THE BOURNE (END) ULTIMATUM – WHERE’S MY SCOTCH EGG ?

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The last Buckinghamshire GBG tick. Always good for a blog title.

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BRAPA in no rush to return

Don’t feel too sorry for me. Only eight pubs to tick in the GBG20, and I end the county (as I often do) on a cracker.

Bourne End
The hotel marked in Windsor is the Castle. It really is.

Last year Bourne End gave us KEG (which was cask); this year’s B’Ender was a classic BBB Boozer.

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Gorgeous, if I say so myself

I’d actually popped by a couple of months back and found it unexpectedly closed. I seem to have told local CAMRA but not whined to you lot about that, but I was on my way to Maidenhead so all was forgiven.

It was open today. I’d phoned ahead. They seemed astonished I’d asked.

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Flowers, beer mats, fish in cabinets

A sprawling gem, pretty but unfussy. Bar the Christmas tat, of course.

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Great fire

But what’s this ? Everyone standing at the bar, a table laid with crudites (who eats crudites willingly ?).

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Noolives

Had I stumbled on a private party ? Would I get served ?

I considered summoning Simon on the telephone so he could stuff his face but calls only go so far as Marlow from here.

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When 4 digit phone numbers ruled

Well, they served me, even if I wasn’t part of the Little Marlow Players or whatever.

It was a GREAT beer choice.

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Note homemade Johnson pumpclip

6X, Harveys, Rebellion, Brakspear and the funny one. Most folk were going for Harvey’s.

This is Brakspear country though. And Scotch egg country, so I asked for one of those and hid away from the Christmas pubgoers standing helplessly at the bar waiting for someone else to tuck in first.

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Nice flowers

Goody Two Shoes” and Madonna’s “Lucky Star” came and went but my Scotch egg didn’t apppear.

Being warmed up” said the nice lady. What ? Does the chicken need to hatch it ?

I’ll say this, it was worth the 8min 37 wait. My best beer and food pairing of the year. Crisp and moist, cool and chewy, in the right places.

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NSESS 4.5 +MBSS 4 = NSE+BSS 4.25

Bucks, you’re nearly forgiven for those atrocities in Brill.

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