Yep, still in West Wales. In fact, by the time I finish writing up this May trip I’ll probably be back there with Duncan.
Finally some great beer, the sort that makes you turn to Mrs RM (if she’d been there) and say “Try this, Mrs RM. THIS is the pinnacle of the brewer’s craft“. Or summat.
Tucked into the pretty bit of West Wales near the oil refineries, the Taberna Inn isn’t an obvious gem, but a gem nonetheless.
But don’t take my word for it.
See what timtom from Manchester has to say;
or Mark & Jacqueline from Doncaster, who are into Prosecco and nibbles;
But what do Mancs and Donny folk know anyway ?
It looks old-fashioned rather than shabby to me, a bit like my own local.
Bear in mind though, I’m the bloke who thought the Spread Eagle and Tiviot were the highlights on my first trip to Stockport back in 2002.
There was no-one about. Do I get my photos in quick, in case the Landlord gets a bit shirty like the Welshpool gaffer did last week ?
Might as well.
Then he appeared, just like the Shopkeeper in Mr Benn, eating a Pot Noodle. I appreciate that’s not necessarily the thing that Mark and Jacqueline from Doncaster want to see when they pop in for a gourmet lunch. Toffs.
“Sorry. I wasn’t expecting customers till 1.30. ”
What a gent he was though.
He poured through a full pint of the Leviathan IPA to make sure my half was fresh.
“Good to see a beer pulled through” I said, hugely impressed.
“It’s no hardship” said our hero, drinking it while we chatted about great pubs.
“Do you want to buy it ?” he said, only half-jokingly. Tells you all you need to know.
The beer was nectar, a cool, smoothy, potent NBSS 4. It can be done, even in Wales.
And that, my friends, is what the Beer Guide is all about.