I know some of us are more naturally positive about the return of pubs than others, just as our views on Covid risks vary.
BeerMat is always hopeful, and his latest piece is evidence that things are returning to some sort of normality;
Note, however, that the scene above shows blokes drinking Carling. You might not get such happy punters in a CAMRA pub.
Vaux Wanderer is similarly optimistic;
I share his experiences, although obviously I’ve delighted in highlighting the couple of occasions where pubs made be book for a half.
My scribbled note said I had to book for the Castle at George Nympton, so I did.
“Er, I’m phoning to let you know I want to drop by for a quick half.
I hope you have plant pots ready“. Sounds weird doesn’t it ?
“Sorry, what ?”
“Your Facebook says I need to book to pop by for a drink“
“Don’t be daft” Or words to that effect.
It wasn’t the sort of pub you’d expect to book to come in for a beer.
Half a dozen gentlefolk at the bar. One of them sounded the bell. Then went back to ignoring me, politely.
You won’t believe it, but the Exmoor was another 3.5 here. Over the hills in the actual Exmoor and beyond it’s often been, well, rubbish. But this was cool and rich and vinous.
But most of all it was a happy pub. Blokes and lasses discussing “8 out of 10 cats”, Nish Kumar’s canned laughter, and other non-beery banter.
Of course, CAMRA probably has a duty to persuade these folk that they should be leaving behind their BBB slop and drinking homebrew DIPAs in a hut in Barnstaple or Bristol, but you know what they’d say.
“Did you hear the first song Fred heard on Devonian FM after his cataract operation ?”
“I can see clearly now”.