It’s a week since pubs re-opened in Tiers 1 and 2, presumably a Wetherspoons in Gorleston was first because the sun rises in the west.
As BRAPA was crying about the other day, pub-going in Tier 2, which as you’ll know constitutes the parts of the UK that can behave themselves, isn’t REALLY pub-going.
You should choose a pub to visit based on the quality of the mobility scooters outside, not the state of your stomach.
Actually, I haven’t seen a single mobility scooter outside any of the eight pubs I’ve managed this first week, which says it all.
Eight pubs. A Greene King diner, a Greene King community pub, a Vintage Inn, a Wetherpoons (report coming soon !), a Punch village boozer, an Enterprise village all-rounder, a microbrewery pizza pub, a rural free house.
Eight pubs making a go of it, while many in Tier 2 have decided it’s not worth the hassle/disinterest/extra staff cost. All of them safe, friendly and worth a trip, and with a decently priced “substantial meal” in all.
The good news is the beer so far has been fantastic, just as it was in those halcyon days after 4 July.
Nothing below NBSS 3.5, several pints falling into the “Wow, taste this, this is what real ale is all about !” category.
Fresh deliveries, clean lines, cool cellars, a smaller range of beers on the bar. It’s not hard.
Sadly, most of them far too quiet for Christmas month.
Frankly, folk don’t go to the pub for food. Many of us #PubMen actively dislike the look and smell of salad and chips next to our pint/half/third.
The sooner we get out of this, the better. Take the vaccine.