My second pub in Perth was one I’d already visited before, 20 years ago, but I felt sorry for it.
When I marked up my new GBG in September (cross-checking) I missed the Old Ship Inn, having only added the words “Ship” on my spreadsheet back in 1999 (SuperCalc days).
An intern would have spotted it, but Ian the Intern* is currently working for BRAPA identifying wee stops in Workington or something.
This omission was particularly sloppy as I only walked past the Old Ship in April and mentioned it was my only tick.
I’d noticed my mistake in the Spoons, but thought I’d go back anyway, otherwise I’d end up back in the BrewDog and we all know how that ends.
As always, the best approach is from the rear.
At risk of Dave starting off from Minneapolis right now, here’s the interior.
But never mind the seating, it’s all about the people, and at lunchtime there was a Proper Pub mix of newspaper readers, Professional Drinkers and Ladies Who Lunch (on wine).
If a pub is back in the Beer Guide after an absence it generally means one of three things;
- CAMRA Discount introduced.
- GBG rotation in place.
- They have a beer from a craft brewer called something like Ghangly Ghoul.
“How are ya ?” says the lovely Landlady. “Thirsty I bet“. Little things make a pub.
It was Jarl, of course, a cool, foamy gem of a beer. Yet another Scottish NBSS 3.5.
Yes, it has TV screens. Yes, it’s Greene King. But it was as good a lunchtime stop as you’d hope for, and pushes Perth firmly into the Top 5 of Scottish drinking cities.
And Perth has proper vennels.
*I made this up.