>A Quick London Hop


…And so it was a mini-session around London that was in order this weekend, seeing as though I was spending some time visiting a friend.
Bellies full of Bratwurst from the (having as usual) Borough Market, we duly joined the ranks amassed outside The Market Porter. Ever dependable, our pints of Bay’s Best started lunchtime off very nicely, and although I had never even heard of Bay’s, they certainly make a tasty, malty-sweet best.

At the opposite end of the scale, Meantime’s London Pale was the catalyst to a major breakthrough – my good mate Rich, who prefers maltier beers and is the only beer-drinker I know who baulks at ‘Over-Grapefruity hops’ in beer, declared his MLP as ‘actually rather nice’. Huzzah.
After a early -afternoon raid on Utobeer and a quick shower later, we emerged into a lovely sunny afternoon. After a couple of beers along the way, we finally got to The Lamb & Flag, where a decent pint of Young’s Special hit the spot after a hot tube journey. I really do like this sweet but fruity beer, and it was nice to find some.
Food-wise, La Perla, (A mexican cantina in Covent Garden that I’ve blogged about before) was as good as it was in 2007. Street Tacos – Soft flour tortillas with pulled Pork and Prawn meat with lashings of chilli salsa and sour cream managed to be sweet, hot, sour, salty and sweet all in one mouthful. A couple of Dos Equis washed them down. Good Food, Good Prices, Good Staff.
Full of Mexican food, we sauntered to The Harp to finish the night on Darkstar Hophead and Original (A beer that I have neglected in the past but am developing a serious jones for) before giving into familiarity and ordering some Taylor’s Golden Best.
Overall an entirely pleasurable Saturday night.
Kudos of the Weekend go to whoever parked their black VW Polo outside the Market Porter on Saturday lunchtime – with two Leeds United Badges in the back window and a dangly Leeds Badge on the rearview mirror, you certainly drew a salute. Nice to see, in the middle of London!

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Blog: https://goodfoodgoodbeer.wordpress.com/ I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass. If you'd like to submit a piece for Tavern Tales, or contact me about any Freelance writing you think I would be suited to, then don't hesitate to contact me via email here.

Posted on 17/08/2009, in Bay Brewery, dark star brewery, La Perla, Young's Special London Ale. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. >Golden Best is an all-too-rare visitor to the capital. Considering it's (reputedely) Taylor's biggest selling beer in their home market, It's a shame it isn't more widely available Down South. It also manages to be a Mild without the cap-and-whippet association.

  2. >I agree, TIW. Taylor's do seem to manage to get a younger following than many Yorkshire-based 'traditional' brewers. Wonder why?

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