The small band of hardy GBG tickers are the jolliest people you’ll ever meet, cheerful even when spending a day travelling to New Mills for a brewery tap (only open Monday and Tuesday evenings) that’s unexpectedly closed.
Our WhatsApp group is full of helpful tips on how to cadge a pint when your target pub is closed for a wake or 18th birthday party, and recommendations for a 7th pre-emptive micro on the Fylde.
I was surprised to hear how many folk had failed to get into the Seven Stars in Dartmouth.
It’s an historic pub “with rooms” in a Devon tourist hot spot, and you’d think the hardest part was walking back up the hill afterwards.
Gorgeous walk down to the harbour, by the way;
And what a view over to Kingswear, who I always assumed were a naff Britpop band.
It took a few seconds to locate as my GBG app went a bit haywire,
but there were two (2) entries to a bustling bar full of posh cricket fans, one of whom mis-identified “Move On Up” as being by Isaac Hayes and then attempted to hum along.
WRONG ! shorts bloke, it was The Jam.
I liked the Seven Stars, particularly the old beer mats on the wall, despite the melting candles on table inviting a disaster akin to the self-immolation at Turnpike Lane.
Shame the Hardknot IPA was a the weakest point, but 2.5 is OK.
So why has the Seven Stars caused tickers such angst ? Well, What Pub says open every day Noon-10pm, Facebook says “ALWAYS OPEN”, but the website says “Monday & Tuesday Closed for now”, and Google Maps reckons it’s closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Who would you trust ?