BEWILDERED IN RE-BADGED BINGLEY

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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.

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I KNOW YOU !

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).

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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.

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“Enjoy it !” he said

It’s a small, busy room, a touch of Margate’s Fez about it.

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Mrs RM would love/hate the design

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.

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Name that tune

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.

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oooh
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Lacings winner !

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.

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23 thoughts on “BEWILDERED IN RE-BADGED BINGLEY

  1. Like buying a fabulous 1950’s Sarah Vaughan album for silly money at a record fair, then getting it home to find you’ve already got a World Record Club version with a different (inferior) sleeve*…

    *Cue uncontrollable laughter and mucho kudos points from all your ultra cool and desperately sexy vinyl-geek buddies…

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      1. I’ve just checked and I visited Off the Tap on 30th April 2012! Time flies when you’re having fun. Don’t think it had been open long then.

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  2. The miserable old git I now am I’m very suspicious of anywhere that proclaims itself somewhere’s “best kept secret”.
    Don’t they want to remain that ?

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  3. “One of the occupational hazards for GBG completists is an “unintended revisit” to a pub ticked under a different name.”

    In the photo above is that Laurel and Hardy?

    “uses postcodes in his own relational database”

    Not sure if he uses a database but BBM includes postcodes with his writings (which makes it so much easier on Google Maps to find that particular pub out of the dozen with the same name in the UK). 🙂

    “I KNOW YOU !”

    Blimey. Two things; first, advertising the fact that you’re the best kept secret is a bit of an oxymoron and… they brag about their lagers?

    “as West Yorkshire’s sun worshippers got in the larger’s (misspelt lagers above).”

    Does larger’s mean oversized beers?

    “A charming barman told me the best beer to have.”

    I would’ve gone for the Modello Bordello with the sexy legs beside it.

    “Mrs RM would love/hate the design”

    The word ‘eclectic’ comes to mind.

    “Works for me, though possibly not at the same time.”

    I must confess I would never be ‘tempted’ by either Laurel or Hardy in that way. 😉

    “Name that tune”

    Tricky that. 🙂

    “Lacings winner !”

    Looks a bit like the stockings on those Modello Bordello legs. 🙂

    “Let it Go, as someone once said.”

    I hope to god you’re not referring to the movie Frozen.

    Cheers

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