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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.


The First of 2021

23/05/2021 Leave a comment

So the first Saturday Beano of the year and what has changed. First The Queens Hotel is no longer a Wetherspoon’s Pub and it’s no longer a pub either. I’m not sure that rentable workspace ala We Work is the way forward but I wish them well. Secondly, no Pubs or Coffee Shops are open before 08:00, not even the Costa Coffee at the station. All the pubs are sign in but they all accept walk ups. In my case it was the John Wallace Linton, Pen & Wig and The Newport Tiny Rebel bar. The Harbour Fish Bar still provides the best chips in Newport and ordering of drinking in pubs is much easier with a Smartphone. Whatever your age may be. The good news was that it didn’t rain. So glad to be back Beanoing.


It Ended With The Blues

05/12/2020 Leave a comment
So the pubs close at 18:00 on Friday (mostly) without a vote and ignoring the science. Safer in the pub than in work.  Prebooked into Bubs with a sour tap takeover from Cascade Brewing (Oregon). So Costa, with points. The Central Bar with a Scottish Cask Ale. Poundland for cheap Christmas lights. The Head of Steam for a live Untappd Sherbet. Then Bubs, where Stevie Ray Vaughan was playing when I arrived.
Superb, safe afternoon with a little Classic Rock as well. Probably the last Emergency Beano of 2020. Rained.

Beer and Genius

29/11/2020 Leave a comment
There was rain, lots of rain. A RTA on the way to the Station and a Coffee and a Bacon Roll in Costa. The Central Bar for The Saturday Wrap. Then off to the Apple Store. Cardiff rather packed with Christmas Shopper. Also packed with Rugby Fans. Managed to get into The Old Arcade where I was informed there wasn’t Cask Brains Dark since the first Lockdown.
And next door into Bubs Cardiff. A prebooked three hour slot and some awesome ales. Web App to the fore. I wonder how the non announcement, announcement will affect them.

While I Still Can

26/11/2020 Leave a comment
It was the last day of my June Beano, you know the one that was deferred until November. Later buses and better weather. Costa now do seat delivery. The Central Bar is now plexiglass central and who knew that the Queen’s Valults opens at 10:00.
It is also just across the corner from BrrwDog Cardiff. Nice app and web app. Lots of issues with my password, however once in it became sour Monday. There is a Monday discount along with my equity for punks discount. Some samples out of the blue and it was a great Monday. Now let’s hope Mr Drakeford doesn’t do a Mr Johnson!

Cold Pubs and Buses

21/11/2020 Leave a comment
It’s the little things that matter, like being on the 50 bus, travelling towards Newport in the dark. Costa Coffee and Bacon Rolls and sitting in the corner in Pubs. Some things are still different, Pubs and Buses are cold, doors and windows are off to provide fresh, non stagnant air. Places open later because more people are working from home and there are less frequent buses and trains.
Christmas trees are be put up all over and our leaders are deciding what the actual cost will be.  Me I just thankful for Beanoing.

Safer In The Lion

19/11/2020 Leave a comment

Train delays that this time did not work in my favour. Lot’s of weather but relatively mild for November. You can’t beat a Costa Coffee Bacon roll and that plus a Cappuccino is a great start to the day. Another Spoons, another sign in. NHS or fill it in yourself, I choose the later. The rest was app based. Almost came away with a raffle ticket for a Big, Big Ted but didn’t.

Off to the best back street boozer I know. The Golden Lion in Glebe Street. Sign yourself in time. I actuality drank a lager but in my defense it was rather Germanic. Elsewhere, unforeseen circumstances.

Red Sky and Email Bookings

17/11/2020 Leave a comment

Signalling problems then led to me a chancing a train I thought I wasn’t going to get. Lots of red sky in the morning and everyone was wearing a mask. First Coffee and Bacon Roll at Costa since I had the car serviced back in August. Lovely aromas. The Gatekeeper didn’t seem to have much of anything in terms of drinks, probably worried about another Fire Break. Also the same issue with the app as in The Queens Hotel. Still nice and relaxing.

Dropped a booking email to Bubs (ex Beelzebubs, ex Small Bar) to book a table for 12:00. I was there on the dot. Very well run, very secure and an awesome range of beers. must return. Pity about the rain.

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