My second Harrogate tick (there’s 11 in the new GBG) was arguably pointless.
The Tap on Tower Street was in the Guide as a Tap & Spile a decade or so ago so those who abide by the Paisley Pronouncements on Pubbing would consider it ticked.
But I’d paid for my train ticket, fancied a walk, and couldn’t actually remember the Tap as a Tap, so why not revisit ?
I get to bring you pictures of shop floors,
the Montpelier Quarter,
and this famous sculpture of a young BRAPA being caught taking a leak at Harrogate train station.
but otherwise was an exemplary all-rounder.
Friendly welcome, “Mr Blue Sky“, tight beer range (Old Rosie the only reminder of Tap & Spile* days),
and that gloriously foamy pint of Landlord (NBSS 3.5) I missed at the Tim Taylors pub.
A shame there weren’t more folk in to enjoy ELO and these lacings,
but I guess the call of Betty’s is still strong.
Betty’s doesn’t have the Tap’s range of craft cans, its ironic ’70s soundtrack, or its Games Room.
Looks like a branch of Games Workshop, doesn’t it ? The last game I played was Monopoly. In 1984. At Crimbo.
*Only two left according to What Pub, in Birmingham and just north of Durham.