RESILIENCE PAYS OFF IN HAUGH OF URR

A penultimate tick in Dumfries & Galloway, and a second visit to the Laurie Arms in a year. “Stewarty Pub of the Year 2022” says What Pub, adding to my geographical confusion.

Almost nothing to say about Haugh apart from there’s a pub but no shops, so here’s some apples.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure the Laurie was going to open at lunchtime, and there wasn’t a queue of gentlefolk for me to beat to the door,

but it was a wonderfully little place, run by a cheery and resilient landlady who told me how they’d survived the multiple lockdowns and restrictions and innovations, a common tale across pubs these last 2 years.

Lovely bench seating, well used by local CAMRA (“Folk come here for the beer” she said),

and it’s the first pub in many a year with a beer list OUTSIDE the door.

I told her the Twa Dugs was superb, and it was (a cool 3.5), and she seemed genuinely pleased rather than bemused, and I felt guilty at ever doubting the quality of cask in Scotland.

CAMRA awards will flow, though the Woke Society may have more reservations…

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