“THIS is what beer should taste like, son”

“I’m famished” said Matt. Yes, it would have been a good idea to eat before starting a session.

But as Pub Curmudgeon has noted before, Stockport is a bit lacking in culinary options (particularly on a Monday with the outside dining only restrictions), and top cafe Where The Light Gets In was unexpectedly closed following the riot caused by Cookie and Mudgie demanding extra chips.

So we tried the Arden Arms, another Mudgie favourite whose reputation for quality pub food goes back decades.

We’d noted a long queue just before noon, but at 1.20 it looked our best bet.

And 10 minutes later we were in.

And 10 minutes later we were seated in their gorgeous courtyard in the sun. Life is Sweet, as someone once sang.

Now I can tell you the service was friendly and efficient, those fish and chips (with bread and butter !) very well cooked, and the other customers unpretentious and incapable of ridicule.

But actually, it was the beer that won the day for the Arden. ONE sip of the Unicorn, cool, crisp and luscious and I remembered how good the Robbies flagship (or is it Dizzy Blonde ?) can be. The glass helps.

This, THIS is what beer should taste like” I said to Matt. He nodded in the way you nod at anyone on their 5th pint*.

In fact, the only downer was having to sit through Enrique Iglesias’s “Hero” (he’s no Julio), and the regret that I couldn’t sit inside at this corner table.

But honestly, this was beer worth travelling from the States for, let alone Sheffield.

*I actually phoned him up the next night to apologise for that display. “You’re retired” he said.

19 thoughts on ““THIS is what beer should taste like, son”

  1. Great stuff Martin – what exactly was the first meal meant to be? Were you actually served that somewhere?

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    1. And they have made the Arden less self-consciously “gastro” than it had been in the last couple of years of the previous licensees.

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  2. I’ve had lovely turkey sandwiches in the Arden Arms ( and a pint of Old Tom last time I was in )
    I remember when proper pubs didn’t sell chips because they took the head off the beer but, firstly, that was before tight sparklers made any beer look ‘good’ and, secondly, it wouldn’t have that effect outside the pub.

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  3. ““THIS is what beer should taste like, son””

    With that comma, I can’t help but read that as the beer tasting like Matt’s… sweat? 😉

    “Yes, it would have been a good idea to eat before starting a session.”

    Words to live by.

    “and top cafe Where The Light Gets In was unexpectedly closed following the riot caused by Cookie and Mudgie demanding extra chips.”

    That’s it with the white roll down door thingy on the right.

    “So we tried the Arden Arms, another Mudgie favourite whose reputation for quality pub food goes back decades.”

    Hopefully that’s not a sample of their cuisine in the photo above.

    “And 10 minutes later we were in.”

    Huzzah!

    “And 10 minutes later we were seated in their gorgeous courtyard in the sun.”

    Did you have to wait another 10 minutes as well inside?

    “and the other customers unpretentious and incapable of ridicule.”

    I’m sure BRAPA could’ve found something to comment on. 😉

    “and I remembered how good the Robbies flagship (or is it Dizzy Blonde ?) can be”

    Probably the Unicorn. That was their first public house back in 1838. Besides, Dizzy Blonde is too unwoke. 😉

    “He nodded in the way you nod at anyone on their 5th pint*.”

    (slow golf clap)

    “and the regret that I couldn’t sit inside at this corner table.”

    Soon good sir.

    “*I actually phoned him up the next night to apologise for that display. “You’re retired” he said.

    Brilliant! 🙂

    Cheers

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      1. A sample of their food? Blimey!

        As for Duncan’s repast, I’m guessing he pulled a Si and brought it in himself. 😉

        Cheers

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  4. You know you are “oop North ” when the fish & chops comes with bread & butter -but what is the green stuff -samphire ? (rather small portion of mushys too ! )

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    1. I would like to have been there to see that, Mark.

      My impression of American drinkers is that you’re legless after one bottle of Bud, but you can drink a bottle of Bourbon and 20 shots and be fine.

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      1. That night my friend and I ended up at The Castle in Macclesfield was a 5-pint evening, I think, if not 6! Ah, memories….

        I’ve never been a big fan of whisky, I must say; closest I can get to really enjoying it is in the form of a whisky sour or some other such drink.

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