Sunday, 11 January 2015

A Good Pub

I was out with Salty Dog in Plymouth last night, on Mutley Plain actually.  Saying that  name is a cue for imitating that doggy snigger but I wasn't sure how to describe it in print.   So here's a link so that you can relive a classic kid's TV moment and have a giggle yourself.

We visited two excellent pubs and imbibed way more alcohol than government guidelines suggest.  It could account for the poorly head this morning.  So much for all my good intentions around a dry January to help the Reiki self healing process.  Anyway,  this is the first, The Hyde Park, a microbrewery and we then moved onto another favourite, The Fortescue.  It got me thinking about what makes a good pub.


  • There has to be good ale, not just that fizzy carbonated stuff.   An artisan cider or two is definitely expected too around these parts.
  • Delicious food to soak up the alcohol is very welcome indeed. It doesn't have to be anything fancy but home cooked is a gigantic plus.  Portions will be on the generous side.
  • Okay, it's acknowledged that the landlord has to make a buck or two but prices will not be eye wateringly expensive.
  • A decent boozer has friendly staff who'll have a chat when they're serving.  Smiles are an essential part of their uniform.
  • There will be a mixture of age groups.  If children are allowed, and  I'm not one of those Nazi mamas who insist they have to be, they should be welcomed with open arms.
  • All sorts of pub environments cut the mustard,  Olde worlde, chintzy, modern.  \No matter. What's important is that the place seems loved.
  • You'll be able to hear youself speak.  Music cannot be ill thought out piped nonsense
Pretty simple isn't it?  Apparently pubs are closing at an unprecendented rate throughout the land. Yet if the simple steps above are followed, it''s hard to see what could go wrong.  The ones we were in last night were packed.

7 comments:

  1. A good pub these days needs to be one where new customers are welcome...not one of those which resemble private clubs and all heads turn to view the newcomer (not in a good way!)

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    1. Absolutely. A warm welcome for all is de rigueur. x

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  2. I haven't been in a pub since I was on holiday last May, and even then we only went in for coffee. A huge number of pubs in our town have closed, but eating establishments and takeaway outlets seem to be opening up at a rate of knots.

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  3. and good bar snacks too, please. interesting (but not TOO expensive) crisps, and maybe something small to order from the menu. But good beer Definitely.

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    1. Oh that's another good one. Thanks for that! x

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  4. And not charging £3.50 for a coke when you're the one driving!
    Arilx

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    1. Blooming 'ell! Really? Name and shame girl! x

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