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Saturday, 9 May 2015

AS HAPPY AS LARRY

Friday the 8th of May saw us heading off to London after work to visit some of our favourite pubs, discover some new ones, to meet up with friends and then off to The Borderline to see Larry Miller in concert.


Part-1 - The Drinkers part

The first port of call this time was the Bree Louise in Euston, a fine pub with a huge selection of real ales and excellent food, they offer discounts for CAMRA members so that is also a very good reason to start there and, as it was lunchtime, avail ourselves of one of their famous pie dinners, me, I opted for a Pork, Apple & Cider pie with chips and vegetables washed down with a splendid pint of Dark Star Hophead a great 3.8% light 'session' beer.


Next stop was the Euston Tap another mecca for the discerning drinker, here you really are spoilt for choice so I opted for the Siren Soundwave, a lovely hoppy beer at 5.6% and a nice way to start mellowing out for the afternoon.

Did you go anywhere good this weekend to look at your phone?

The Cider Tap is just across the road and was, as usual, well worth a visit for a couple of half's to try something different, the medium dry Hogan's at 4.5% was delicious as was the still, Orchard Pig at 4.2%, both were really 'appley' and refreshing, a nice way to round off the Euston leg before catching a bus up to Kings Cross.

OK, so three blokes together, we called in at The Central Station, probably shouldn't have done so but were desperate for the loo and it was after all time for another beer!
Entertaining yes but how can I put it, we didn't venture 'downstairs' nor did we find any special ales worth writing home (or here) about.


Our next port of call was somewhere very special indeed, a real gem and somewhere to go back to on another trip, The King Charles1, full of character, traditional, welcoming with friendly bar staff and some excellent Ye Olde Trip at 4.3%, as pubs go, the find of the day.


We had arranged to meet up with some friend's at The Parcel Yard in Kings Cross station at 18:00 so took a stroll down there to grab a pint of Fullers London Pride and a half hour's catch up before heading off to the Crobar before slipping into the Borderline for the Larry Miller Band's gig.


Part-2 The Music

OK, so we were here for Larry Miller, if you by chance have not heard of him, or heard him before, Larry is an excellent blues / blues-rock guitarist, he seems to be constantly touring, has several fine albums under his belt now and more often than not manges to sell out venues like the Bordeline having built up a loyal and sizable fan base over the years, Larry always entertains and tonight was no exception.

The band Babajack were suppose to be supporting but sadly their singer was ill so they couldn't make it, however, that meant that Larry played two sets so we're happy, you could say, we were, 'As happy as Larry!'


Part-3 In Words and Pictures

As Happy as Larry

There I was riding on a southbound train
With Kevin and Chris off to London again
We had a great pie lunch at the Bree Louise
And while we were there well who did we see?
Our Roger


 We took a short walk to the Euston Tap
Even climbed the spiral staircase without mishap
And outside ‘The Tap’ hanging from a tree
Were furry seed balls out of which Kevin made a ‘G’


 Taking full advantage and a short break from the ale
Beer and cider is a ‘heady mix, common sense did not prevail
For the Cider Tap was open so we had to try that too
After all it was just across the road, after all, rude not to

Round and round and round and down (Photo Kev B)
Then we took a big red bus up to Kings Cross
But the Central Station was just too risqué for us
So we made our way over to the King Charles the 1st
Where they had fine real ales to quench our thirst

The wheels on the bus go round and round (Photo Chris F)

King Charles 1 - A fine pub indeed
We set off for the Parcel Yard in somewhat of a hurry
To meet the crew who were down for the old Prog Curry
It was lovely to see Thea looking so fine
Robin and the others and Roger for the second time

The one and only Roger Marsh
We called in the Crobar as you just have to do
For a quick shot of imitation JD or two
And then it was into the venue which is only next door
Sadly Babajack couldn’t appear so our Larry played more

Larry in full swing
When we looked round we couldn’t believe our eyes
Amanda and Katie were there, that was such a nice surprise
Larry looked happy as he played through two sets that night
So for me and the Fellowship it all turned out just right

Larry Miller
In fact you could say
We were all as Happy as Larry!


Grant Meaby - All rights reserved, May 2015


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