Feels like I’m picking on the Southworths as soon as they land back in the States, but I guess that’s what they read the blog for.
Only one and a half more pubs in Leek on Thursday, and the pace was telling on our Pub Heroes as I caught up with them after checking in at the Green Man B & B.
Our host Paul at the Green Man had run the Gladstone, an Adnams pub near Stowmarket I rather rated back in the day. His B&B had a few nice touches from its time as a pub in pre-woke days.
He told us all about 11.5% Tiny Rebel beers we should finish the night with in the Roebuck, and craft beer pubs that had just opened in town, and it all sounded very exciting.
But #PubMen stick to plans or dreadful things happen, and next up was a sentimental bollock of De Koninck in Den Engel.
At least, I always thought it was bollock, but Dave insisted it was bo-lek-er and he is, after all, a beer sommelier.
Whatever, £2.50 a half is a bit of a steal and it was marvellous. I sentimentally recalled the time that Tim Martin imported De Koninck on draft into Spoons.
“Less hoppy in the mouth than in the nose” said Dave, probably.
I was very sorry to hear that Geoff Turner, longstanding co-owner of Den Engel had died last year, but pleased to see the place as calm and characterful as ever.
Just like Leek.