Pubs - 6
Good Beer Guide Ticks - #624-626
Another day, another guide book. Exeter is detailed in this 1999 tome, although the beer scene has moved on considerably. I honestly can't even remember the Firkin chain, where the Fizgig and Firkin is no more.
|A lot can happen in 21 years|
With it being a Monday lunch in late Autumn, I'm sure that many of the 2022 Good Beer Guide entries will also be closed or opening at a time when we're not passing.
The best thing for me to do is to load the pubs from both books into Google Maps and see what we stumble upon when completing the Psycho-Geography that is Adventure Lab Caching. The final stage drops us off at the pretty quayside.
|That's the Topsham Brewery on the RHS - opens at 2pm. Its midday.|
A case of what we could have won, 2 hours too early for the Topsham Brewery. Never mind, we'll have a walk along the Exe to the Mill on the Exe - a functional St Austell Pub, where the staff wear jaunty sailor uniforms and they have Hicks on cask. A reminder from our trip to Cornwall this time last year, at the height of the ill-fated Tier System of lockdown.
|Functional. Nice Patio are over the Exe.|
|All the gang are here. And a little Gem.|
From there, Mrs M leaves me to go shopping. Dangerous stuff. I have a lot of inspiration and its pay-day tomorrow.
Unfortunately, the unfortunately named Fat Pig becomes my 2nd GBG fail after the Topsham Brewery. I checked Google Maps this morning and it said open at midday. A check whilst outside at 1pm shows the listing has been updated and it's now closed Mondays and Tuesday.
I swear they just wait for me to turn up at a new city and change the rules.
|Looked my sort of place|
|Now I am too early for an Ale Club|
|Marstons Sunbeam in lovely condition|
I finally get a non dubious GBG Tick at the Ship Inn. Its positioned down an alley near the cathedral that makes for an impossible photograph. The alley is too narrow. There are too many shoppers.