22nd February 2020
The White Bear was the second and last of my new GBG ticks on this Wiltshire Wander, which is a disappointing tally when I see how BRAPA has been plundering the North.
I really fancied a 6X, long a favourite beer despite many commentators on CAMRA Discourse describing it as “twiggy brown slop“.
If you can’t get good 6X yards from the brewery etc. etc.
I asked beer twitter. They may be annoying, but they’d know.
Thanks Glen. Others suggested pubs in Cambridge. Wherever that is.
We walked back to the Market Place, deserted but lovely.
Oh, look. Old Mudgie has something helpful to say;
I wasn’t totally convinced, the Black Swan had a nice sign but seemed to over-emphasise the hotel over the pub.
“If Pub Curmudgeon has gone to the trouble to recommend somewhere we ought to go in” said Mrs RM, much too sensibly.
First impressions weren’t great. A narrow area with tables set for dining leading to a wider area with tables set for dining, all covered in the sort of old adverts bought as a job lot from a factory in Wrexham. These were the best bits.
All very modernised family brewer, the sort of place Badger or Palmers excel at. Though there was also a touch of the Oldham Toby Carvery about the ads and postcard humour.
But at least there’s 6X !
Most of the custom was young professional rather than old Colonel, which I guess is what Wadworths want. Just for the youngsters, this was playing;
A heated debate behind me about the merits of the Winter beer was bound to result in a request for a taster, so I just ordered a half for Mrs RM #EverydaySexism #Pints
Now the 6X was fantastic; cool, crisp, chewy. An easy 3.5, and a vindication of my support for the BBB.
I hurriedly added my scores to WhatPub so the Black Swan might get in GBG 2022.
Mrs RM wasn’t convinced by the Winter Tail.
“Ugh. Can’t you smell it ?”
“It’s real ale, love, it’s meant to taste like that” They used to say that to her in Scotland, you know.
She took it back, got a decent Horizon as replacement, AND the clip turned round after the staff tasted it. Expertly done. Wish I’d taken a video for the Americans.
Mrs RM stuck up for Old Mudgie, and she was probably right to. With little food in evidence it was becoming increasingly pubby.
Good job Christine didn’t see the filth in the Gents.