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When I go out for the evening, I...

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Nick
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#1 Post by Nick » July 15th, 2010, 4:46 pm

...usually find some music to listen to. Last night, I heard one of my favourite local bands, Moveable Feast (whom I've mentioned before) at The Man of Kent in Rochester. Not only was the music good, but the pub has just won the Medway Camra Pub of the Year, so the beer's pretty good too. The pub prides itself on supplying local ales, English wines, lethal ciders, and exotic Belgian lagers and superior alternatives to Coke and Walkers crisps. I once heard a young oik ask for a pint of Fosters. "Certainly, out of the pub, down the road and turn left. You're bound to find a pub serving Fosters down there". :laughter:

Here's Robert the publican, with his wife, looking pleased with the whole occasion.
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SO what takes your fancy for a good evening out? Or maybe a good night in...?

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#2 Post by Alan C. » July 15th, 2010, 5:14 pm

A good night out for us is the community hall (it's all we have) with a local band playing traditional music, unfortunately the beer's crap; Tenants lager or McEwans export so I drink wine.
They used to stock all the Valhalla beers from Unst but for some reason these have a very short shelf life and as the hall is only open Fri, Sat, Sun, they were having to dump a lot so stopped selling them.

Congratulations to "your" mine hosts Nick.
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#3 Post by lewist » July 15th, 2010, 6:01 pm

Indeed, congratulations to your local, Nick. I had a very pleasant evening yesterday at my friend and neighbour Peter's. He is a really good cook, having been on Nick Nairn training weekends so the meal was yummy and we had two malt whisky experts. Me? I just drink the stuff, liking some better than others, but Stewart and Parmi are really into it. It was a mellow experience.

I'm also fond of our local pub, The Suie and its landlord, Mike, not to mention the Cairngorm Brewery Trade Winds they have on draught. The Sheepshagger in bottles is quite good too. :)
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#4 Post by ludite » July 15th, 2010, 6:11 pm

Nick do I see draft mild in the pic. My night out is usually a few pints of sharps doombar at the farmers arms. Not bad but I usually aviod the music nights.

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#5 Post by jamesjones950 » July 15th, 2010, 7:45 pm

A few pints of Giunness in Bertie's Bar in Dundrum, County Tipperary, in the company of my stepson and his wife and family, and the inevitable good old sing-song that always ensues.
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#6 Post by Ken H » July 15th, 2010, 8:29 pm

There is a small brewery with a pub in the nearby town of Dunedin, Florida (sister city to Stirling, Scotland) that we visit occasionally. They produce some pretty good ales and the pub food, although limited, is good too. There is live entertainment on some nights, but we usually skip that.

Dunedin High school has a bagpipe band and the town has an annual highland games competition in a nearby park. Dunedin is a picturesque town of about 37,000 with a Main street of small shops and individually owned restaurants. There is a jogging and biking trail that goes past the brewery and runs the length of the county. The brewery gets a lot of thirsty visitors from the trail!

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http://www.dunedinbrewery.com/
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#7 Post by Dave B » July 15th, 2010, 8:46 pm

You are lucky to have a "proper" pub within reach, Nick.

All my locals are, basically, sports bars - pool, big screens etc. There are places in Gloucester where there are no screens and the muzak is not too loud, but for a "proper" pub I have to get into the car and out into the country - no fun that.

I remember sampling some Kentish beers when I lived in SE London and one sister's in-laws lived in Sheerness.

Well done the hosts for getting the award, they must have found the right mix!
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#8 Post by Gottard » July 15th, 2010, 9:19 pm

Good Nick! I can't remember if you can drink "red beer" in the UK or is it just a southern Europe thing?! It's mildly sour and usually stronger.
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#9 Post by Nick » July 16th, 2010, 12:23 pm

What a boozy lot we are! It seems that all our best evenings are centred on the demon drink! :laughter:

Alan, I'm sorry to hear about your beer situation. I'd opt for the wine in such circumstances too. Presumably the've thought of having smaller quantities.... I expect it's not economical. Sad, but true.


Lewis, I have fond memories of a good evening or two at your house! I'm brushing up a new song or two for next time. :wink: I have trouble with whisky, though. I find it hard to distinguish from Fairy Liquid....

Ludite, that is indeed Mild on draught. Not common at all. They also had some apple ale the other night, but I didn't try it, I'm afraid. We get Doombar down south sometimes, and very nice it is too. And a west country beer called "Tribute", which is really excellent. You say you avoid the music. Is that because it is not to your taste, or you just prefer a bit of peace and quiet?

James, I have fond memories of drinking Guinness in Dublin and On the Dingle Peninsula, as well as lots of impromptu diddly-diddly music. Fantastic! I remember one small bar, cunningly combined with the post office. Maybe they just post their patrons home at the end of the evening....:wink:

"Now den! Would you be havin' a point o' Guinness?"

"Yes, please!"

"Would dat be a slow point or a fast point...?"

:puzzled: "Err... I'll have a slow pint, please.."

"Fer sure! Now den, would you be havin' a quick point. Jus' whoile yer waitin'...?"


Ken, I'll gcome back to you once I've looked at your link.

Dave, we have a fair few real ale pubs around, but we have lost maybe a dozen or more within a few miles in the last 3 or 4 years. There is quite a strong music tradition going on locally too, which is good. But I don't think you get that so much in towns when they just have to pull punters in any way they can.

Peneasy, I'm not quite sure what you mean by "red beer". (I assume it's not Watney's Red Barrel"!! Ugh!!) The Man of Kent doesn't serva any of the usual mass-market lagers, but they do serve a bewildering array of Belgian lagers, including cherry lager, which comes out red, besides other fruit lagers. Could that count as one or more of your "5 a day"? (That's recommended portions of fruit and veg.) Is that the sort of thing you had in mind?


By the way, you may or may not know the significance of the name. A 'Man of Kent' is one born south of the River Medway. I, being born north of the Medway, am a Kentish Man. It's important, y'know! :D

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#10 Post by ludite » July 16th, 2010, 3:11 pm

Yes we do all seem to like the demon drink most seem to be real ale fans ken you mention tribute that is a really excellent drop. Unfortunately the nearest pub to me that serves it is beyond my personal MSD( maximum staggering distance).In fact I applied for a job at the breweries distribution center a while back didn't get it unfortunately.

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#11 Post by Han83 » July 16th, 2010, 4:22 pm

A good evening out for me usually involves delicious food with my closest friends. Whether it's a meaty BBQ or an indulgent antipasti pick'n'mix. This should prepare us ripely for a tipple and a shake of our tail feathers in one of the local bars. To wind down, a whiskey or two and a game of backgammon and some late night rice and veg concoction should send us all to a peaceful slumber.

And to avoid abrupt endings we'll usually regroup the next day to discuss the evening over a dim sum lunch and a game of mah jong, a quick trip out to the Britons protection (which sells over 150 types of whyskey and some lovely ales.

A week night in my local kings arms (theatre and bands upstairs) cannot be beaten.

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#12 Post by Alan C. » July 16th, 2010, 5:18 pm

Han83, we used go to the Midland when my brother was living in a squat on Moss Side (late 60s) I wonder if it's still there?
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#13 Post by jamesjones950 » July 16th, 2010, 6:25 pm

Nick's mention of an Irish pub that was also the Post Office reminded me: There's one I saw in a town in Tipperary (Clonmel, I think) which was also the local undertakers! Handy if one drops dead at the bar, I suppose.
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#14 Post by Nick » July 16th, 2010, 9:41 pm

The Dudedin Brewery looks good, Ken. :D It looks as if there is life in the US beer industry after all. :)

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#15 Post by Gottard » July 16th, 2010, 9:48 pm

Nick, re.: Red beer (see link)
http://www.birramoretti.com/beers_la-rossa.htm
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#16 Post by Nick » July 16th, 2010, 10:33 pm

Oh! That's altogether different! 7.2% :shock: That's falling-over water! Does it taste good?

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#17 Post by Gottard » July 18th, 2010, 4:56 pm

Nick wrote:Oh! That's altogether different! 7.2% :shock: That's falling-over water! Does it taste good?
Very! ...and I had a pint yesterday evening over the lake Maggiore' scenery (30 DegC. at 21:00 local time) :dance:
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#18 Post by Marian » July 21st, 2010, 8:28 pm

appreciate that my mother is kind and gracious enough to make one night a week available (Wed) to look after Curtis Jr so that I might see the rest of the world...mainly from the pillion position on Sr's motorcycle. But now that I have my own licence, I'd better get a bigger bike. There's no way my little 250cc is going to keep up with the club bikes; they've all got 800cc bikes and up. :shock:
We usually ride as a large group somewhere north of the city and visit whatever Timmies (Tim Horton's is a coffee joint) is at the end. I swear the lead rider enters "Timmies" as his destination on his Tom Tom because that's always where we end up!)
Then we ride back to Toronto and stop off at the Goose and Firkin ("Irish" style pub). Although others drink beer, I won't ride with anyone who does because I value myself and my responsibilities too much.
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#19 Post by Dave B » July 21st, 2010, 8:34 pm

Goose and Firkin ("Irish" style pub)
There is/was a pub of that name in London, one of "Bruce's Brewery" chain (had a micro brewery in the back of each pub.) It was a deliberately tatty place with old sofas and an upright piano that was used almost every night. One of the brews was called Dog Wobbler as I remember. Great place for a sing song!

There was also the "Fox and Firkin" which led to the expression, "For fox sake give us a firkin beer".
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#20 Post by Alan C. » July 21st, 2010, 8:38 pm

appreciate that my mother is kind and gracious enough to make one night a week available (Wed) to look after Curtis Jr so that I might see the rest of the world...mainly from the pillion position on Sr's motorcycle.
Mothers are the best......Bar none.
But now that I have my own licence, I'd better get a bigger bike. There's no way my little 250cc is going to keep up with the club bikes; they've all got 800cc bikes and up. :shock:
125cc was the biggest Mary ever had (she never took a test) She fell off it and badly burned her leg on the exhaust pipe.
We usually ride as a large group somewhere north of the city
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