Read a review of a new pub in town in a recent Argus and could no longer resist the urge to try it. But I had also heard it is expensive. So I put a few CAMRA Weatherspoons vouchers in my wallet. These give me 50p off per pint and, by visiting two pubs I could cunningly reduce the average cost per pint.
The first is right next door to the Job Centre/ dole office on Upper North Street, and is run by the Craft Beer Company. Lots of beers on handpump and a big range of bottled beers. I had a half of a Dark Star 6% mild and a pint of Magic Rock pale ale bursting with those American hops I enjoy so much. The bar had a great feel – there were as many women sitting alone as men, plus a couple of couples and a group celebrating Grant’s (of The Grass is Greener gardening services) birthday.
A pint and a half here cost just shy of £6. Walking down to Weatherspoons in North Street for a pint of Everards Tiger (with CAMRA token) cost £1.49, This moved the average from nearly £4 a pint to under £3.