Yes. The source of that famous quote can now be revealed*.
The most famous PubMan of them all (per RetiredMartin, anyway), can’t even pop in the Gents at the Philharmonic for a quiet p***, ithout pub bloggers hunting him down for autographs.
Anyway, as good as ever, even if smaller than I remember.
The journey to the Phil had taken us through the heart of nostalgia-mad ‘Pool.
We strode past the Primark where Ringo bought the suits the lads wore in Hamburg, stopping only to see if the Bass was on in the “World Famous” White Star.
Unbelievably, it was !
“Just a half of Bass then ?” said Paul
“One can never have a half of Bass”. We marched on, past the long-ruined Everyman bar.
Oh yes, still lovely, even if it is long out of the Beer Guide.
Looks quite quiet, doesn’t it ?
It really wasn’t. Paul nabbed the last table in the main room, full of Sunday diners. There were some good views from there.
Paul did the honours at the bar. Note that Nicholsons are sticking to “Beers you’ve heard of” to guarantee The Phil avoids the Beer Guide ticking crowd. Wise move.
The Pride was drinking well, as McCartney probably sang on a 1972 Wings B-Side. Cool, chewy, great lacings, NBSS 3.5. Probably cost a bit more than the pint in Spoons later though.
My first visit for a decade, and I’d forgotten how multi-roomed it was. If the coffee cups had been cleared away we’d have nabbed this table.
Anyway, there’s the classics, though you might add the Ship & Mitre, Baltic Fleet, Peter Kavanagh or the Cambridge, depending on your preferences.
We had craft to do.
*For the truth, as always, read Boak & Bailey here.