SITTING AT THE BAR AGAIN IN BLETCHLEY

More “recommended” pubs before the big launch of GBG21 on Thursday. I can’t wait.

While you count down the hours, here’s a report from one of the UK’s richest cities.

Honest, Milton Keynes is one of the great post-war British success stories, boosting replacement tyre sales by 33% in Buckinghamshire alone due to those roundabouts.

Nearly 300,000 souls, but just wait to see how many pubs are listed under “Milton Keynes” in the new GBG.

The next pub ISN’T a Milton Keynes entry in the new GBG, but it IS my first tick on the way to visiting every pub called “Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party”. Collecting Red Lions is so 2014.

The pub seems to be a homage to Rishi Sunak,

who is redistributing that silly Small Homebrew Tax Relief to proper brewers so they can sell Proper Beer to Spoons at sensible prices.

THAT’S what I call a beer festival.

Oddly, the prospect of 6X and Abbot Reserve for £1.69 hasn’t got them packing out the Bletchley Spoons at 10am.

Possibly folk are put off by all this new fangled technology they have to use to order their pint.

A dozen at most, with a few on tables along the bar. Yes, it’s a high table, but I’m not passing up the chance to actually see the pumps for the first time in months.

Of course, no-one else was allowed to visit the bar so the potential for comic moments was limited.

The barmaid is far too cheery to be a resident of MK; she’s probably from Newport Pagnell.

“Stiff Lip ? Who makes these funny ale names up ?”

Ha, yes, aren’t they daft ? What’s wrong with Best, or Bass, or Bad Kitty ?

There you go, my darling. Enjoy“.

I did. A cool, rich fruity Portobello worth 3.5, and a place in a future GBG I reckon.

Breakfast in Spoons used to be a given, but their reduced menus eschews Eggs Benedict in favour of variations on a fry up.

So I saved my hunger for the authentic looking Mo-G Turkish cafe. Dadly, it’s nothing to do with Jacob Rees Mogg.

If, for any reason, you have to come to Keynes, you must come here for the Classic Turkish Breakfast (£6.95), served with one simit to the accompaniment of “Ra Ra Rasputin” played on a lyre.

Where else can you go in Buckinghamshire to be served simit to the accompaniment of “Ra Ra Rasputin” played on a lyre ?

Yes, I spilt the honey down my fleece.

17 thoughts on “SITTING AT THE BAR AGAIN IN BLETCHLEY

  1. Even with the viewable pump clips, I’m astonished to read of you deliberately choosing to sit at a high table. Careful Martin, it is a very quick slippery slope from here to wearing pashminas.

    I reckon “Honey Down My Fleece” would make a good song title, though I can’t help thinking Russ will suggest it is a common euphemism for something incredibly smutty. 😉

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    1. “though I can’t help thinking Russ will suggest it is a common euphemism for something incredibly smutty”

      Pfft! I got all caught in the code stuff.
      (did something akin to that during my military years) 😉

      Cheers

      PS – Not EVERYTHING is smutty… I think. 🙂

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  2. In some quarters, “Eat out, to help out” is being blamed for the increase in virus cases. Rather unfairly in my view, but there’s a lot of finger pointing going on at the moment.

    Interesting to see a map of MK; a town that is home to several tech companies I’ve been obliged to visit in the past, but never wish to return to!

    Btw, is the GBG launch going to be virtual this year, with a hologram of Roger Protz waving a copy of the Guide in front of the camera?

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  3. I’m so late to the Turkish Breakfast thing, something I intend remedying asap, but please tell me there’s not Olives in one of those bowls! Olives is strictly a Dinner (Lunch) and Tea (Dinner/Supper) thing for me, I don’t think I could stomach one for Breakfast (Van Snack).

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  4. “Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party” is probably the most stupid name Tim’s come up with in forty years – but half of his “British Classics” are beers I would be very pleased to drink, that’s if I didn’t get the first one of the day.

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  5. Bletchley Park is very interesting. I promised to take my wife after we watched the film about Alan Turing. The site was chosen as it was easy to get to from Oxford and Cambridge.

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    1. It was the obvious site really, across the road from the railway station where the line between the two top universities crosses the busiest line to and from the capital.
      If Hitler couldn’t work that out it’s no surprise he lost the war.

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  6. “Honest, Milton Keynes is one of the great post-war British success stories,”

    I always get Milton Keynes mixed with either the same last name economist John Maynard Keynes, or the same first name economist Milton Freidman. 😉

    “Collecting Red Lions is so 2014.”

    I actually understood that… I think. 🙂

    “THAT’S what I call a beer festival.”

    Agreed!

    “Oddly, the prospect of 6X and Abbot Reserve for £1.69 hasn’t got them packing out the Bletchley Spoons at 10am.”

    Probably couldn’t figure out the ‘code’ to get in. 😉

    “Possibly folk are put off by all this new fangled technology they have to use to order their pint.”

    Pfft. Look, there’s 20 large circles at the top, so obviously each one represents one of the 20 classic British ales.

    “Stiff Lip ? Who makes these funny ale names up ?”

    That would be… bearded hipsters?

    “Dadly, it’s nothing to do with Jacob Rees Mogg.”

    ‘Sadly’ I think you’re right. 😉

    “Yes, I spilt the honey down my fleece.”

    That’s some sort of code, innit?
    (wink, wink; nudge, nudge) 🙂

    Cheers

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