You left me at the Spoons in Blackheath, contemplating my next step.
A quick look at WhatPub revealed a second Britannia, this one the local Cider Pub of the Year. AND in Rowley Regis, where I’d never been before.
Two Britannias 12 minutes apart in the same town (virtually). Now there’s an opportunity for ticking disaster.
Duncan wasn’t sure if it had been in the Guide under a different name or address, so I asked the man up the ladder,who was wearing a CAMRA sweater.
“Excuse me. Has this pub been in the Beer Guide before ?”
“I should think so. Yes”. Never ask a man.They’ll make it up if they don’t know.
It certainly looked like a GBG pub; multi-roomed; Beer Guides on a shelf, pint drinkers.
Ciders to the right, ales to the left, slightly smarter dining area to the back.
And a charming, patient landlord who explained in painstaking detail the constituents of the £1.60 cobs to a lady who actually said “Of course I want a pint, no point having halves”.
The banter was relentless, the guvnor sent his son off to clean out the gerbil, and I declared this a GBG cert. Even though what may have been homebrew was dull but decently kept. Ain’t that almost always the way ?