Day off + Stag travel

I took the day off on Friday so that Esther and I could spend a bit of time together before I went away for the weekend. Later that day, I’d be travelling down to Somerset via Wycombe so we went in the general direction of Marylebone for a wander.

Pint No. 153

What? – Birrificio, Angelo Poretti

Where? – Alfies’s Antiques Cafe, Marylebone

When? – Friday 1st June 2018

When we got to the area we fired up Dojo to see if there was anywhere of interest to have some brunch. It was kinda slim pickings, but one thing that did stand out was a cafe on top of an antiques shop. The food was a bit shat but they did beer on tap and it was a beer I’d not had before.

The whole place was basically sponsored by Birrificio Angelo Poretti so naturally that’s what I went for. Esther described it as holiday beer and that’s basically spot on. It’s bloody refreshing and quite fizzy but perfect for cutting through a bit of a muggy day. Despite the fact that it’s essentially a standard lager, I really enjoyed this one.

Overall Score: 3.5/5

Moving on from the rooftop, we had a walk around St. John’s Wood and I fan-boyed Lord’s Cricket Ground for a bit. Then, needing the toilet and some further refreshment, we headed back closer to Marylebone Station and found a pub.

Pint No. 154

What? – Big Hug, Hibernation White IPA

Where? – The Royal Oak, Marylebone

When? – Friday 1st June 2018

I ordered a pint of Hibernation White IPA by Big Hug Brewing. It’s a fairly nice pint initially but it took it’s toll by the end. It’s got a really bitter aftertaste, quite citrusy and fresh at the front.

It was nicely carbonated without being too gassy, though I didn’t go too much on the smell. Whilst we were having our drink, we got the news that our friends Louis and Louisa had gotten engaged. The pint became a toast.

Overall Score: 3/5

After the beer, I headed off for Marylebone to catch my train to High Wycombe. It’s a super smooth journey and I wandered over to get picked up by James Lee about 40 minutes later. We took a trip over to his new house and I was given a tour (spoiler alert, it’s really nice), went to collect Murray and Bone and then got on our way down to Somerset.

One thing we didn’t factor in was that James’ car decided it was going to have a shit fit. We drove the whole way with the engine warning light on scared to stop anyway. Bone really needed a piss though so we eventually had to pull into a services. Fortunately this meant that I could also pick up some fermented supplies.

Pint No. 155

What? – Kona, Longboard

Where? – James Lee’s Car, M5

When? – Friday 1st June 2018

I went into Marks & Spencers in the services and found a Longboard Island Lager by Kona Brewing from Hawaii. It’s very smooth and easy to drink if unremarkable. In the circumstances I was glad to have it but I probably wouldn’t ever crack onto it again if I saw it in a pub/bar.

Overall Score: 2/5.

When we got to Moffat’s house in Bridgwater for the Stag, he’d prepared us a cracking peanut butter chicken meal to keep the wolf from the door.

Pint No. 156

What? – Wychwood, Hobgoblin Gold

Where? – Moff’s House, Bridgwater

When? – Friday 1st June 2018

To wash that down I had a pint of Hobgoblin Gold from Wychwood Brewery. This actually pared well with the food. Hobgoblin Gold, as you’d expect poured a golden colour with a nice head and a decent flavour profile.

Overall Score: 3.5/5.

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