One of the undiscussed risks of pub ticking is that of “ticking the wrong pub”. Amber Valley Mark had the excellent idea (I think it’s copywrite) of adding postcodes to his spreadsheets, but where’s the fun in that.
I knew my second Bristol pub was called the Shakespeare and was close to King Street and the Harbourside and claimed to be ancient, so from Left Handed Giant I set off the wrong way there.
Oh, this is an ancient Shakespeare,
but there’s no little sticker. I checked What Pub (top pic)and found there were four named after Bill, and then had to check on the GBG app to make sure the one I wanted was in Prince Street.
The stroll takes you through King Street, Brizzle’s craft central, which looks quieter than usual,
despite the rebirth of the Llandoger Trow, which I now read has twenty-eight taps. 28 !
My target looks the part, but there’s Greene King livery,
and I didn’t think Greene King pubs were allowed in the Guide, so how has it made it;
But be glad it has, because there’s a nice collection of cask, craft in cans, and a really great welcome.
How often do I say the staff are great, effortlessly dealing with the two sides of the bar and being welcoming to the foreign tourists and remembering my half a pint of Cheddar Gorge.
“Didn’t I just pour you a Cheddar ?“
“That was for the chap round the other side; that’s why I had it as well”.
Mmm, cool and chewy. NBSS 3.5 I think.
Lots of big menus say “Food”, and it’s ticking over decently on a Thursday with fish and chip orders, but there’s still space for the Old Boy on the bench seating to shout into his phone about “struggling to get the lead up” and “You know what serfdom is. S.E.R.F.D.O.M. Ask Jimmy Carter” (I’m not making it up), before scuttling out to his mobility scooter at the front.
I’ve just noticed the pub’s claim about age claims 1722, which if my maths are correct is later than 1616 but since I was born in 1964 (22 December) I can’t believe anything that old anyway.
The sound of budgies in the distance may have affected my judgement, or perhaps it was The Cure,
but I scratched out that 3.5 on my NBSS parchment and wrote in NBSS 4.
One day I will remember to send all these NBSS scores off.