9th March 2020
You can choose from phantom fears
And kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose free will
RUSH – FREEWILL, 1980
Time for one more ? Sam Smiths always appeals, the Craft Union place promised £2.10 pints but with the threat of Purity, and of course there’s always Spoons.
In these troubled times it’s our duty to support the independent, and use our quarter’s CAMRA cheap beer vouchers on pints of Doom Bar.
But. I was hungry. And the Fountain has better burgers than Spoons. And they had an advert for a Rush tribute band, perhps Gloucestershire’s finest.
“What about those Chinese takeaway reviews we so cherish ?” you ask.
Oddly, I never feel comfortable with a messy takeaway in a Guest House, though I’m happy to spray curry over the walls of a chain hotel.
Anyway, the Fountain is as smart as you’ll get in Gloucester, reminding me of the White Hart I stayed in last time out in Exeter.
I entered to the sound of “Brown Eyed Girl” (not the Boney M remix) and a relaxed country pub vibe.
Must be a decade since my last visit, and it must have been busier in 2007. What happened ?
But it fills up as 7pm approaches with a few gentlefolk and Cathedral evensongers and even beardies, all drawn to the completely recognisable beer range.
Oh. Just realised I turned down the Palmers Copper. That’s the problem when breweries change pump clip design every year.
As you’ll know I can’t resist those weird collaboration beers which sound like leftovers from the last Wetherspoons festival, so I had the Hook Norton/Yeastie Boys and said a silent prayer to the God of Cask Beer Lottery.
The Blues Brothers gave way to Bill Withers bursting into “Lovely Day“, my X Ale was crisp and pleasing, and the mayo I asked for was served in a little metal dish by the charming lady.
Four Irish racegoers came in, looked at each other, dithered for a minute, and said “Four Guinesses”. I reckon they saved about £10 on Dublin prices.
Three 3.5 pints in Gloucester on a middling March Monday; good beer and cheer in all three. It can be done.