My first destination was the Royal Hotel:
There was almost no-one in the comfortable lounge at 3pm, with just a little conversation under the muzak. I sat in a leather armchair and enjoyed my pint.
On to another tick that's not a pub - Bar Bodega:
The four other customers nibbled food while I relaxed on a comfortable leather sofa and enjoyed my ale.
Next, a proper pub at last, the Raven:
The tellys were showing snooker but I don't suppose anyone was taking any notice. (Do we really need to see the player picking his nose, I wonder?) Actually, I quite enjoyed watching the snooker, improved by the lack of commentary, while I drank my Guinness.
On to the Four Ashes:
Finally, the Trap & Hatch:
Unlike the Ashes there were a number of customers (and well behaved dogs) in this one, I'm not sure what they're doing different, perhaps it's just the location on the main shopping street as opposed to "round the corner". All the customers, except me of course, seemed to know the staff.
Now I'm asking questions, I never thought I'd ask them before
Like "why" or "how" or "what am I doing it for?"
[Ray Davies - Return To Waterloo]