17 February 2020

During our half term week holiday in North Yorkshire, we had a day out to Hartlepool. I worked in Middlesbrough for six months in 1978 but don't remember visiting Hartlepool. My loss, I...

DSC06409This was our sole reason for visiting the south west, or the main reason anyway. Because the pub was within walking distance we even booked into the Bristol Travelodge (not a patch on Premier Inn) and paid the £9 congestion charge (twice, as it runs from midnight to midnight).

By now, everyone's been to a cat cafe, or has at least heard of them. So how about a cat pub? Yes, cats and beer! Sounds too good to be true, I know, but we have seen it with our own eyes, and stroked cats while drinking IPA. Maybe heaven is a little like this.

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The pub is small and friendly with many real ales. We were there late afternoon and the place was full of young people (probably students - Briston seems to have a large student population). The cats were lovely and much friendlier than those in some cat cafes we have loitered in. Seeing them flopped in cardboard tray beds or strolling up and down the bar was slightly surreal but lovely. I didn't want to leave. Mind you, that's true for most pubs.

 

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