Saturday, 6 September 2008

Overheard at the Bar

The Olde Boar's Head in Middleton is a venerable institution dating back to 1632 and its stone flagged floors have seen many comings and goings over the years.

I was there last night knocking back a pint or two before my evening meal. It was fairly busy and we stood at the bar watching the world go by when this conversation was overheard:

First Barperson: "I see Wetherspoon's has its shutters down. What's going on there?"

Customer: "I heard someone attempted to commit suicide in there earlier today"

Second Barperson "He must have tried the cask beer then".

Hoots of laughter all round.

13 comments:

Erlangernick said...

Heh heh. Why would anyone bother with a Wetherspoons when the OBH is there? [boggles]

But when you say "before your evening meal", does this mean that you drank something else with your eats? I saw a show on KrautTV about dining in Scotland, and this couple was drinking milk from red wine glasses with their evening chow--Scurry, IIRC.

The voiceover claimed that though die Schotten do like their whisky, they typically drink milk at dinner. Eh?

Tandleman said...

Yes we did. We went home to my spag bol and a nice rioja!

As for Scots drinking milk with dinner? I guess them as likes milk with their dinner do, and them as doesn't don't!

Adeptus said...

I often have milk with my dinner. My (German) wife thought it was a distictly Irish phenomenon, so I'll be glad to pass on the news that our neighbours in Scotland also partake ;) Sure look at B.A. from the A-Team. Didn't do him any harm! Pity the fool! :D

I should point out, however, that I have never used a wine glass for milk... ;)

Paul Garrard said...

I rarely have milk with my dinner, wine glass or otherwise.

Jeff Frane said...

Milk is nice on cereal, with some nice ripe peaches or blueberries. Do people actually drink it from a glass?

Adeptus said...

Clearly.

Beer blether said...

As a Scot (now a southern jessie in London)I can confirm milk often would accompany an evening meal. Full fat of course - makes a great accompaniement to Tunnocks scotch pies.

Tandleman said...

You are an imposter Sir. Tunnock's do not make scotch pies!

Beer blether said...

Ah thats where your understandably wrong! Outside of Uddingston Tunnocks is only known for its Teacakes and Caramel wafers...but in the hometown Tunnocks also bake the more traditional scottish bakery products - pineapple cakes, empire biscuits, and of course scotch pies....to which admitedly I have probably had too many in my time....

jocko said...

Its sad that Wetherspoons who have done more to promote real ale es pecialy micro brewers than even CAMRA still get slagged off.STONCH is advocating £3 is to cheap in London for a pint of real ale and i dont disagree.But if McSpoons want to sell it at £2.20 whats the problem.

Tandleman said...

Beer Blether. OK - I am an imposter then. I didn't know that!

Jeff Frane said...

Not so much an imposter as an expat!

Scroll down to some of the comments: http://tinyurl.com/5errss

I have no idea, of course, where Uddingston might be. Do they have beer?

Beer blether said...

Jeff, Uddingston is just outside Glasgow, famous for little else other than Tunnocks. No good beers (or pubs for that matter)sadly....just cakes!