Might as well keep going; I want Russ to have something to
correct read when he gets home.
If I ever get to the end of the Scottish trip, there’s eight Black Country pubs and nine in the Peak District to write up. One of them a new classic.
No classics at St Andrews, except the ones studied by the Finlay-Hendersons and de Durisdeers in years past.
Lest you think I’m just jealous that I didn’t go to University, here’s an extract from Wiki explaining the rituals of the Raisin Weekend at St Andrews.
“At midday all the First-Years gather in Quad of St Salvator’s College to compare their receipts and also to be open to challenge from older students who may look for errors in the Latin of the receipt (an almost inevitable occurrence).
Upon detection of such error(s) the bearer may be required to sing the Gaudie. In recent years the gathering has culminated in a shaving foam fight”.
Anyways. The coast and cathedral are worth the walk round the Scores, where the average house costs over £2m, which would almost buy Accrington.
My second pub is the closest the town gets to an Edinburgh or Glasgow level classic.
“A great selection of beers” says WhatPub, with all the worries that brings. And that’s on top of all the keg, ciders, wines and gins that normal drinkers now prefer over cask.
I’ll take a meagre choice of one fast-selling beer please.
At least I can compare how well that Stewarts 80/ compares from pub to pub.
Well, the glass is warmer than in the St Andrews Tap. But that’s not good, is it ? Less watery, more sour. NBSS 1.5 it is. It’s getting worse folks.
I guess, ooh, 12 years ago or so there would have been some Old Boys in here at opening with a half of 80/ and whisky chaser. No longer.
And yes, standardised Greene King menus on every table. No reserved signs, but it’s a Scottish GK diner.
Can anything redeem St Andrews ?