CERNE ABBAS – GIANT DONGLE, GENTLEFOLK DAWDLING

Lots of small posts to catch up on from 4 days in Devon and Dorset; some of the pubs actually let me in !

I based myself in a layby in Dorchester, a perfect location to tackle the hills and beaches. My plans NEARLY came to fruition.

You’ll recognise the next place;

Yes, it’s Cerne Giant, the one with the big dongle after which woke West Dorset CAMRA name their magazine. As you’ll know, the dongle is the spanner in his right hand which was used for attaching the autovac before CAMRA ruled on those.

I assumed I’d been to Cerne’s pubs already, but apparently there’s 3, and only one of them is called the Giant. Not this one;

Been here, lovely

or this one,

The actual Giant

but this one, which looks the plainest of the 3.

New Inn

Oooh, Palmers. At last.

All 3 were busy, some with pashminas from Pimlico delighted explaining the Giant to their Peters and Patsys.

But the New Inn had gentlefolk. Always my favourite, except when they dawdle by the entrance.

The sign at the door said “Wait” so I did, but nothing happened so I bravely approached the bar.

Where the Landlord actually seemed pleased to see me ! Hasn’t he heard of the London Plague.

Apart from telling me about the one way system to the loos I could have been in February 2020. Remember February 2020 ?

Lovely rich Copper (NBSS 3+), and the Landlord popped over while collecting glasses to ask how I was.

Being a great host is easy, isn’t it ?

No, I didn’t sit on the giant dongle to increase my fertility. Or my NBSS scoring.

18 thoughts on “CERNE ABBAS – GIANT DONGLE, GENTLEFOLK DAWDLING

    1. Scott,
      Palmers pubs were rumoured to use cask breathers – that’s why the beer’s always so good – but cask breathers are no longer outlawed. It’s Autovacs that they’re all arguing about now, not there’s ever been an Autovac within a hundred miles of a Palmers pub.

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      1. I’ve no real opinion on cask breathers. McMullens pub were definitely excluded from some Hertfordshire branches GBG selections because of breathers in the ’90s, denying me the marvellous (at its best) AK. Though a pint selling so slow it needs a breather probably doesn’t warrant a GBG place.

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      2. But “a pint selling so slow it needs a breather” is probably selling so slowly because it’s been on for a week – or because the pub has several beers on when one or two is plenty – and a cask breather could improve the quality such that the cask sells in two or three days.

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  1. “You’ll recognise the next place;”

    Kinda ‘hard’ to miss a dongle that big!

    “As you’ll know, the dongle is the spanner in his right hand ”

    I thought ‘dongle’ was some sort of IT hardware, that can get you fired if you joke about it out loud.

    “Been here, lovely”

    Or, as some would say… ‘tree’-mendous! 😉

    “The actual Giant”

    I can tell by that big blue thing pointing upwards where is says ‘cask marque’.

    “some with pashminas from Pimlico delighted explaining the Giant to their Peters and Patsys.”

    I’m awed by your adroit use of alliteration. 🙂

    “Always my favourite, except when they dawdle by the entrance.”

    Argh! Don’t get me started! I always wind up behind that lot when I’m shopping for stuff for the lunch truck!

    “Remember February 2020 ?”

    Yes! We went to Edmonton for our grandson’s first birthday; then came home to… this. (sigh)

    “No, I didn’t sit on the giant dongle to increase my fertility.”

    Blimey! That would have done you for procreation for good!

    Cheers

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