13th December 2022.
We didn’t let the snow interrupt our travel plans,
but the latest rail strike meant we’d have to drive down to London for our annual End of the Road Christmas Party, via an overnight stop to complete Rutland for GBG23 (calm down, it’s only one new pub each year).
We arrived in Uppingham, first time since just before Lockdown 2, still wondering what Don Paddy’s is,
and how on earth The Vaults has made the GBG.
Well, good beer quality of course, but let’s face it;
Did you really expect a pub with a beer range as well-known as that to make the Guide in 2022 ?
“We are a drinks only pub” says the website from which I nicked the photo above, and it’s a quite a shock to enter a smart Rutland pub without a greeter and a menu on the table.
Though there is a “Reserved for Poncho” sign on the next table, in a wet pub. Poncho sounds like a main character in “Narcos Mexico”.
The young staff wear starched uniforms and have to fix the till before they take my money, and the smart customers watch greyhound racing on the telly. It’s all rather quaint.
Your 1990s beer range is more than welcome, and my Pedi is a cool, sulphuric and foamy NBSS 3, so I won’t have a word said about Rutland CAMRA,
especially after they picked the even more basic Exeter Arms for the Guide in 2020.
I bet this old Ansells pub was good when it was a pub, whenever that was.
Much to her chagrin, I made Mrs RM walk the 300 yards west past the public school towards our curry house.
Red Indiia is spelt with two “i”s, oddly, and has a Captain Kirk and a Crutchley’s on the menu, which we obviously pick,
and it’s excellent, even if Curry Heute has no opinion (check for yourselves).
Poppadoms, two specials, special rice and peshwari naan for £33.20, a bargain. It’s Bring Your Own booze, we have tap water.
One downside to Bring Your Own. The local rugby club are holding their Christmas dinner and are incredibly boorish (“So, Gibbo, that’s Mike Gibson”) and incredibly sweary, like in one of Chelmsford’s industrial strength boozers.
I feel for the staff and hope they get a good tip at least.