I bought a pint of Black Sheep and it was off; had a vinegary smell and taste. So I went back to the bar with it. The almost monosyllabic barman said he'd test it and walked through the hole in the wall to the bar in the other room.
I wondered if he was going to get some beer testing device!
He returned with a small glass which presumably had freshly pulled Black Sheep in it and he passed to one of the regulars. Of course - how would I know what the beer is meant to taste like - I was clearly a tourist! The regular said it was fine, but to his credit asked to taste the pint I had - after tasting it he said to the barman to pull me another (I'm not sure how it would have panned out if he had said it was fine... just given me my pint back after this guy had had a swig of it?!). The barman then explained that my pint was the end of the barrel - no apology though.
I asked the barman for a pint of Landlord instead, but he ignored me and came back from the other bar with another pint of black sheep (and still no apology).
Or perhaps he just went round the corner, waited a minute and came back with the same pint. Either way, the beer still tasted off.
- Also Known As:
- Golden Lion Hotel Horton-In-Ribblesdale, Yorkshire