An exciting Wednesday saw a sustained assault on the Beer Guide pubs of West Wiltshire, though how any trip that comes within 3 miles of Bath’s Star and doesn’t pop in for Bass can be considered a success is debatable.

I very nearly ventured from Bath to the Hope & Anchor in Midford last month, but a) it involved a bus journey getting there and b) it involved a bus journey back.

My GBG newbie is on the Sustrans route and offers sweeping views to bucolic Trowbridge (not pictured).

Despite the sign, the pub is nowhere near the sea, which counts as misleading dispense on CAMRA Discourse.

The car park looked full, but it seems the Easter hordes were just using it for walks rather than the pub, which was empty. It was only 11:50, mind; not everyone has our vigour.

More debatable colour schemes in a place set out for eating,

in sharp contrast to this painting from its golden days as a boozer.

Still three handpumps on the bar, but only one in use, serving that well-known beer from Westbury.

Just because it’s the only beer doesn’t mean it’s going to taste any good, a watery 2 I reckon.

But pubs are rarely about real ale these days. The WiFi is working,

the hardworking barman is efficient, and the Polish dumplings is the best thing I eat all week. It’s the last Pierogi, too, so Mrs RM has to have ham, egg and chips and nick my dumplings for research purposes.

At 12:15 there’s just us. By 12:30 there’s a dozen other diners, most of them frightfully posh gentlefolk who remember each others normal drinks orders. Who has a “normal” drinks order ?

“Ice. No Lemon ! You know Mr Jenkinson TOO well !“.

It’s so naff it’s great, a bit like the soundtrack of low level soul and jazz.

Is that ELO in that montage ?


      1. I must admit to never having heard of them and that’s despite Stafford having had quite a large Polish population all my life.

        Liked by 3 people

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