Only a short hop from Crail to Anstruther though.
This was going to be a highlight of the Big CAMRA Weekend (fringe edition), something a reformed Arab Strap would write a song about.
The local organising committee had noted the two GBG pubs AND the Anstruther Fish Bar, a former National Champion. How anyone can beat the Withernsea Chippy I’ll never know.
It’s more Great Cumbrae than Largs, by no means a classic, but I liked the simplicity of the seafront.
I had an hour to Do Anstruther before the bus returned, unless they had Bass and Plum Porter on, of course, in which case two hours would be fine.
A big queue for the sit-down (mainly Italians, there being no Proper Food in Genoa), not so much for the takeaway.
Eating outside brings the challenge of our winged
friends predators, but luckily I’m a fast eater.
I’ll be honest, the chips were a 4.5, the fish was let down by a tough batter (2.5). Still, a tick’s a tick, as they say.
I couldn’t finish the chips, good as they were, and you can’t pour chips into the pot plants.
Sadly, I couldn’t finish my drinks in the two pubs either.
I won’t have a word said about the Ship, even though I was greeted by this;
Yes, the Good Beer Guide pub without any real ale at all, a rarity never mind six pumps with the same sort of beer six times.
“I’m sorry, the beer delivery didn’t turn up”
I blame the CAMRA members from Stockport, myself.
No Guinness or even Tennents, my fallbacks, so had a can of coke* which I took on a tour of an unpretentious boozer. I won’t rate the coke. Should have had IrnBru.
Sadly, only a lone couple in at 2.30pm on a Sunday, enjoying the seagulls diving for chips through the window.
I haven’t the heart to complain about the lack of real ale. Sometimes my local Chinese takeaway doesn’t have the squid, and I’ll get over it.
But you can’t help thinking that this was the big chance for local pubs to get some custom. Or were they all in the Members Bar ?
*Yes, I count it as a tick and mark NRA on my spreadsheet. You can sleep easy.