Supping it up

Summing it up you might say, was Plato. The Swan scored well for its full body amour, its George Best penalty photo, and its quote above the door! Sagacity is for the well-watered drinking man by the Thames and not the parched and ignorant: or, as Plato did say, the …

Cotswolds No.1

But number one solid gold easy action was to be found at the Swan at Radcot. Nestling by a bridge on the Thames, it’s full of history and curios. Great beer garden: watch the boats sail through, watch the traffic over the bridge, watch the world go by. And wash …

Dressing up

So, a new year, a new you. I saw these three likely lads in a bar on New Year’s day. Sartorial options offered by all. Shall we favour the flat cap this year, or the fetching black but white-striped sneakers, or the one-piece? Punk lives on in many forms.

Noise in pubs

So, Kentucky says to me: ‘How are you supposed to eavesdrop on someone else’s conversation, with all this racket going on?’ ‘That sofa’s doin’ my head in’ a man on an adjacent table told his new girlfriend. Both were in their fifties. ‘Tread lightly,’ she said to him’, in Yeatsian …

Coxwold

We had feared the worst of the best: Theakston’s. However Theakston’s is now an independent again and a well-kept pint of their best bitter was a treat at the Fauconberg Arms. Pleasant staff, a place for muddy boots, and a real fire to send the steam rising off my sodden …