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Don’t Sit On The Power Switch

13/06/2021 Leave a comment

Don’t Sit On The Power Switch, if you are watching Wales in the Euros and it’s still the first half. I did and the projector went off. The staff and punters in Crafty Devil’s Penarth Cellar were not amused. I wasn’t too happy either. However it was a great sunny day. All of my drinks were uniques and Spoons (The Bears Head) had an excellent selection of cask ales. Chips and a Class 769 to take me there. Wales drew.


Cardiff Like Newport

06/06/2021 Leave a comment

Summer and a pleasant train journey into Cardiff. However The Queen Street Costa Coffee doesn’t open until 08:00 on a Saturday.  Things aren’t back to normal at all. Also, the cask selection in The Gatekeeper is minimal. Thankfully Bubs came to the rescue. The Finest of Ales, The Finest of Staff and some kick arse WiFi. No if I could only get them to open at 07:00 and do Bacon Rolls. You can dream, can’t you?


Belgian Practise Needed

31/05/2021 Leave a comment

Well this video is all over the place. A mixture of poor memory and overdoing it on the finest of Belgian Ales. That and spending way too much time in The Tripel B Belgian Cafe. However very good times and The Bacon Baguette was first class. Finishing off in The Plough was awesome put I was far too intoxicated and sleepy.


The Barman Calls His Mother Dude

31/05/2021 Leave a comment

The first Mini Beano after the 2021 lockdown. Worcester after a M40 stop at Michaelwood North. Lots of Coffee and Bacon and AM drizzle.  Everyone and their mother gets called Dude in the Hop Lords. A new craft bar and warm afternoon sun. Life is looking much better.


Double Take Curry Thursday

27/05/2021 Leave a comment

Overdoing it on the chip front on Curry Thursday in The Tumble Inn, Pontypridd.

It’s The Little Things That Matter

25/05/2021 Leave a comment

Like will the bus be on time or will it even turn up? Will it hammer down with rain? Will I have enough things to moan about? So, dry and the bus was on time.

Newport was, well mostly closed before 08:00, still repairing the fire damage and minus one Spoons. The Queens Hotel. I will miss it.

With only one Wetherspoon in the City Centre, The John Wallace Linton, that now is the earliest to open and that is at 08:00. All the coffee Shops are 08:00 too. Still not back to whatever normal.

And so to Breakfast. BrewDog and Bacon seemed to hit the mark. Ordered on the app and I didn’t go for any sauces. Full disclosure, I am a BrewDog shareholder.

And it wouldn’t be me with out a tech failure. Here’s a tip, if the app says the beer is out of stock but you can see it in the fridge. Always go with your eyes. Still AB InBev.

Next was the Pen & Wig, Newport edition. Great welcome and a LocAle brew that became a 1K tweet, which for me is rather good. Good to be back on the cask. CAMRA member after all.

You can’t just have Fine Ales even if it is a Welsh Cake Stout. You need chips and you need chips from the Harbour Fish Bar. By the way it nearer to the Railway Station than it is to any Harbour. Always a good weather discussion going on there too.

Had a booking for Tiny Rebel Newport and I was sadly 10 minutes late. No problem and because I was a single booking I was put in the corner next to the power, my favourite spot.

Ordering was either via waiting staff or via a table QR code which tales you to an ordering website. Second tip of the day, the table number is written on the side of the hand sanitiser bottle. He’s the cream of the crop an 8.0% ABV Apricot and Vanilla IPA.

Little things win out

Hello Again Curry Thursday

20/05/2021 Leave a comment

If there is one thing this post COVID world has brought, it is condiment sachets. Which for someone like me who likes to drown their food in Vinegar, it’s a massive step backwards. It’s not easy asking for 15 sachets of Vinegar and still getting a little respect. So off to Aldi and purchase a small bottle of Bramwells Malt Vinegar. No Non Brewed Condiment for me.

And the weather is all day rain, so maybe a little longer in Spoons and also to test out the any drink as an addition. Hazy Jane even, maybe?

I have a Spoons Gift card, so it’s flag down a server and ask them to order via their Android tablet. I just hope that I won’t go viral. And don’t start me on that. I would have just put my hand up as a server passed, if I didn’t have a smart phone. #YMMV

Tip of the day: Don’t try to check in on the Wetherspoons App until you are on WiFi.

The rain has kept most of the punters away and despite not ordering on the app, it doesn’t support gift cards. I was off straight way.

And in case you are wondering the 660ml bottles of Hazy Jane are not included in the meal deal. Pints of Doombar, are of course in.

Quick inquiry about Mango Chutney and out it came in one of those little waxed paper containers. Happy days are certainly back again.

And now I want a snooze. Nothing has really changed…

Back Indoors

17/05/2021 Leave a comment

Back Indoors

Monday May 17 2021 and it’s back indoors and not straight through and out into the Carpark in The Tumble Inn. Although as it is called

Not very secret and more like the carpark. Although when the wind dropped and it didn’t rain it really was rather pleasant and the staff were real troopers. I wonder it the secret garden will still be open as I’m not sure where the 314 will all go?

Time to go in. Still there is Covid security in place. Me, I’m more of an app punter. Got there early and it was already full with pushchairs and babies already awaiting entry.

The World shortage of beers is already showing up. Had to exchange a Camden Hells for a BrewDog Elvis Juice.

And before you ask the Secret Garden is still open should you wish to sit out side. Also while we were all siting outside Hard Seltzer became a thing. Strange times indeed.

And to end on a positive note, Steak Tuesday and Curry Thursday are back. Getting there.

The End Of Sport

15/03/2020 Leave a comment

There is only so much software you can reinstall before you need an emergency beano. Emergency being the term of the day as most Football and the Wales v Scotland game were cancelled. Lot’s of Kilts in Penarth. Good Beano though.

Best On Your Own

15/03/2020 Leave a comment

You get to an age and birthdays just become an excuse, an excuse to do what you want ans with me it’s to Beano. Born in Newport, Beano in Newport and to make it perfect, it rained.

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