Some reflections on the New Normal, but more importantly the answer to the question posed 2 months ago – How many pubs did I visit last year ?
I’m wary of speculation about what pubs will be like on 4th July (if they even open). In fact I’m not sure I’ll be rushing back. Y
ou get such good beer in your local Nisa these days;
Pub Curmudgeon, not for the first time, summed up my reservations here, just ahead of the re-opening announcements today.
“The whole thing (proposed restrictions) transforms pubgoing into a much more considered and premeditated activity rather than something spontaneous and FUN, which is what it should be.
And if it is reduced to such a JOYLESS, regimented process it is highly likely that many people will simply conclude that it’s not worth bothering with.”
Mrs RM senses my uncertainty. Greeters, reservations and table service ? Ugh !
But that said, I DO like to sit in pubs. Half my posts are rants about bar flies and dithering at the bar.
Perhaps it CAN work.
But will I have to register for EVERY pub visit ?
Is there a GBG ticker exemption for folk who just want to nip in for a quick half ?
For context in 2019 I made one thousand, one hundred and twenty-eight (1,128) individual pub visits, to 1,086 different pubs. Mostly for beer, but the odd coffee and eggs benedict, though they all had money from my visit.
And most of the time I probably only decided I was going in a minute before.
Sentimentalists will be delighted to know that the most pubs visited on one day was the round dozen on my birthday (22 December), and I knew it the next morning. 126 pubs in December, so obviously not put off by the seasonal amateurs.
My Top Pub Towns were Cambridge (31 pub visits), Manchester (32). Aberdeen (21), and Proud Preston (16).
Table service in the Black Horse, Matthew ?
My vast 2019 spreadsheet even has 992 beer scores.
You’ll be thrilled to know the average NBSS 3.13, weighed down by two pints of sludge in Wetherspoons (Haverfordwest and Dorchester), but bolstered by perfection in Bolton‘s Stonegate, Newcastle’s top micro, and the Doom Bar of your dreams in Winchester.
Good luck with table service in the Eclipse.