But Bury (not that one) is close, the folk are friendly and mostly harmless, it’s a gorgeous town, Roger Protz is there, and they’ve got Bass on.
It also gives me a chance to show you how wildly different the Bing Maps approximation of the train journey (blue line) is, compared to reality.
The train was packed with beery revellers, all in the fancy dress of St Judes Secondary School.
I was wearing my Star Inn Bass T-shirt.
Mr Donut from Tostock is just finishing for the day. You can trust a town with a specialist donut presence on the market.
Bury St Edmunds gets all the modern popsters at the APEX.
West Suffolk CAMRA have expanded into the open space outside the APEX this year, a bold move which has increased the potential for open-air drinking AND that essential musical entertainment we all love with our pint.
I got there before 5pm, so it was nice and civilised, by Bury standards at least.
Free admission for the CAMRAs, and a superb flat Bass, just as nature intended, for £3.50. They also had Pedigree, Batemans and McMullens for us traditionalists.
Half of me wanted to go to a Proper Pub like the Rose & Crown just then for an IPA, but I settled for a chat and a Yardbird at the Greene King stall.
Sadly, there was no-one who could explain the inexcusable absence of the IPA, CAMRA champion bitter in 2004 (joking, joking). It was another lovely beer.
Time for some evil keg from Three Blind Mice, skilfully using up my beer tokens exactly (Don’t hate me, I did leave the glass refund for the charity box).
All good beers, well priced and in an oversized glass.
The food was superb value, too, some of the best options I’ve seen at a festival. Special balti and saffron rice for £6.
Talking of food, I then got a text from a hungry 17 year old and had to cut short my toping. Probably just as well when you see the bottled beer list that might have followed.
*Excuse the short break from strict chronology