Only one more post before I get to tell you about the CAMRA AGM and how Stafford Paul and I defeated the “broccoli amendment” (long story).
First, my emotional reunion with Mrs RM, after my exhausting day ticking in Surrey and her more leisurely exertions fixing IT in New Cross.
In order to get back in her good books I’ve included a photo showing Mrs RM’s position in the firmament.
I’d arranged to meet my Number 1 at London Bridge, as just as with Birmingham New Street it’s impossible to get lost there 🤔.
The Shipwrights looked ideal but was closed, despite not being a Micropub.
Still, there are other options.
Just time for a stroll past Hay’s Galleria and HMS Belfast. One of the best views in the world.
Though not a patch on the Underbanks, obvs.
I headed for the Rake. Easy to find me there, and I might be able to bag a table.
You’ll know the Rake. One of the original little craft bars that are now commonplace. Except in Maidenhead.
This is the place that made worldwide news for selling beer at £18 a pint last year, prompting immediate action by Mikkeller and Craft Beer Co. in their new bars in Shoreditch.
It’s always pleasantly busy inside, a mix of office workers, confused tourists and women on company accounts asking for tasters. But we’ve always found a seat in the garden, so it’s one up on the Market Porter already.
I bought Mrs RM a pint of Moor Nor’hop on keg and awaited her presence.
Even sent her a little map showing the 4 minute walk.
24 minutes later, I’d drunk half her beer (not as good as the Nor’hop on cask) . And started on her Pipers.
So when she did arrive I had to go and get myself another.
Not sure about the Stone glassware. It was actually Magic Rock Common Grounds in there. Clearly you beer bores reading this have all dumped Magic Rock for selling out like Weller did by adding horns in ’82, but it was a magnificent beer (NBSS 4.5).
Within 10 minutes the troubles of
our her day were forgotten.
Occasionally, just occasionally, London gets it spot on.
The sloppy burgers in the new food court outside Omeara were decent too.