Another Tuesday afternoon in town started in a famous one, Ye Cracke:
Always a pleasant place for a nice drink, this, with a surprising lack of tourists today. I relaxed in one of the larger rooms and enjoyed my ale.
Just a few yards down the road is the Pilgrim:
Once I was served the young lady busied herself putting up Hallowe'en decorations. Too early in my opinion, but not as bad as the Brook in Cambridge where I grumbled to the barman about their decorations the week before last.
No one came and no one left... - No, let's not do that again. A bit lacking in atmosphere, of course, with no-one in, but I bet it's fun on a Friday night. I can't recall if I've ever done it at a busy time, I vaguely recall a dispute about short measures a very long time ago.
Just a short walk to the Grapes, just to take a picture because whatpub says it doesn't open until later:
My recollection of this place from 2016 could be summed up as "Great ale, bit of a dump". They've changed one of those and kept the other - Yes, it's now great ale in a very pleasant pub. And they've knocked through into next door creating a comfortable space.
I ordered a pint of Loch Fyne "Jarl or Yarl, however it's pronounced". The landlord/barman didn't know either. Either way, it was gorgeous.
Just a few other customers, their chatting at the counter mixing with the music.
Now for a complete contrast, in to Brewdog:
It's always a bit risky, I think, to get advice from the barman, but my half of 8.2% Sink the Pink, from German brewers Brlo, was truly exceptional. It's got that sweet tang of a barley wine, with some fruity flavours as well.
Next, something else different again, Red Dog:
A rather well done food and drink place, with dark wood panelling, all modern I think, on two floors.
Totally deserted at five on a Tuesday, three staff and me!
No real ale of course, so I selected at random something called Wild River, which turned out to be brewed by Fullers and rather tasty.
The music mixed with the staff chatting, and fiddling with a wonky Magners font, eventually patched up with some sticky tape.
Pub of the day: The Grapes
Miles walked: 1.7