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ASR-HW April 2015 20 April 2015

I didn't feel like organising a Mild Day this year, so there was an ASR (Scary Devil Monastery) meeting at the Bootlegger in High Wycombe instead. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

The place has had a refit since last time we were there. The new taps along the back of the bar are welcome; the big screens showing football, and the sort of people they attract, are less so.

I didn't notice whether they were actually serving beer from this brewery, but I liked the glass:

Fourpure is a brewery based in South London, yet another of the modern wave of American-style brewers that seems to be infesting the capital at the moment and wooing lager drinkers with slightly nicer lager rather than something traditionally British. I don't mind the Camden Town Brewery, but one is enough for me.

There was Food. Actually this was after we'd eaten about two-thirds of the food. (There are two Polish supermarkets on Castle Street, which are a decent substitute for the delicatessen that used to be just down from the pub. Cheese came from Waitrose. Does anyone sell Berthaut Époisses any more?)

Another fine glass (from an actual American brewer).

Around 8pm the place was getting so noisy that I could no longer hear what people were saying, and I went home. This is unfortunate, but maybe next time I'll try for an earlier start. (Or have it at my local instead.)


  1. Posted by Owem Smith at 01:51pm on 20 April 2015

    I hate TV screens in pubs, or anywhere so noisy you can barely hear people speak. I've left restaurants early because the level of conversation noise was becoming painful and giving me a headache.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 01:53pm on 20 April 2015

    The screen wasn't bad at all, it was the people watching it.

    There was a nook round the side that was out of the main body of the place, but it only had seats for four people and there were six of us.

  3. Posted by Owen Smith at 01:52pm on 21 April 2015

    I find it almost impossible not to watch a screen if it's on, even if the content is utterly banal. The movement draws my eye far too much. That's why I don't like screens in pubs, that and the sound.

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