Back in Cardiff with an hour ’till Architects finished destroying my son’s ears, and no new GBG pubs to chase down, as the aforementioned Aberdare was a bit out of reach.
A quick look at WhatPub and it jumped out at me; a Head of Steam pre-emptive. They’ve made the Guide immediately in Sunderland, York, Newcastle, Sheffield and now Hull, which no doubt guarantees this will have been a wasted pint.
The streets were a bit quiet; they’re not as tough here as they are in Newport.
drinkers smokers braved the drizzle.
On the one hand, HoS are giant open plan bars, strong on the beer range but lacking in lived-in character. Like a Wetherspoons crossed with North Bar (that’ll annoy our Leeds correspondent).
Where they’ve been busy (Sheffield, Leeds) I’ve warmed to them. A good mix of drinkers, beers you’ve heard of, proper glasses.
Oh, and CAMRA discount (advertised). Always helps, apparently. Brought the Strongarm under £4, but not under £3. #SaveCask.
I took my pint for a little walk around the floors to warm up, and enjoy the sight of mature students playing board games.
Plenty of beer being drunk, most of it foreign (I guess that includes the Strongarm), but it wasn’t packed. Dryanuary and Skintuary take their toll.
Indie disco alternated with Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango In The Night“, a jarring mix I liked.
An excellent foamy but smooth pint of Camerons (NBSS 3.5); I can’t imagine this being served flat.
The only thing lacking was a bit of Northern grit in the pub. I was dreaming of a return trip to Hartlepool on a Friday night by the time I got to the lacings.