Loads of posts from (checks notes) Alton Towers, Wigan, Darwen, Bodfari, Cambridge, Bridport and Tonbridge to come, but here’s one from this very night, while I remember.
All the relevant points of interest there, including Pashmina Pauline Mansions (there’s a new GBG pub in Maidstone, must go).
I’ve mentioned Southborough’s Imperial (the ONLY real pub in town) before, but every time I visit there seems to have been another transformation. On my visits I end up driving so never get the chance to properly score the beer. This time we’re staying over in the spare bedroom as Mrs RM enjoys the in-laws internet, so I get an actual pint.
It looks properly pubby in the dark, and impressive earlier in the light. A top class transformation, says my father-in-law.
I’s really fancied a Spitfire, but felt oddly worried by the lone handpump with the Whitstable Bay clip turned round and a keg range saved only by Neck Oil. And what on earth is Spitfire Lager etc. etc.
Note the grim determination with which our casketeers approached their Spitfires, served in thin glass and resembling what I can only describe as “cold tea“. “It’s fine“ said a stoical mother-in-law, no doubt aware that the coveted “#PubMan of the Year” award is still up for grabs.
Mrs RM and I switched to Beavertown, which was very tasty but fizzier than you’d hope, and you can only spend so long rubbing a beer glass against your groin to warm it up before the Tunbridge Police get called.
It was all fine, great to chat in a pub rather than a house, their pizzas are REALLY good, and the staff are lovely.
But I really fancied something other than cold tea or fizzy craft, and the small fridge seemed to boast only Crabbies, Rekorderlig and Heineken 0.0.
What happened to pub fridges with exotica like Gold Label ? Or Sam Smiths fruit beers. Or Mackesons Milk Stout ?
While the Spencers slunk up the lane home, I popped in Southborough’s Tesco Express. A large bottle of Leffe, Doom Bar, or Proper Job. Blimey, Proper Job is overrated, but then drinking beer at home IS a mortal sin so I got what I deserved.
At least they had cheap chocolate buttons.