You rejoin me at Battersea Power Station tube, where I’ve ticked four Good Beer Guide pubs in two hours* and completed a lovely section of GBG pinking.
My next tick would involve either a long and complex set of journeys to Hanwell, or to Bexleyheath, neither of which appealed. I’d peaked too soon, and had a BIG GIG that night at King’s Cross.
So I slowed the pace down and settled on ticking a straggler in the North and a bit of tourism.
Yes, I jumped out at Charing Cross for the first time since that terrible day last November when pubs closed for a second time and we wondered if we’d ever be allowed out again. Great beer in the Princess of Wales that day, mind.
I actually contemplated Champagne Charlies with it’s Davy’s Wallop in pewter tankards or whatever,
before regaining sanity and doing what I’d considered a year ago and revisiting the Ship & Shovell for the first time since Badger was cutting-edge (1873, possibly).
Never mind that, let’s just enjoy a Proper London Pub.
It wasn’t packed,
But it was a glorious melting pot of London life, with young folk drinking in the alley, some German tourists and a group of older mates up in The Smoke for a
cultural afternoon bender. Lots of mobile phone calls about “letting the cat out for a pee” and “putting the shepherds pie in the microwave” may have been instructions to school children returning home in Barking.
As I observed before, quieter pubs aren’t great long-term but do mean bar staff have more time to chat to customers and frankly that’s a wonderful thing. 2021 is the year that London pubs came into their own.
My first pint of Tanglefoot for at least 25 years was less than £4 due to a 25% weekday deal, and was a cool, rich NBSS 3. You’d have enjoyed it, perhaps had another because the banter was good, even if it wasn’t the peak pint on your trip.
It slipped out of the Guide a few years back, and the Harp is mere minutes away, but I can’t think of a better way to waste an hour contemplating life’s big questions. Like “Did I come in THIS side or the other one back in 2001 ?”
*only halves, I’m no animal !