Five points for identifying what’s odd about the photo above.
The Official US/UK New Year Pub Crawl of Manchester contained some expected names (but oddly not the Lost Dene).
Our motley crew met up at the Lower Turks Head, but I ducked out in favour of another scolding coffee at Home Sweet Home and a rush to the Marble Arch to find a spare table.
Look ! Free tables.
As someone said on Twitter, perhaps the first time that mosaic floor has been visible.
I did that Amateur Drinker thing and tried to reserve a couple of tables with manbags and coats. BRAPA would have disowned me. It wasn’t necessary either.
I’ve only ever been to the Marble Arch a few times, always before City matches when you struggle for standing room but the Dobber compensates for that hardship.
No Dobber today, so I get to have an unwitty discussion with the nice barman about full Pints.
It’s a decent, easy drinking Pale that goes down too quickly and I end up having a half of Stout (decanted into the pint glass, of course), which is an easy NBSS 4.
The one problem with a crawl with interesting people is that you speak more and observe less; it’s why Simon makes me stand outside in the cold while he’s inside taking notes for his award winning blog.
So all I can really tell you is that assorted Mudgies and Yanks and Lukes enjoyed it as much as I did.
A classy, classic pub, from the 60s pop to the sumptuous seating and silky stouts. But.., time to bring back Dobber, eh ?