What music do they play in American
pubs bars ? Admittedly, there may be more than one type of US bar, just as there’s at least six distinct UK licensed premise.
In England, they mostly play mid ’80s or ’60s pop.
I couldn’t remember the last time I heard “One Better Day“, which now seems an overlooked classic.
Paignton is a bit of an overlooked classic too, but sadly on my rushed July trip I failed to add much to my post from six (6) years ago.
But at least I remembered the “g” in Paignton this time.
So excuse the dull photos, and enjoy the music, starting with the Conservative Club.
There’s more Cons Clubs than Arkells and Sam Smiths pubs combined in the Guide, which should tell you why you shouldn’t rely solely on the GBG. GBG tickers love clubs, particularly us despised CAMRA life Members who love getting our gold cards out of moth-eaten wallets in anticipation of a card check that never comes.
Paignton’s CC has bench seats rather than bingo tables, a mellow atmosphere and a cool Dartmoor Jail Ale (3) though Stella is the beer of choice.
and moves effortlessly from “Gimme Shelter” to “Living Doll“.
Hard to believe those two were released only 10 years apart.
Five minutes down the road, via about 27 small roads, the Torbay Inn is another addition to the growing number of unexpectedly basic boozers in the new Guide.
Some detractors would have you believe the GBG consists entirely of micros, brewery taps and “ale houses” only used by typical CAMRA members, but the Torbay again disproves that.
Pool, Hi-Vis, lager trade, bench seating round the walls, disappointing Tribute (2.5).
But time is a great healer, and so is Harold Melvin.
And within 10 minutes that Tribute had developed a rich character that had me amending my notes, which I shall be bequeathing to the nation (or Spoons museum) to a 3+.
That is the magic of music, or at least, time.