A Day in the Life of a Pub Ticker

This day started at 05.30 and involved driving over 600 miles through snow and heavy rain to get four ticks in the Good Beer Guide. Any psychiatrists present?

The first pub took over seven hours to reach, after which the sight of a Greene King sign is enough to turn anyone into a gibbering fool or a serial killer.

The Running Stream in Weybourne, Surrey continued to apply its own brand of psychological warfare with a cart full of plastic flowers and reindeer.

But inside it was welcoming, warm and doing a thriving retired diner lunchtime trade. As usual, no sign of GK’s tasty cask mild whilst the Abbot weighs in too heavily when driving. The Ruddles, even in modern-day form, was a better alternative than GK IPA and served in good condition.

That was Surrey tidied up for another year so on to Winchester next and yes, another Greene King pub.

The Queen Inn has only a 50% tie to Greene King however, so is free to stock other beers. From a wide selection including some on gravity, I had a local Broken Bridge Forbidden Fruit (4%). Described as a grapefruit pale, it was a quenching, well balanced beer. It didn’t taste like drinking fruit juice which some beers of this style can.

I like it when a pub keeps its old signs.

Despite the exterior The Angel in Andover was an altogether more basic establishment. And yet another Greene King house.

It looked like a former coaching inn with a courtyard now decorated with murals of Hogarth tribute characters.

The only beer on was Old Speckled Hen, served as good as it can be. The motability scooter count was one but with internal access. The landlady bought his drink over. It is often said in this part of Hampshire that a Saltire makes better viewing than the telly.

Only one other person was drinking cask but the rest were professional drinkers with the faces to prove

Andover is a workmanlike sort of town, one of few places to retain a Wimpy.

That finished Hampshire with one more tick needed to finish Wiltshire. The Shed Alehouse in Pewsey was lovely, built onto the front of a house and a genuine micropub.

Five beers were on – my 360 degrees Citra was very pleasant indeed. If I hadn’t been driving I would have had the Cosmic IPA (5%) from a micro brewery in Bristol.

Another three counties fall to the pink highlighter. Oh, the lunacy of it all.

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11 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Pub Ticker

  1. “Any psychiatrists present?”

    Heh. That could pretty much be true of 50% of the UK. The Brits are known for, um, eccentricity. 🙂

    “The first pub took over seven hours to reach, ”

    The good news is if you ever feel the urge to retire in Canada then northern British Columbia would be right up your alley. (I have relatives, on my wife’s side, who have to drive six hours to see a dentist or even a bank for some!)

    “Described as a grapefruit pale, it was a quenching, well balanced beer. It didn’t taste like drinking fruit juice which some beers of this style can.”

    Agree. I want a beer to taste like a beer, especially if its 6.5% or some such! That can get nasty if you’re drinking it like fruit juice! 😉

    “The motability scooter count was one but with internal access.”

    That reminds me; I was at a ‘pub’ in Parksville, BC on Tuesday and it two of the things outside. Forgot to mention that in a reply to one of Martin’s posts. (blush)

    “If I hadn’t been driving I would have had the Cosmic IPA (5%) from a micro brewery in Bristol.”

    On the bright side you lot are able to find places selling beer in good nick that’s 4% (or even under). Bit of a chore to do that over here in Canada (sigh).

    So, did you turn around and drive back or was this merely a stopover to finish off some more way out of town the next day?

    Cheers

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    1. Canada is on my wish list. Love the sound of all that space and the summer light. Sounds like there is plenty of beer choice too. After the last tick I headed 60 miles north to my Dad’s as he was having a cataract operation the next day (yesterday). Thanks for your interesting comments.

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      1. Was pretty sure you didn’t drive all the way home. 😉

        And cataract surgery. My fingers are crossed for you. My Mom had one eye done six years ago. She goes in for the other eye one this coming Tuesday.

        With regards to Canada, yup, big place (LOL). For the summer light you need to go way up north (i.e. the Yukon) in the summer (obviously!). In Whitehorse in July you can read the paper outside at midnight! And the beer choice is much better on the West Coast (biased, but only a little). Plus the West Coast has better scenery. 🙂

        Cheers

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      2. Dad’s op went well thanks. The other eye is getting done next month. Hope your mum’s goes well too. Will definitely take your advice if and when we get a Canadian trip organised.

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      3. “Dad’s op went well thanks. The other eye is getting done next month.”

        Good to hear. Mom’s first one didn’t go so well; hence the big delay.

        As to taking my advice; heck if you win the lottery look at flying to either Edmonton or Calgary, then doing the Rocky Mountaineer (through the Rockies):

        https://www.rockymountaineer.com

        Then fly up to the Yukon:

        https://www.travelyukon.com

        Cheers

        PS – full disclosure; one of my sisters-in-law is the MP for tourism up in the Yukon, but that didn’t sway my suggestion 🙂

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