LASAGNE v MOUSSAKA

Along with Bedfordshire, Northants is a bit of a doddle to do each year.

The odd estate pub putting on some microbrew, a village pub going gastro, perhaps a micro in a town you’d assumed would never trouble the GBG scorers again..

In 2021 that town is Wellingborough.

Pub ticking teaches you many things; when to stop drinking, the importance of going for the last beer pulled, and urban geography.

But I had NO idea that Welly (as no-one calls it) had grown so big, so fast.

Less than an hour from London on the train, it’s 50,000 + residents are now grace with a SECOND micropub. A reminder; Carluke doesn’t have any.

Quite why it took so long for the Little R’ale House (I see what you did there) to make the Guide is anyone’s guess, but the CAMRA Woke Investigations Committee chaired by BRAPA may have had some issues with this;

There’s two main challenges to the pub ticker this year (apart from the lack of station loos);

Will pubs be open ?

If they’re open, will they have space for you ?

The Little R’ale House at the station was full with all of six drinkers, but opportunely a chap was just leaving as I dawdled at the hand wash.

I sat down, quickly. Great view. And pretty terrific pint from Severn Brewing. Not that I could see the pumps (Grrrr).

You’ll know my views on micros. You can feel like a leper, ignored by the drinking club. To join the conversation you have to make your move early to join the club, acknowledging a witty remark, providing a weather forecast, or asking a question about micropubs. I did all three.

The conversation turned, inexplicably, to moussaka and how it differs from lasagne. Burnt aubergine, apparently. At least they weren’t talking about hops.

The couple running it were lovely, and I guess when commuter traffic eventually returns it’ll be quite busy by 6pm, so go now.

Luckily, my next GBG pub was a decent walk into town, through Wellingborough’s green suburbia towards the a dull shopping centre with JUST enough green and timber to spark the interest. Ye Golden Lion looked a bit forlorn.

but the Spoons was still mopping up the mobility scooter trade.

Believe it or not, the next pub wasn’t a micro, Ember Inn OR gastro. How rare will that be in GBG21 ?

10 thoughts on “LASAGNE v MOUSSAKA

  1. I like the Little R’Ale a lot, and usually break my journey back from Bedford to: 1) Avoid the hell of the replacement bus service, and 2) Enjoy a pint of Elgoods Dark Mild in the sunshine of the cable drum themed beer garden/platform. I love the way there’s a constantly changing array of ‘guest customers’ like ourselves, as well as a remarkably regular set of locals for a station buffet.

    It’s just possible that they fell foul of a few too many tepid pints during summer months, the beer is gravity and the cask cooling was rudimentary early on. I’ve never had a ‘bad’ pint there, but I’ve frequently had one that didn’t refresh as it should on a hot day.

    This and the equally excellent Little Ale are let down only in my book by sticking resolutely to what their bleedin’ customers want (the very thought!) and serving a small but ever-changing range of fairly traditional local bitters, though there’s always a dark which is what I go for.

    They also had an impressive range of trad games, including a Dartboard (I think they even had a team in the local league at one point), before COVID banned competitive pleasure of any kind and the toys had to be put away…

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  2. “Quite why it took so long for the Little R’ale House (I see what you did there) to make the Guide is anyone’s guess”

    They didn’t bribe the right CAMRA execs?*
    * (hat tip to Paul Bailey) 😉

    “but the CAMRA Woke Investigations Committee chaired by BRAPA may have had some issues with this;”

    Good lord! Having the engine # be 666? Blasphemy!

    “If they’re open, will they have space for you ?”

    I’m seriously starting to thing that pub blogging will have to become virtual this year.

    “Not that I could see the pumps (Grrrr).”

    I still don’t quite get what that’s all about. What’s wrong with getting close to the bar? (with a mask on of course!)

    “The conversation turned, inexplicably, to moussaka and how it differs from lasagne.”

    You mean, aside from spelling and the lack of meat?

    “and I guess when commuter traffic eventually returns it’ll be quite busy by 6pm, so go now.”

    Also, hurry and do it before Nov 5th?

    “Ye Golden Lion looked a bit forlorn.”

    Boarded up I see. In preparation for Nov 3rd? 😉

    “but the Spoons was still mopping up the mobility scooter trade.”

    Pftt. They probably put that there themselves to pull in the customers. 🙂

    “How rare will that be in GBG21 ?”

    Will there even be a GBG21? (sigh)

    Cheers

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