Last day in Scotland, for now. But I’ll be back, I’ll be back, tipping warm beer down the urinal and queueing for fudge doughnuts like the CAMRA hipsters.
For now, here’s some posts from the Cotswolds, rarely a great bet for beer quality if I’m honest, but then the pashminas and corduroys don’t come here for the Bass, do they ?
Actually, they’d only recently left Cheltenham‘s annual horse betting extravaganza (why don’t folk go to Dundee and bet on CAMRA Special Resolutions ?), which meant I had it to myself on a balmy lunchtime. Aparts from the locals letting their dogs attempt to lick me, of course.
It’s one of those English towns you never tire of exploring, always finding new little treasures, which is something you can’t say about Maidenhead.
The last three times here I’ve visited the Sandford (National Pub of the Year, craft), Wild Beer (craft, keg) and the Brewhouse & Kitchen (dishwater, booted out of the Guide), which tells you a lot about the changes in middle-England GBG world.
This year Cheltenham gets an ordinary pub in the Guide, which is about as high a compliment as I can pay.
The Whittle Taps sounded quite crafty, but lunch offers and gentlefolk suggested otherwise.
Of course, you don’t get street dining in Stoke (do you ?), let alone euphemisms like “Light My Rocket“, which I’m told actually means “Light My Rocket” in posh Gloucestershire.
There’s a mix of diners in what used to be a Slug and Lettuce till someone thought that was a new form of hygiene rating. Frankly, the PubCo dining pubs are virtually indistiguishable these days with burgers and loaded fries, pizzas and brownies.
But the Whittle Taps has a curiously Old School beer range (ignore the keg).
Pleasant service, unpleasant R’n’B, dull seating, decent Proper Job (NBSS 3) as you can tell from the lacings.
BRAPA will have much more fun in the Spoons round the corner when he gets to “G” for Gloucs in 2024.
Only the 3 flat whites for me, but the gentlefolk either side were keeping staff fully occupied with bizarre complaints about their steaks, both of which were sent back to the kitchen to be re-cooked. What do people expect for £7.09 ?