I could make out was the bottom right which I thought was “Stand on the Green”, which I took to be the opposite of “Keep off the Grass”. But I was mistaken. šŸ˜
    “and Maradona, who Mrs RM actually saw waving to the crowds from his palace on her own Eurorail adventures of 1987. ”
    Was that when he was overthrown as the dictator of a small European country? šŸ˜œ
    “Almost perfect pinking”
    Perhaps. But we all know green is the new pink. šŸ˜Ž
    “Pic from a 1977 Al Stewart album cover”
    The Year of the Cat?
    “Quirky”
    I see #3 was no longer available.
    “though Iā€™d rather be drinking it in an Ember Inn.”
    You’re showing your age. šŸ˜‹
    Cheers

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