I’m not quite sure why the Circus was my Pub of the Day; the cumulative effect of beer, the quality of the pubgoers or the free pork pies.
The company was still high quality, but Joan and Dave and Tom had left us then, showing wisdom beyond their age and nationality.
The Two Mudgies (repeats on BBC2 at Christmas) accompanied Luke to the Peveril, which I’d done recently enough not to bother.
I checked into the Lower Turks Head (£21.60) and whizzed back at 5.25pm in the hope of nabbing a table at the Circus, which you’ll know isn’t quite the Moon Under Water.
Amazingly, I nabbed the last table in the glorious back room.
The best way to reserve a table for four seemed to be by buying four pints. So I did. At least I didn’t have to make a choice.
The Landlady, a hardworking wonder, brought them in and gave me a look that said “Oh yeah, I really believe you’ve got 3 mates coming“.
Four pints of Dizzy Blonde lined up in a row are certainly a great shot.
Two Old Boys looked seriously impressed by my World Record attempt on the four pints of Robbies before tea record, and as the clock ticked round to 17.46pm with no “mates” in sight they looked a bit scared.
Oddly, they left pretty much as the free buffet landed on their table, so the Landlady stuck it in front of me. She knew.
Typically, the Mudgies tipped up just as the freebies arrived.
I thought the Robbies was cool, rich and silky, a clear 3.5. Whether it gains or loses condition for sitting on a table for a quarter of an hour, I couldn’t tell.
A lovely couple of Woollybacks from Widnes joined us; they were off to a show in town but were enjoying proper pubs first. We shared our non-vegan sausage rolls with them.
I went off to admire the City room.
And the toilets
Honestly, this was as good as it gets. Shame it’s rarely this quiet.
Time had crept up on us, we skipped the Bull’s Head and said goodnight.
Or did we ?