One of the occupational hazards for GBG completists is an “unintended revisit” to a pub ticked under a different name.
You’d be surprised how often this happens, particularly when geographical listings are all over the shop. Belper Mark, a closet ticker that Si and I outed recently, uses postcodes in his own relational database, which is an excellent idea but a bit keen.
Some people worry about Brexit or broccoli or BRAPA visits; I’d had a nagging doubt that Bingley’s Platform 1 3/4 wasn’t the new tick I supposed it to be. And though the GBG just says “opened in 2017“, a bit of detective work (I asked Duncan) reveals it to be a rebadged Off the Tap.
Off course, Bingley is the centre of the micropub universe.
On another sunny day, it looked more Costa Brava than Costa Bradford as West Yorkshire’s sun worshippers got in the larger’s (misspelt lagers above).
Firmly in the quirky bar camp, the mix of Peroni and Empire works for me.
A charming barman told me the best beer to have.
It’s a small, busy room, a touch of Margate’s Fez about it.
I sat down to enjoy some classic Laurel & Hardy on the telly in the corner and “Tempted” by Squeeze on the HiFi. Works for me, though possibly not at the same time.
The barman gave me a little history of the pub that was so complex I forgot it but probably involves local legend Garvey’s Taverns in some way.
Anyhow, the Empire was cool, rich and thick, a 3.5+ of a beer on a hot day.
A winner for me !
I just have one thing still nagging me. Why didn’t I blog about it as Off the Tap ?
Let it Go, as someone once said.