AN OTTER

No End of the Road Festival for me this year (sob), so no new weird Canadian Americana (?), no vegan murk, so trip along the Zig Zag road in our new campervan to tick Dorset pubs.

Pubs like the Blackmore Vale Inn at Marnhull, better known as “Rollivers” in Tess of the Du’rbervilles, a book only marginal longer than the latest BRAPA post (but less exciting).

I’d always thought “Rollivers” was a type of hot dog sold at the Etihad for a fiver, so consider myself informed.

I’d phoned the Blackmore earlier to attempt to find out if they’d shut just before I’d arrived.

Can you tell me your opening times please ?”

Who am I speaking to ?

I’m Martin. I wanted to visit your pub

Oh, OK then, I look forward to your visit, Martin

The Facebook page consisted entirely of adverts for live music,

so I checked again before my visit.

I like brevity.

It looked lovely in the setting sun (not the Jam LP).

One beer on, again, what a time to be alive !

I admired the Otter, Sheba was repulsed by my driving shoes. Sheba had her own portrait hanging in the bar. You can see it if you squint.

You’ll be wanting to drink that outside in the sun ?” said the Landlord, the way that a Scotsman says “You’ll have had your tea ?”.

Well, yeah, I guess so. Keep the London plague outside.

To be honest, I preferred the solitude to a chorus of “Jasper, NO ! Don’t lick the man” inside.

A nice cool, fruity Otter (NBSS 3), a beer and NBSS score more ubiquitous round these parts than a BRAPA post in which he gets inadvisably drunk.

How can Otter be so much better than Badger (not a euphemism, Russ).

17 thoughts on “AN OTTER

  1. Might I suggest that when a Yard of Ale glass is available as it is there (the original pub game), you could operate your own ‘Spill Beer Out To Help Out’ system. A full yard and everyone wins! You get a unique and hilarious (to the locals) drinking experience, the pub shifts more beer, your driving shoes get a bit of a wash, and ‘all’ the pot-based plants get a watering. A regulation Retired Martin half in the same glass brings many of the hilarious shoe-wash benefits for a fraction of the price.

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  2. I’m not sure what it is with Badger, but they seem to have lost their way in the beer stakes. First Gold and Tanglefoot can be good, and sometimes excellent, but the rest of the range is a very similar mix of BBB’s- boring brown bitters. Perhaps, better described as boring BLAND bitters!

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      1. Yes, McMullens, Hall and Woodhouse, Palmers – but it’s been a “neutral” stance on cask breathers since the AGM “in Coventry” 29 months ago.

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    1. Not had one in a pub for ages since they withdrew from the free trade, although IIRC they do have one or two in London. I shun the bottles too – I used to like Tanglefoot, but it seems a very poor, thin beer nowadays.

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      1. I used the Monkey Puzzle at Paddington last year but keep forgetting about the Ship and Shovel.
        And I was in their new Bath pub last year.

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      1. “Is there a book version of Finding Nemo ?”

        Yes, but to make it more agreeable to a wider audience (i.e. humans) they called it “Where’s Waldo”. 🙂

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  3. “No End of the Road Festival for me this year (sob)”

    For a second there I thought you were talking about LAF bowing out.

    “so no new weird Canadian Americana (?)”

    Weird? It’s only weird if it has wolverine or moose bits in it.

    “Pubs like the Blackmore Vale Inn at Marnhull,”

    You’re deliberately making the OS maps impossible to read, aren’t you? 😉

    “a book only marginal longer than the latest BRAPA post (but less exciting).”

    Whereas my comments are longer AND more exciting! 🙂

    “I’d always thought “Rollivers” was a type of hot dog sold at the Etihad for a fiver, so consider myself informed.”

    I thought Rollivers was Gulliver’s brother who went to Brobdingnag first, and was immediately squashed; which is why they were more careful with Gulliver. 🙂

    “Who am I speaking to ?“

    Why the bloody hell would they need to know who was calling?
    (oh, and it’s ‘whom’ for the person who asked) 🙂

    “One beer on, again, what a time to be alive !”

    I ‘otter’ reprimand you for saying that.

    “You can see it if you squint.

    Being held by the person with the leather jacket and fancy watch?

    “Keep the London plague outside.”

    I thought you were from Cambridge?

    “I preferred the solitude to a chorus of “Jasper, NO ! Don’t lick the man” inside.”

    Good use of apostrophes there. 😉

    “How can Otter be so much better than Badger (not a euphemism, Russ).”

    Sadly, I have some ‘acquaintances’ from my past who could impart good info on that.

    Cheers

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