“Please don’t make that handpump gesture”

In absolute honesty, that photo above is the first picture that came up when I searched for “pulling a pint of cask“.

And that warning was the EXACT words Mrs RM said to me at my latest unheralded suburban Sheffield pub 10 minutes from the Wednesday ground.

ALL THE PUBS IN SHEFFIELD ON FOOT No. 10 – The Anvil, Malin Bridge

Well, why not ? Everyone knows what the Fat Cat and Wellington and the Blake are like, but only TWO people have ever been in the Anvil and wrote about it.

Yes, it’s the Will & Alan Show for Pubs Galore. Will thought it “very smart”, Alan “fairly smart”, but both scored it 7/10.

A good mix of regulars and lovely staff, so I’m scoring it 7/10 too, though I’ve no idea what it’s like inside as we were politely escorted to the car park,

and the trip to the loo failed to yield a view of the handpumps.

Talking of which, when our server came and asked what we wanted;

“Any real ale, cask beer, han..”

“PLEASE don’t make that handpump gesture”

The server was already reeling off a list of….one. Bradfield Blonde, of course. I apologised anyway.

It took a while to come, what with Table Service and it being packed all, but we didn’t mind as it was raining hard by now and we like showing how tough we are.

As you can tell, the lone beer (is plenty etc) was splendidly conditioned, one of the best pints so far (NBSS 3.5). I will go back if they promise to stick to one beer.

With the rain lashing down, Mrs RM asked if we could take the tram from Malin Bridge to Primrose View.

Clearly I said NO, not only because it would have cost about £4.40 but more importantly it would have completely invalidated my claim that these trips to pubs are made entirely on foot.

And I know you expect me to maintain only the highest standards of propriety in these vital matters.

14 thoughts on ““Please don’t make that handpump gesture”

  1. It says a lot about people’s devotion to supporting pubs that during the pandemic they’re willing to sit in outdoor areas that, I gather, are nothing like the idyllic gardens that some pubs are lucky enough to have.

    I always imagined that a big part of the appeal of pubs, in the popular imagination, is the promise of a cozy indoor setting, well sheltered from the elements. So I’m thinking it’s a sign of devotion to keeping pubs alive that you’re seeing people sitting in car parks, as you said, enjoying nothing of that indoor atmosphere.

    Here’s hoping you’re not too far away the days of enjoying a pint inside a real pub!

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    1. It’s just over a week (Monday 17th May) till pubs re-open their doors, Mark, and I can’t wait to be sat in a cosy corner.

      In honesty, it’s been quite pleasant in the outdoors areas (bar the table service) but of course the media are only interested in reporting the odd days when it rains, just as you’re interested when I tip the beer in a plant pot ! I haven’t tipped any beer away yet.

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  2. Have just picked Mrs PBT’s up, after a meal plus a night out with the girls, at the Carpenter’s Arms, Three Elm Lane, Nr. Tonbridge.

    Car park rammed, and pub (garden) absolutely heaving, despite outside temperature of just 5 degrees! People are just pleased by the opportunity of catching up with friends and family, and those pubs that have gone out of their way to cater for them, are reaping the benefit.

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    1. Indeed people are delighted to be back, and all that negativity about the road map and re-opening seems a long way away, but then I am in Sheffield, and perhaps we’re all Pollyannas here.

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  3. “In absolute honesty, that photo above is the first picture that came up when I searched for “pulling a pint of cask“.”

    I tried it and got a photo on Pinterest of someone pulling a pint of ‘real cask ale’ at Laxton Hollow Brewing in Ohio. 😉

    “And that warning was the EXACT words Mrs RM said to me at my latest unheralded suburban Sheffield pub 10 minutes from the Wednesday ground.”

    (guffaw)

    “Yes, it’s the Will & Alan Show for Pubs Galore.”

    🙂

    “though I’ve no idea what it’s like inside as we were politely escorted to the car park,”

    (sigh)

    ““Any real ale, cask beer, han..”

    “PLEASE don’t make that handpump gesture””

    LOL

    “but we didn’t mind as it was raining hard by now and we like showing how tough we are.”

    We were like that our first day at Disneyworld with our lads back in the 90’s.

    “but more importantly it would have completely invalidated my claim that these trips to pubs are made entirely on foot.”

    Not to mention your profile where it says “doing long walks around UK and the world to record the great bits.” 😉

    Cheers!

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  4. It’s a bit like if you search pubs and Polzeath, you get that pic of Cameron – with his only ever pint.

    I wonder what Google is trying to do to us?

    Nigel prefers fine Burgundies, his private club tell us.

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      1. In their desperation for apparent familiarity with their hero, will his thralls eventually just call him “N” (pronounced “Nuh”) I wonder, Paul?

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      2. George Best left his son behind in a pub but at least he had the excuse of being pissed.

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