Paul had been tremendous company, but it was time for him to head back to New Town with its heritage interiors and beardless customers.
I may not have done any new GBG pubs that Monday, but I could at least have a possible pre-emptive tick on the way to Waverley Station.
The Hanging Bat has been top of the table on RateBeer’s Guide to Edinburgh for a while. But as we know, RateBeer isn’t a place you’ll find the Stamford & Warrington, or anything in Coalville, so I think we can discount that as authoritative.
But note that Paul is ahead of me zipping in the Bat, game for anything as usual.
Paul was about to ask for a half. They didn’t sell halves, only thirds and multiples. I think that was the cue for Paul to head north. I never saw him again. Well, not for 10 days, at least.
Only thirds. That suited me. The Fallen Grapevine was somehow just £1.30, and was gorgeous, as good as anything I drank that weekend (NBSS 3.5+).
The two chaps at the bar were chatty, we compared notes on the Bath Hotel, all was well with the world.
And it’s not in the GBG, while a Brewer’s Fayre selling warm Doom Bar was*. Ha !
Hope the homebrew isn’t an attempt to make the Guide.
*Let it go, retiredmartin, let it go !