22nd February 2020
Devizes seemed relatively unscathed by the floods cruelly limiting my western ticks, somehow appropriate for a town that’s a virtual arc of pub names.
We have a British Lion, a White Bear, a Lamb, another Bear, a Pelican, a Black Swan, a Dolphin, a Black Horse, Fox & Hounds, two Dragons, and a Conservative.
By the end of the evening Mrs RM was urging me to pick a final pub on the basis of the “cutest” animal, so you can guess where this ends.
It starts in a car park in Devizes where the railway station used to be.
A damp Saturday night, possibly standard for Devizes, with hardly a soul in the marvellous market square.
There’s a certain similarity about the central pubs, and I’m certain I’ve been to the White Bear before but actually that was the Black Swan, of which more later.
I half expect to find a horde of American tourists in here, fresh from their tour of
Wadworths Lacock Abbey.
A pleasant, friendly three-roomer with a mixed upmarket crowd, if you can have such a thing. Bit like the Queen’s Head in Wokingham without the risk of John Redwood dropping in for a pint.
“The leading craft beer pub in Devizes”
says their excellent website. You can read that a couple of ways.
I really wanted a 6X, didn’t I ?
But I made do with the Good Old Boy and a Brentwood Falcon Punch for Mrs RM. Is it #CasualSexism that I end up choosing her pint for her, given only the instruction “Something like BrewDog, please“.
Still, she found the best table in the bar, by the window, underneath the breweriana.
“And some nuts” . Just in time for the special mix (two servings).
Nights that start with bowls of nuts often end badly, and that’s a fact.
At least she hadn’t eaten the cactus. That might come later.
A lovely buzz of unpretentious beer drinking, a couple of oval ballers watching Wales v France on a mobile phone at the bar, and “He drops for World Cup glory !” shouted at one point, which proves it’s always 2003 in Wiltshire.
The beer was great, particularly the hazy IPA from Essex.
“You’re my meme” I told Mrs RM, whatever that means.
A great start.