AN UNWISE PLUM PORTER AT THE SHEFFIELD TAP

That’s the problem with station bars. They’re the first thing you see when you get off the train after a session.

And can you really walk past a pub that has a spare table at the moment if #YouLovePubs ?

ALL THE PUBS IN SHEFFIELD ON FOOT No. 9 – The Sheffield Tap

Why is it that every UK pub garden is kitted out with German brewing livery ? Does it come from the same Wrexham factory that makes Bass mirrors ?

The famous Tap has been packed every time I’ve walked past the station since the 12th, with plenty of those irritating lone drinkers (like me) that occupy a table for four. Pubs much prefer the group of six that makes multiple bookings and then stays at home as it gets a bit nippy.

The service here, again, was exemplary.

“Hello, what are you looking for today ? We have a pale, a bitter, a Plum Por

“Plum Porter please”

It was the usual well-kept tap pint, but I regretted it almost immediately. Always drink 3 litres of water between every half pint, folks.

I’ve had enough of gardens; I want to go inside where it’s warm and cosy and I can hear conversations about “watching Modern Family again” without straining.

I want to see people in suits queueing at a bar to buy their own pint, and spill it on the way back to their table.

And I want it NOW.

15 thoughts on “AN UNWISE PLUM PORTER AT THE SHEFFIELD TAP

  1. One of the best garden experiences I’ve had since April 12th is the two visits to the DEYA brewery in Chelt, drinking cold fizzy craft at trestle tables in view of stainless fermenters, and that’s something I wouldn’t have predicted.

    Generally speaking, drinking beer at a brewery is my least favourite ‘pub’ experience, but the fact is when you’re confined to the garden it hardly matters whether it’s a heritage boozer or a bus shelter, it’s drinking beer in a garden!

    Incidentally, the DEYA tap has one (1) cask beer on (though sadly not Doom), which makes it an almost certain pre-emptive tick.

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    1. You’re right, the actual pub matters less when you’re outside. I rather fancy some of those “under-the-arches” places like Beer Nouveau.

      DEYA make good beer, I’ve found. I do need to revisit Cheltenham soon if I can find a place to leave my campervan.

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      1. The Tap’s on an Industrial Estate, probably already a couple of burnt out caravans there, who’s to know…

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  2. Station bars, Titanic Plum Porter, from 9am.
    Yes, platform 1 of Stoke on Trent railway station must be the highlight of your visits to the Potteries.

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  3. “AN UNWISE PLUM PORTER AT THE SHEFFIELD TAP”

    I avoided this post all yesterday as the title scared me away!
    (plus, I had some ‘things’ on the go)

    “That’s the problem with station bars. They’re the first thing you see when you get off the train after a session.”

    Ah. I’m sensing the Plum Porter was fine… but you weren’t. 😉

    “And can you really walk past a pub that has a spare table at the moment if #YouLovePubs ?”

    The plot thickens.

    “Does it come from the same Wrexham factory that makes Bass mirrors ?”

    Pfft. It’s merely shipped to the factory. Practically everything is made in China first. 🙂

    “Pubs much prefer the group of six that makes multiple bookings and then stays at home as it gets a bit nippy.”

    Do you have to provide a non-returnable deposit when you book? 😉

    “Hello, what are you looking for today ? We have a pale, a bitter, a Plum Por…“

    “Plum Porter please”

    (slow golf clap)

    “Always drink 3 litres of water between every half pint, folks.”

    I dunno. That sounds like some sort of weird Roman torture.

    “And I want it NOW.”

    Good things come to he who waits.
    ( or so the saying goes) 😉

    Cheers

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