“ANGIE, OH ANGIE, WON’T YOU OPEN UP YOUR MICRO FOR ME”

BRAPA is a hero of mine, up there with Tony Wilson and Kate Nicholls of UK Hospitality and Mrs RM.

But I do burn with envy when he gets whole days of successful marking up of the Guide; 6 (six) new GBG pubs within walking distance of each other in London.

My own ticking days can be more frustrating, as I whined to Si and Dunc on Friday;

What sort of idiot drives 3 hours for a half of Marston’s EPA just so he can mark out a Gloucester micropub?

This is Angie’s, a small bar in an alley just off Gloucester’s main drag.

After two failures to tick Angie’s just before Lockdown, and complete silence on social media, Wednesday saw my third attempt after Angie herself welcomed us back. It ended badly;

Poor Angie. I hope she’s better.

But I will NOT be defeated as easily, and after a phone call to a bloke who may have been Angie for all I know, made another attempt two days later.

They’d made a statue of me at St Peter’s Catholic church, looking all stoical.

I love Gloucester these days. Some great pubs have emerged among the shadows of the Cathedral, and the city itself was noticeably busier than central Manchester.

Would it be fourth time lucky ? The sign was out, always a good, er, sign.

Grief it’s tiny. But they’d somehow managed to keep the tables safely apart, well done “Angie”.

Proper beers, too.

Well, one of them, anyway. The two lads who beat me in both had the Mango IPA, which was a “brave” and “interesting” choice.

Look at my lovely foamy EPA.

Music came from The Four Lads, The Stranglers, and some ’70s disco SO obscure that “What’s That Song Called ?” said “What’s that !”.

It was a bit wonderful.

The two other beer tourists started to slag off Doom Bar, right in front of the President of National Doom Bar Day (me), claiming it was now brewed in Burtonwood. I tried to join the debate, but it’s hard when you can’t wander over and shout “Doom Bar is an artisanal beer from Cornwall” so I probably came over as a prat, not for the first time that week.

The guy with a hat, who seemed to be in charge, confirmed that despite minor inconveniences you could still talk total bollocks in Angie’s which is as good a marker of a Proper Pub as I’ve heard.

“All the best, Martin” said the bloke who’d taken my details, possibly sending them on to the Doom Bar Fan Correction Police, which was a lovely touch after a week of “Sirs” and “Mr Taylors”

Gloucester just gets better and better.

12 thoughts on ““ANGIE, OH ANGIE, WON’T YOU OPEN UP YOUR MICRO FOR ME”

  1. I assume Jennings are making reference to the pencil museum on the glass there!

    Your determination to get that tick is to be applauded. Watch it drop out of the new GBG…

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    1. Leon,
      Yes, there’s Fine Line (contemporary keg, 4.0% ABV) – a premium Pale Ale contemporary keg inspired by the discovery of graphite in Cumbria in the 1500’s that led to the invention of the pencil.
      And also Atomic Theory (cask, 3.8% ABV) -an IPA named after Cumbrian Scientist John Dalton who advanced the understanding on composition of matter with his Atomic Theory.
      And Night Vision renamed from ‘Jennings Bitter’ (cask, 3.5% ABV) – Distinct amber ale named after Cockermouth laying claim to be one of the first towns in Britain to have piloted electric lighting.

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  2. Exactly the sort of dedication that has turned elite level pub ticking from a minority hobby of doubtful origins to a ‘taster’ event at the 2034 Commonwealth Games in Nairobi. It would only be fitting if they ask you to open the games by quaffing a third of Doom Bar before ceremonially tipping the rest into a huge marble plant pot decorated with a picture of Kip Keino in gold leaf.

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  3. “What sort of idiot drives 3 hours for a half of Marston’s EPA just so he can mark out a Gloucester micropub? “

    There’s only one idiot I know of like that. 😉

    “just off Gloucester’s main drag.”

    Gloucester has secondary cross-dresser areas?

    “They’d made a statue of me at St Peter’s Catholic church, looking all stoical.”

    Although I’ve only seen reflected shots of you in windows, your nose isn’t that big.

    “But they’d somehow managed to keep the tables safely apart”

    Provided no one sits at them?

    “The two lads who beat me in both had the Mango IPA”

    Wait. An IPA at 5%? Pull the other one!

    “claiming it was now brewed in Burtonwood”

    I thought almost every beer was being brewed elsewhere these days.

    “Gloucester just gets better and better.”

    Except the way tourists pronounce it? 😉

    Cheers

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