Archive for February 14th, 2008

First they threw out the smokers, the next thing is the lager drinkers. Let them sit at home with their cheap cans of Stella!

At least this seems to be the line of reasoning from a brewer in Lincolnshire, England:

Brewer Tom Wood will only have real ales and cider on tap at the Red Lion, will not entertain music or gaming machines, has no space for a pool table and definitely won’t be serving food.

He will use the same formula as in his other pub, the Yarborough Hunt in Brigg, making sure he has the priciest pints in town.

Two pints do not make a chain, but there is an Anti-Wetherspoon in the making here.

I like the idea, but I am unlikely to make the trip to Market Rasen, pop. 3200 anytime soon. And I would assess the scene carefully before asking for a bag of crisps, as that would probably be out of line. I even have to admit that I had never heard of Market Rasen before today, despite the fact that it, according to Wikipedia, seems to be the metropolis of the area:

Originally, “Rasen”, as it is known locally, was called “East Rasen” and also “Rasen Parva” or “Little Rasen”. With the coming of the railway in 1848 Little Rasen quickly outgrew its neighbours West and Middle Rasen, and is now by far the largest of the three.

There are historical reasons for banning lager from the pubs in town, too: The 1973 Elton John hit Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting is rumoured to have been inspired by the Aston Arms on the market square.

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