As we come to the end of a few days in which I was able to relax and come to terms with England and Belgium’s terrific World Cup runs thus far, it’s time to take a look back at some of the other drinks that I have consumed during this World Cup. Some of them excellent, some of them bad.
For the final matches of Group H, I chose to take an extended lunch break in order to watch the first half at a nearby pub (Burns Hotel does not have televisions, as do none of the Samuel Smith’s pubs). On this occasion I chose The Old White Swan (part of the Nicholson’s chain) which is actually a collection of buildings, many of which originated during Tudor times. Despite the warm weather, I opted to go for the intriguing coconut milk stout!
During the Iceland-Croatia World Cup match, I decided to drink the bottle of Guinness Original XX that had been sitting in my fridge since sometime in March.
Day 8 with my parents was spent entirely in York. Since York is where I currently make my living, I was able to take them on an extremely thorough tour of the pubs and the sights. Call it a pub crawl!
It’s World Cup time, and that means I’m watching a lot of football, and drinking the odd beer or three. To accompany the Iceland-Nigeria match, I drank a Bishops Finger.
No, it was not brewed in either nation, but right here in England. Look, I don’t know, I’m sure there were at least a few bishops in Iceland and Nigeria who happened to have fingers on their hands, right?
The final stop on our travel day to Cambridge was in Oxford, where we had a round in The Eagle And Child, famous for being the preferred watering hole of the Inklings! If you don’t think you know who they are, you might be mistaken, for the Inklings included none other than J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and a few other guys that I can forgive you for not knowing.
Back in early March, I went on a journey to visit my third cousin and his mum on Guernsey! Shortly after returning to England, I dropped my iPhone in the toilet, and lost all the photos I had taken. Thankfully my relations had taken a select few photos during my visit, so I have been able to cobble together a report that doesn’t rely solely on words.