Disappointed we wandered along the river to the first pub, The Black Lion. There was a reasonable selection of ales on the hand pumps, but the Tribute we asked for had just gone so we ended up with Thwaites Wainwright. When it came to paying I cursed my usual practice of not looking at the keg fonts as there was no doubt a huge range of rare and exotic craft beers, which who knows, I may even have briefly considered drinking before deciding not to. I assume that was the case anyway as it was £4.20 a pint, which surely shows I was in a craft beer establishment. I blame Brewdog for getting Thwaites to make Punk IPA and turning them all crafty.
Next we wandered on to a rowing boat themed pub whose name escapes me before getting to the Dove. Here we actually found one of Fuller's new beers, Wild River. It's pale and tastes of American hops. Gosh we thought, how exciting.
Then we had a wander to the Sloaney Pony, where I had a Binghams, as I know Chris Bingham and he makes quality beers. Looking at the blackboard I was reminded how much craft keg really costs (up to £4.50 a half). We did try buying that one just to get the full experience but it was off. I was surprised though to see not all of the pricey craft keg beers were exotic imports.
It seems domestic craft keg is nearly as overpriced as the foreign stuff. Now where did I put the contact details of that keykeg bloke...
Then it was time for tapas, though sadly our favourite place has been taken over and Spanish black pudding was no longer on the menu.
After eating we had a very pleasant St Peter's Mild in the Falcon near Clapham Junction before heading home.
We got back in time for a cup of tea, though it didn't stop the lovely Lisa feeling a little poorly the next day. Must have been the lager with the tapas. Don't worry though, we had a fine selection of fried pork products for breakfast, though due to a terrible oversight still no black pudding. Next Sunday we'll be in Glasgow so will probably have fried haggis and fruit cake with our breakfast, but with a bit of luck the elusive blood sausage will also be on the menu.