Right, I found my mouse, I may have (temporarily) fixed the boiler, I need to catch up on the posts. Here’s the last one from Cologne.
4th November 2022.
This is the Paffgen brewery tap, on the western edge of the city. Ron said “beware hipsters”, but all we saw were tourists pushing suitcases.
Ron also says walk it, so you must walk it, took us 20 minutes from the Dom.
It was bang in the middle of lunchtime on a Friday, would we get a seat ?
Well, yes, but seemingly only just. Cologne was heaving on our visit.
Let’s get straight to the video showing the delivery of the wooden barrel of Kolsch.
Wow. Imagine Doom Bar being delivered like that in a Craft Union pub. Those hipsters would go crazy for it.
I thought the Kolsch was gorgeous, but almost irrelevant to any view of the Paffgen tap.
Honestly, you’d come here just to visit the loos.
Please don’t ask me what this machine dispenses. Probably chastity belts.
Every inch of this place is a marvel, reminding me weirdly of Rennie Mackintosh.
Throughout our stay the phone rang in the little cubicle in the corner. It was a ring you hadn’t heard since soap operas of the 1970s. “The phone has a CORD” said Mrs RM, astonished.
We admired the cosiness, the efficiency, the friendliness of the Kobe.
We wondered if ANYONE dared order anything other than beer. Just then, someone DID order a soft drink. Mind, he was about five years old, and even Germans don’t serve beer to toddlers.
Our last meal, our first Schnitzel of the trip. Honestly, this is living, alright.
A perfect end to 3 nights in Cologne, but I’m glad no-one was keeping a tally of those marks on the beer mats.
But was it better than Lommi’s ?
Like comparing the Marble Arch with the Hare & Hounds, I’d say.