Most places were quiet, with people taking an extended break, but surprisingly, unlike us, not choosing to spend their leisure time in the pub. How bizarre. First shelter from the pouring rain was the English Lounge with some good Copper Dragon and a rare appearance from Adnams. However, all the talk was of the new Kebabish Express next door. It’s ruffled a few feathers by offering a curry, chips or naan and a drink for £4. Not to mention panini for £2.
Ducking across the road to the Micro Bar in the Arndale, we found them in some disarray. Two beers had gone and they were busy disentangling the lines. Not easily deterred, we enjoyed a couple of pints of Kuppers Kolsch and people watched as we waited for the rain to ease.
With no sign of any let up, we eventually made a move to the nearby Unicorn. Unfortunately, the Golden Pippin here was poor and we were glad to move on. It was better, but still not good, in the Crown & Kettle.
However, we had saved the best for last at the Marble Arch. Mallinsons single-hopped First Gold was fruity with a pleasing, slightly bitter finish. I also enjoyed Roosters Hedgehog-despite the Camra bore who insisted on telling everyone ordering it that it was a mistake and that it should be called Hedgerow, as it was obviously named after the dwarf variety of hops.