STILL on Friday night, but only one of the recommended Hexham pubs in the Trailblazer Guide to Hadrian’s Wall left to do.
Of course, it’s the Spoons.
I know that love for the “People’s Pub Chain” isn’t universal, even amongst my esteemed readers. But you get a far better mix of folk in the Forum than you do in the local gastro, or the blokey boozer. And isn’t that what the CAMRAs want to see. Well, no, of course not; they want to see people like them.
It was 7pm on Friday night when we entered the Forum and while it wasn’t quite rammed, there was still a good hundred or so in and we were lucky to get a seat. I don’t know how much capacity has been reduced while Covid restrictions are in place, beyond the “no standing” at the bars or hanging from the pillars rules.
It’s a conversion of the old Roman forum, I guess. The beer range reflects AD122 tastes in beer, and the post-Heaventeenth tendency of Spoons to scrap those irritating local microbrews.
But that’s not the real story here. NEARLY ALL THE WINE HAD GONE !
I’d been planning to entertain you with a Fratton style mini bottle of Prosecco to end the evening in style, but all I saw was a row of SOLD OUTS on the App. Well done, Hexham.
So an Abbot (NBSS 3+) it was, a perfect accompaniment for the matchless cookie dough sandwich (NCDSSS 4.5).
Anyhow, the Forum rang with the joyous sound of drunk female laughter, their children playing the fruit machines, and Mrs RM made some comment about “the glass is smaller but the wine is fuller” that may be a metaphor for something.
Suddenly, into the first weekend of pubs being back, sort-of-normally, life felt great.