I know you’ve been patiently waiting for an obscure B.A. Robertson reference (especially Scott), and there it is.
Pub No. 2 on the Norn Iron Tickaton, and the first one actually in the Guide.
It’s the White Horse in Saintfield (pop. 3,381), which looks promising when framed by bodies of water either side on the map,
but turns out to be a dull High Street with interpretative panels.
It’s an Irish equivalent of Long Sutton, which is an obscure reference for my lone Norfolk reader.
H & J. McRobert looks like one of those keg heritage pubs that are brutal but enjoyable,
but our GBG pub is the smart(er) gastropub,
with a solitary drinker at the bar, which we’re ushered away from in the cause of “table service“.
When our “server” isn’t looking I nip back to prove the existence of cask, otherwise there is NO way anyone would no it exists and order it.
I’d just had the keg Hilden Headless Dog (crisp, tasty, chilled), so I compared it with the cask (tasteless, not chilled)’ the keg won by a landslide.
Sorry, I’m a life member leech, kick me out and save your £14 a year.
It’s a restaurant, not a pub, but a very good one.
In fact, pub food in Northern Ireland is, in our experience, the best in the UK.
Seafood chowder with soda bread and Bang Bang chicken, the unofficial national dish, seriously impressive and tasty and they don’t show the calories so there isn’t any.
But the music. Mumford & Sons, this lot,
and Foreigner. Are they taking the mick or trying to scare off customers.
But then just as we’re about to leave, they play this, and I forgive them, a bit.
But only a bit.