Three pubs to visit in Brighton & Hove (Albion) to finish East Sussex, so I’d picked the reliable if dingy Travelodge in Preston Park.
The walk through Brighton suburbia toward Hove is alternative tourism at its best.
On the way I tried to make sure I didn’t hear the City v Chelsea score, as I like to replay the games on Teletext later. Oddly, I NEVER watch City games on TV if I can’t go.
Just as I arrived at the Blind Busker, there was a mass exodus of Chelsea fans. They looked grumpy, but you can’t read much into that so I had to wait the 2 seconds to see one of the 47 TV screens to confirm a Cup victory that will guarantee our place in next season’s Europa Cup.
Inside, a dozen stragglers at the bar, waiting for expert analysis from Danny Murphy, or else next week’s Six Nations game, whoever plays in that.
There’s a rugger themed beer (inevitably Batemans) cowering behind the Amstel glass, but otherwise what a joyful sight !
My notes clearly say “Harvey’s, Estrella Glass, nice, 3.5” so that must have been hiding too. Certainly looks like the Sussex Best.
Just about the best beer of the day as it turned out, in a lager glass in a Stonegate pub with high seating and burger offers.
It restores your faith in the Beer Guide selection process, it really does.
On the big screen, a City-supporting Dad and his son were cheering as every City player collected their first winners medal for, ooh, twelve weeks. It made me feel at home (Ancoats not Waterbeach).
I stayed to watch replays of Raheem Sterling’s winning penalty. Top bins indeed.
Nice daffs too.