And so to my penultimate North Yorkshire tick for GBG22, in peculiar Pickering.
The final one, God willing, will be the Slaters Arms in Bradley near Skipton. Fire up the welcoming committee with the Barry Manilow soundtrack.
The Black Swan is a quality pub with good beer, but I’m afraid it’s also a little case study in how difficult it is to pin down opening times in 2022.
This is what 1) the Good Beer Guide App and also 2) What Pub tells you;
Sounds promising, but we don’t believe that, do we. Let’s check 3) Facebook, generally the most reliable of a pub’s social meia.
OK, can live with that. Just don’t turn up Thursday or before.
So I turned up at 14:45, pennies in hand, and saw 4) the sign pinned Martin Luther-like to the door.
Another hour ! That scuppered all my plans. Just to be sure, I checked the 5) Website.
Well, they’re not quite the same as the note on the door, either, with a later start on Saturday.
Who knows. I’d have to leave before opening, anyway. In misery, I popped in NOSH for a cheese and pickle sandwich and crisps (NC&PS&CSS 3.5), which can lift the heart of any ticker.
And then, just as I was heading for home, I noticed a 6) Blackboard had been put outside the Black Swan, announcing a 3pm opening.
Late redemption !
Quirky, friendly, light lounge jazz (whatever that is) and with a quality bit of home brew (3.5). Though EVERYONE else was after the Praha, of course.
On the way out, a lady across the street saw me taking a photo of the opening times for my fellow pub goers and shouted “Can I help you ?”. Yes, by having consistent opening times information, I nearly said.