I hope you appreciate that pubs can be good despite average beer, or dreary despite exceptional ale.
These four ticks in West Wilts were a mix of all that makes pub visiting our national pastime (after whippet racing), but the Lock Inn Cafe tested the patience.
Bradford-on-Avon really is the Skipton of the South-West. A pretty place scarred by cars, without a classic recommendable pub.
And every year a brand new Guide pub completely different to the previous one that mysteriously drops into oblivion.
In 2022, it’s a canalside cafe.
With canoes on the wall.
And tables in boats.
But never mind that, what are the adverts like ?
Bicycles and soap. I’d have liked adverts for Bass and Palmers, but we were directed to a table by a waitress because “table service”.
“I just want a pint please !“
“Please sit down and I’ll bring you a menu“
“I just want a pint though !“
I really, really, HATE table service. But you knew that.
“Behave” said Mrs RM.
The soundtrack was Michael Buble and “Abracadabra“, the mark-up on halves was outrageous (a half was £3.25, a pint £4.95), the beer was fantastic.
It wasn’t Proper Job, it was Bath Gem, a cool, foamy NBSS 3.5. Beer of the trip.
“Shall we go for a walk in the drizzle along the canal footpath, Mrs RM ?”