“Time for a Spoons in Ards before we check-in to Bangor, Mrs RM ?”
Do Ards, and there’s only 3 (plus Donaghadee just in case it restores cask) left to do and I can pink in the whole of N.I. !
Why not, it’s on the way, we’ve never been to Ards/Newtownards/N’ards and there are obviously few things better than a run-down Spoons to lift the soul.
Now, I didn’t have high hopes for Ards, think Chatteris or Atherton and you’re in the right territory.
The aerial shot does it few favours,
but at ground level, amid the drizzle, I do at least find some startling fonts for Matthew Lawrenson,
and some pub tiling for all of you.
I think Harp is a Brew Dog craft beer,
Anyway, 3 things to bring you here;
1.Bunelos donuts (not tested).
2. Street art centred on Rodin’s masterpiece, something to do with the town’s role in dispute resolution.
3. The aforementioned Spoons, which is a corker.
Gentlefolk dominate, their orders Old Speckled Hen, Bells and San Miguel.
A better choice than some English Spoons, and all at that “priced to sell” £2.10.
The barman was cheery and chatty and highly amused I gave him £1.10 for a half; I think he would have chased me to Bangor (N.I.) with that 5p change.
Several pints were pulled, mostly the Speckly Hen, interestingly (or perhaps not).
But was it any good ?; my previous experience of real ale in Spoons was catastrophic, beer so bad you’d NEVER drink cask again. In Ballymena, the young chap actually did say “It’s real ale, it’s supposed to taste like that”.
Well, Whitewater Maggie’s Leap it was splendid; (very) cool and chewy (NBSS 3+). Let the lacings reveal.
If I said it was in the top three (3) drops of cask on the trip you might imagine I was damning it with faint praise. And you’d be right.