The last stop on the Swedish leg of our trip was to the lovely university town of Lund, near Malmo. The impressive cathedral provides a central focal point together with Lena Lervik’s SkyddsmantelMadonnan (2015).
Apart from a rather fine bakery the other attraction is the John Bull, an Abro Brewery pub that pursues a Scandinavian tradition of recreating English style pubs. This trend has reversed in recent years as the craft beer bars popular in this part of the world have become familiar sights across many UK towns and cities.
The John Bull had Fuller’s London Pride and ESB on hand pump, both served at a very low temperature that did not permit the beer to be tasted at its best. And yes that is Brain’s Welsh Black on the left of the picture. These beers were popular choices on my visit at the usual premium prices. Fuller’s export to over 60 countries so there is clearly a big international demand for their products.
My visit was too brief to join in the bonhomie around the bar as a night across the bridge in Copenhagen beckoned with Martin Taylor, necessitating the arrangement of further bank loans on both our parts.