Back to the hard slog of pub ticking earlier this month, and a first trip in many years to Uttoxeter, or Greater Alton Towers as the TIC has probably rebranded it.
The hardened members of the Beer & Pubs Forum will be visiting the town’s famous Bass & Pedi pubs on June 14th. Unlike Burton, where you take your Bass into the Balti houses, I don’t think the Mudgies can drink pints on the Smiler ride, despite the obvious blog potential.
I thought I’d get the Horse & Dove micro ticked ahead of the big day, so we could concentrate on Proper Beers on the 14th.
Uttoxter at 4pm on Sunday looked even more bustling than usual.
The “Horse & Dove” sounds like a real pub, doesn’t it ?
But to prove it’s a Real Micro, I walked past it twice while trying to match the dot on the GBG map to reality, dazzled by the sight across the street.
“Stop whining. The Beer Guide is all about beer” shouts the beer bores of Boston Spa.
And of course it is. And to be fair the Horse & Dove looks better than the high-tabled hell of some micro shop conversions.
But low tables and sofas aren’t much better in my world (1962, somewhere in the North).
That said, the landlord is a cheery gem, and deserves your custom.
Yes, there’s a lot of folk talking real ales, but there’s also an effort with gins and those weird ABK lagers to entice normal people in, too. The normal people are sitting at the bar, stopping me taking a copy of “Potters Bar” for Dick & Dave.
Because I like beers with novelty names I go for “May the 4th be with you“. It’s named to commemorate the date on which our PM will stand down or summat.
It’s a bit chilled, but tasty and GBG level standard (NBSS 3).
I’m sure it’ll be great with the Mudgies in tow, but I couldn’t get comfortable, despite the ’60s country soundtrack (probably Merle Haggard).
I’ll leave the resolution of the big issue for the 14th.