There is a sprinkling of places in London that have rarely troubled the Good Beer Guide, mainly because there are so few pubs in those locations. Some feel quite featureless to the casual visitor, mostly suburban houses punctuated by 1960’s shopping parades.
Northfields is one such area but now has the Owl and Pussycat, a tiny brewpub.
Listed under West Ealing in the Good Beer Guide, the well nigh microscopic 1.25 barrel brewery is sandwiched between the bar and the toilet.
The sink is so small that, unless you are Donald Trump, you have to wash one hand at a time.
There was a job going but Aidan and I fell woefully short of meeting the person spec. Sociable? Nah. Willing to learn and accept advice? Come on.
Marko Paulo is the name of the brewery supplying the pub. The 3.3% bitter was the pick of their beer on the day, carrying plenty of body for such a low gravity beer. The 5% Coal Porter also gained passmarks.
A bus to Hanwell next for the Dodo, another micropub down a side street.
There were rules, some of which are associated with the licence conditions, though conversation remains optional for now. And it had Tiny Rebel beer, which should never be declined and wasn’t.
A trio of micropubs was completed at the Hop & Vine in Ruislip where the day’s apparently foolish, though uncharacteristic policy of two pints in each pub was beginning to take its toll.
I had the Big Smoke Solaris (3.8%) but made no notes, recalling only that Aidan and the owner compared details of their respective trips to Patagonia or was it Swindon? The pub was busy and noisy and I couldn’t hear very well.
The next morning, drifting north west, the new entry in Colindale is a Spoons.
Not that one
The name, location and slightly tired aura indicate that this was one of the earlier Wetherspoons, opened in 1990 in a former Woolworth’s.
I contributed to the air of general fatigue after the exertions of the night before- matched by the beer, which wasn’t so much tired as on life support- but bravely ventured to Shoreditch to see how much I could pay for sour beer.