Or so they say. I took Harvey for a walk after lunch, intending to spend a few hours in the Midland to welcome in the New Year. When we got there it was closed, the lights were on but the lady across the road said they’d been left on all night.
So much for that then. Not wanting to have walked all the way to Elworth for nothing we crossed the station bridge and I had a couple of pints in the Fox. It was the first time I’d been in there for several years and I have to say the renovation job was a vast improvement. Wells’ Bombardier, well kept but nothing to write home about.
We then wandered into town, aiming for the Lower Chequer. Also closed. What is it with pubs these days? They moan when you don’t go in and shut when you want a pint. Disappointed but not downhearted we headed for the Swan. It was open. It had a fairly good crowd around the bar. They were all drinking lager. The bitter was past its best. I didn’t finish the pint, in fact I left most of it on the bar.
Next port of call was the Old Hall. Lovely warm welcome. Fantastic pint of the local stuff, Merlin’s Gold from Arclid, but at a price. £3.80, compared to the £2.50 I would have been paying for a pint of Citra if the Midland was open, ouch!
So that was it, my favourite session of the year is New Year’s Day lunchtime. What a pity my favourite pubs had decided that they were not going to bother opening, why should I bother going out of my way to spend money in them next time?
Better off at home with a couple of cheap supermarket bottles, despite anything Camra might tell you to the contrary.