THE PROBLEM WITH BEING A GBG COMPLETIST IS THAT YOU HAVE TO GO IN THE LINCOLN STONEGATE PUB

You left me in the Strugglers where a chap on his x-th pub had plonked down next to me to discuss, apropos of nothing, Sigmund Freud.

A dog dived into the intellectual’s bag (“He’s after my fricadella“); I feared for my plum bread and made a move.

Suddenly, Lincoln made perfect sense, but I was glad I would be leaving before the markets started.

Both the Strugglers and the Strait & Narrow had been “unprofessional activity” in the language of the ticker; pubs you didn’t need to visit to complete the Beer Guide.

A “professional” would have probably still had five ticks needed in Lincoln, or otherwise have had a half in the Bearcage and then taken a 2 hour bus ride out to Market Rasen or Market Deeping or somewhere equally godforsaken in search of another half.

I had no new Guide pubs open that day within easy distance; I just had 20 minutes to kill before the train home.

At the Guildhall,

I took a chance and let What Pub guide me to a “young people’s pub” with cask.

A bit like letting Blackpool Jane guide us into the Grosvenor in Manchester to enjoy Stella.

At the Mailbox, they’re playing “Wonderful Christmas Time“. In November (just).

Oh. What’s this ?

I bet you think I had the Doom Bar, don’tcha ?

Sorry to disappoint. The local microbrew Dark Ale would be the acid test of the cask here, and believe or not (and Will won’t) it’s a rich, tasty 3.5. Get it in the GBG and irk the purists.

A flying visit, but best check the loos as the ones on the Northern Rail trains are always out of order.

Yes, definitely a Stonegate.

3 thoughts on “THE PROBLEM WITH BEING A GBG COMPLETIST IS THAT YOU HAVE TO GO IN THE LINCOLN STONEGATE PUB

  1. Close your eyes and think of England. Im currently nestled up against the bar in the Blue Posts, Berwick street, Soho. No cask on, but still an absolute cracker.

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