22nd February 2020
You left us escaping a family gathering in Hook, headed for the A303 and quite a night in Devizes. Just time before dark for a first incursion in GBG20 into Wiltshire, always a hit and miss county now they’ve banned Wadworths 6X from the Guide.
This is the view from tiny Great Wishford, probably listed under Stonehenge on Trip Advisor.
When we’re pubbing in unison, our strategy varies depending who’s driving. If it’s Mrs RM I’ll nip in for a quick half to steady my nerves. But today it’s me, so in we go, and 10 minutes becomes half an hour as we become the Royal Oak’s first visitors of the afternoon.
What am I missing out on as the DES ? Ramsbury, superior homebrew, but Mrs RM says “Mmmm”.
“What have you got non alcoholic” I ask, resignedly.
“This ginger beer’s nice“
And it is. The price isn’t.
Yes. Palmers produce artisan ginger beer. And rather good too, almost DIPA like in its murkness.
Barring a half pint premium, thats £4.60 a pint for the Ramsbury, which comes as a shock when you’ve been paying under £3 on Merseyside a week ago. Never mind, it’s what CAMRA want, apparently.
The horde of lycra-clad cyclists who followed us in seemed unperturbed, but they were all om Amstel, which is clearly a power drink these days.
And no, I’ve no idea why you can’t comment, so just shout loudly about paying for craft.