Trent Bridge was a bit chaotic after the chaos of the England v New Zealand test.
Best hide in the nearest GBG pub for a while and then catch a late train, eh ?
Nottingham and neighbouring West Bridgford is a bit dull for GBG pubs these days, but Castle Rock do a decent line in unfussy post match boozers.
The Stratford Haven has been in the Guide as long as anyone and is perfect for anyone happy to stand with a pint discussing run rates.
I always go for the Preservation, and it’s always OK without quite reaching the heights (NBSS 4.5) of my pint in the Bread & Bitter a decade ago.
To be honest, I don’t do high tables
But the atmosphere was euphoric, and I worked out if I ran for the 18:52 I could sneak a half and still be back in Sheffield for tea (dripping on toast).
And who can resist a 6.9% blueberry, cherry and honeycomb stout from Left Handed Giant ?
Well not me, and it was marvellous, if only for the reminder that you should NEVER run for a train with a tummy full of keg fizz.
Particularly if it’s on platform 4 at Nottingham, approximately half a mile from the station entrance.