Moving on from Westbury, take a look at how green West Wilts is ?
The towns of Melksham, Calne and Westbury are a bit plain, but villages like Bratton and Erlestoke are stunning, and of course you get your very own White Horse.
Disappointingly, we’d pitched up on a day with a “y” in it so the micro in Melksham was closed, but Seend Cleeve’s misleadingly named Brewery Inn was open,
and looked lovely on a perfect Spring evening.
I’d been to Seend before in 2016, but forgot how to pronounce it. Something like Siobahn, I guess.
The Brewery iInn s a pleasant all-rounder, not too foodie, not too boozy.
The plastic container at the bar looks like it contains artisan soap, but it’s actually Hollychoc tiffin (untried, I was leaving it for Blackpool Jane).
They’ve got Otter and a Locale on, so it’s an easy choice. After Bass that Otter glass is my favourite.
The Otter is cool but nothing special (2.5/3), which is frankly how I’ll feel about nearly all the beer in the week ahead, but again the pub is lively and alive, with much talk of building control at the bar.
In the proper seats, four other blokes my age discussed the fixtures in the White Horse League (Div IIb). Duncan has been to ALL the grounds in that League.
A family wanting early tea turned up and eyed my large table, always a sign to finish a pint far too quickly and head for the loo.
Nice loo, too.
“But DID you touch it, Retired Martin ?” you ask. I plead the 5th.