Perhaps it was the effect of the 11.2% Imperial Brown Ale, but Paisley looked stunning as I set off in the mizzle to find the Northern Way, my last Greater Glasgow tick in GBG21, before a trip to St Mirren Park to see the Buddies smashed by Celtic.

All it lacks is a statue commemorating Duncan Mackay, legendary GBG ticker; there seems to be one for everyone else of note in town. Except Kelly Marie.

Bing Maps doesn’t recognise the names of half the pubs we visited, but stop (C) takes us over the river (is it really called “White Cart Water” ?) to my tick.

The Northern Way, clearly a rejected Level 42 song title, looked splendid.

but despite being 3 days before Christmas and having wall-to-wall sport and £2 pints it was quiet.

Which is why there were so many “reserved” signs on the tables at 6.15 pm.

Clearly I chose the Rocking Rudolph rather than the hidden house beer, clearly it was warm and indistinct (NBSS 1.5) and clearly the highlight was hearing “Emotional Rescue” by the Stones.

What’s this ?


Possibly my most disappointing ever final pint in a GBG county, but fun for all that, and as Duncan will know a tick’s a tick;


  1. I wondered why the sign outside advertises “social libations”, and having looked it up … a libation is a ritual pouring of a liquid, or grains such as rice, as an offering to a deity or spirit, or in memory of the dead. It was common in many religions of antiquity and continues to be offered in cultures today. … I’m still wondering!

    Was there a ritual pouring of Rocking Rudolph into a plant pot?

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s