Greetings from Weaste, the less posh bit of Eccles, where the WiFi is good and the Chinese takeaway makes an excellent job of recycling the local cat and dog population.
Post 2 from Buxton, as Charles and I try to catch up with “Ye Olde Official Itinerary” and fail miserably. Again.
This was the timetable, lovingly curated by Stafford Paul.
They’re very shy, these Beer & Pubs Forum folk.
Not very diverse either, are they ? Apart from me, all rabid Northerners. And my Man City Citizens card confers honorary northern status.
Jeff (sp. ?) from Sheffield, ever-present Paul from Stafford, Will the Hatter (congrats on the title) also from Sheff and Ian “Bass Legend” from the heart of the Peaks (he’d walked, he cares about the planet).
Coincidences abounded. Jeff and Charles were both from Inverness, Will and I detest Watford, and Paul has drunk exactly the same number of pints of Bass as Ian. I’ve seen their spreadsheets.
There was no Bass on at the Swan, one of several recent GBG entries. I was glad to see they were keen to remind you of their history.
Tremendous beer range, with nice clear price labelling.
You may be wondering why Storm’s Silk of Magnesia comes in two shapes. Cask breather or not ?, flat or frothy ?, delivered direct from the brewery or via Workington ? I shall never know.
It was a good beer, one of the best of the day, cool and chewy (NBSS 3+).
But the real surprise was the popularity of the Tetley.
No, not the little one that Leeds little brewery do, the big one that’s now made consistently and with love and care in Wolves*.
Noises of approval from the group for the improved Tets, and for an unchanging pub attracting Old Boys playing doms and with space to hide in the corner with a paper.
And the landlord called me “duck”.
*That should alienate my Yorkshire readership, anyway.