Enough of closed pubs, cold Costa coffee and crispy Chinese; it’s time for Bass !
My first Bass of 2021, my first since the St. John in fact, and it was a classic.
Earl Shilton in “Workingman’s” Leicestershire* is classic Bass territory, and the Shilton Vaults I actually WALKED PAST in 2019 is sister pub to Hinckley’s Pestle & Mortar, another Bass-serving classic.
Just look at that bar; Abbot, Bass and a Plum Porter vase. There’s other beers, but of course there really aren’t.
“Bass please. And a cob” I bark out as I pass through to the garden.
The landlady (?) is a gem, making the visit safe but unfussy.
I like the way the Old Boy who fell asleep here after too much Bass in March 2020 has been left in situ until May 17th.
In this five week period of uncertain opening times, uncertain weather and huge variation in outdoor areas, the Vaults has a wonderful outdoor area where I’m joined by a young drinker sneaking off from family duties for a pint of Lilley’s.
We talk stuck-up pubs and fussy pubs locally (I’ve never been in them but I feel obliged to venture an opinion anyway), and the merits of Lilley’s v Weston v Strongbow.
But then the Bass and the cob/bap/barm turn up and I focus on the task at hand.
What can I say ?
Well, I should have had a packet of Cheese & Onion crisps with the bap to make it a balanced meal and bring the price to just over a fiver.
Honestly, this was a Top 10 pint. Wickingman will supply the tasting notes that Beer Twitter expects.
I refer you to the clarity of my p(o)int, and the lacings.
Nice Bass loos, too.