Well, I forgot to write about the actual new GBG tick in Bedlington, so here’s the Box Wood Tap, at 15:59.
Yes, one minute before promised opening the shutters were down and I had an expression as worried as this fella. But with more clothes on.
Sometimes the promised opening time should be taken in the Italian manner, as merely indicative. Often it will be the time the owner of staff member arrives at the door to start preparing for opening.
But to the Box Wood’s credit the shutters then rose and at EXACTLY 4pm I was inside, admiring the (Blyth) spartaness of the interior.
Basic it may look, but it’s definitely the classiest new entry in Northumberland this year.
You can trust a pub with a cocktail glass full of chilli peppers, waiting for BRAPA to eat one after six pints.
I fear there may have been some beery conversation about Equinox hops and how Newcastle is impossible to keep up with before the first real punters turned up to claim the table under the Bedlington Terrier.
Who knows, it might even benefit from a dash of chilli. Anything goes round here.