You’ve missed the Billy Idol tribute. I’m really sorry.
In fact, you might struggle to get to the Kings Arms in Newent if the lockdown comes. I’ll have something to say about that when I can face it.
Newent was very cheery, presumbly still celebrating only a second GBG entry since 1875.
4 things characterise Newent;
Black and white timber.
Ancient fish and chip shops (a Gloucestershire speciality)
It’s also famous for onions, but only in September. Outside September they eat shallots.
The Kings Arms is neither micro or gastropub, so you wonder what prompts its GBG debut.
Perhaps 2020 is the year that ordinary pubs with 1980s tribute acts dominate the Guide. Let’s hope so.
WhatPub threatens local home-brew, but luckily the beer choice, like the tribute act, is old favourites;
As I never tire of telling you, the welcome in pubs rarely disappoints, and a lovely lady brought me back a 5p I’d overpaid in my failed attempt to guess the cost of a half of the Rev. which was rich and full-bodied (3/3.5).
One bloke was silently drinking coke, rapt by the 2.20 Arkell Chllenge (I assume all the races at Cheltenham were named after the Swindon brewer) and two lady gentlefolk were sharing a bottle of wine to give them the fortitude to refuse pudding, something I sensed they regretted deeply afterwards.
Pool, racing and darts in the same pic, and a separate skittles alley. One for the (real) Mark.
My notes say “typical Forest of Dean“, and I know what I mean by that; unpretentious pubs with weird accents but friendly locals.
My prize for being nosey (no-one seemed to mind) was the astonishing hot drinks selection,
cigarette cards showing all the players watched by Duncan in March 1932,
and a tribute to Joe Meek, whose duet with Billy Idol sadly never saw the light of day.
My GBG year may be coming to a premature end, but if it is it’s full of mellow pleasure.