It’s very important to jump on any bandwagon that presents itself, and Sweden’s “bold” experiment in keeping bars open (with social distancing) allows me to shamelessly recycle my Scandinavian posts from 2017, a time when (unbelievably) folk were questioning President Trump’s fitness for the role by burning cars in the streets.
So, the Helsingor-Helsingborg ferry it was.
“The only notable feature of the 20 minute was the frantic purchase of duty free slabs of Carlsberg (we’re talking 96 cans on trolleys here) before a klaxon signalled entry into Swedish waters halfway across and it all died down.
Apparently, some folk travel backward and forward all day, enjoying duty free prices and surprisingly cheap buffets.”
A fairly functional place, Helsingborg at least had decent views from the castle.
No–one was in the mood for anything other than a giant burger and chips in the English-themed pub.
“The Bishops Arms is a chain of English-themed pubs across Sweden in the groundbreaking 1980s London Pub style. Great Swedish microbrews were promised, but instead we got what you might now find in a Wigan chain pub;”
This seemed the lesser of the two Bishops, with an imported beer range denying me a Swedish beer of any description, and you know how much I love local microbrews.
“Lunch for 4 cost £75. Value was, indeed, “interesting“. That left enough for 2 ice creams and a couple of beers at a new Bishops Arms by the marina/ferry.”
It was almost pubby, and with more folk boozing than burgering (?) by the sea we’d have stayed longer if our £100 in Krona hadn’t disappeared in 90 minutes.
Loads of English cask (top) and the “Good” beer that CAMRA folk go on about to distinguish it from the unnamed “Not Good” beer.
“I know you want to know what the Sheps was like, but I only had enough for a pint of the Evil Twin. It was tremendous, like a Green Devil but cooler, and Mrs RM devoured it on the seafront while “Winter Wonderland” played. In July. Those Swedes so wacky.”
£8 a pint, but if you’re ever allowed to travel there before pubs re-open here I guess you might think it’s worth it.
NB Not sure how up-to-date it is, but the European Beer Guide has loads of info on cask in Sweden.
Better off waiting till Copenhagen’s pubs re-open, mind.