As you’ll imagine, the early part of the new season is full of shocks for the professional pub ticker. A bit like the Premiership, then.
Two minutes after sharing my excitement at FOUR new ticks in Norwich, Duncan had responded from his Moldovan craft beer bar, telling me that Louis Marchesi was actually the new name for Take 5.
What to do ? Amend my spreadsheet and consider it a free tick ? Or take a look ?
Let’s take a look.
I get to walk past the Adam & Eve, which looks like the sort of pub on the front cover of the AA Guide to Pubs for Gentlefolk 1977.
I couldn’t remember Take 5 at all, even more reason to pop in for a half.
A cosy, rambling place with a large group of Monday diners and a couple on the Woodfordes Wobble, which sounds fun, doesn’t it ?
“What should I have then ?” I asked the nice man.
But then I notice the “I’m the staff favourite” sticker on the Fengate, which made my question a bit redundant.
Why can’t all pubs do this ? In fact why can’t they JUST serve the one beer that’s their favourite.
And why can’t they ALL play Johnny Cash. Actually the barman declared his first pick a bit “too brutal” for the septuagenarian Monday diners; nice to see staff adapting their music choice to the custom.
My notes on the beer, and remember I’m a pub sommelier, say “rich, potent, red, 3.5+“.
I told the nice barman his staff pick was great, and he told me the Louis was completely different from Take 5.
“Take 5 was famous for its desserts. We got rid of the desserts to add more beer”
I nodded, but secretly I knew I’d have wanted both.