So, as I was saying, I left Chippenham 2 (or 1+) ticks to the good, and returned to Swindon for an early night blogging.
Except it was only 19:30, and how often do you find yourself in Swindon at 19:30 with a bed for the night paid for ?
I really wanted an Arkells but the railway pub looked too modernised, and empty to chance a pint of 3B. Where do you do for a pint of Arkells 3B these days ?
So I headed down to the railway village for a first visit to the Glue Pot in 15 years (that’s a complete guess, but 100% correct).
What a glorious looking pub, unchanged since I first saw it on a stormy night before a Swindon v Cambridge United game in 2003.
I love a pub which treasures its GBG stickers.
All of the Hop Back pubs are gorgeous, aren’t they ? Aren’t they ?
How could I resist a pint of Summer Lightning in late October ?
Dunno, but I did, possibly since it’s the Cider Pub of the Year, and joined the cider headz on the Hecks Kingston Black.
In 1784 there was a schism in the GBG ticking factions as a rebel group led by “The Pubmeister” declared that a real cider wouldn’t count as a tick in a pub which also served cask. I don’t hold with that, but then I’d had the Hop Back before so I was safe anyway.
Whatever, it was gorgeous (NCSS 3.5+), and the mix of custom in the Glue Pot remains a joy.
OK, time for a kebab.
NB If there are any children reading, it’s best not to mix beer and cider, and certainly not Mango Lassi and cider.