Quiz Time!

A few years ago I set the questions for the Bogarts quiz when Mark Turnbull, then regular quiz master, was on holiday. Over a year later people were still talking about my first quiz as the worst Bogarts quiz ever (the winner got about 8 out of 25). In honour of that and in a co-production with my God Spot page, why not try probably the world's first pub-friendly bible-knowledge quiz!

Bogarts The Ostrich

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The pub formerly known as Bogarts has now been open as the Ostrich for more than a year. Former denizens of Bogarts still marvel at its new and always pristine toilets, and at the amount of money that has clearly been spent to restore a building that its former tenant thought should be demolished. Despite the improvements I did not enjoy visiting The Ostrich much until recently, but just over two months ago new landlord Liam arrived and the pub is beginning to win back a loyal following; there is always a good selection of real ales available - and unlike under Jacky they are usually of different strengths so that any drinker is likely to find something to suit. Although there are still bands at the weekend they are no longer right by the bar, and are often more acoustic acts than formerly. A successful pub quiz on Wednesdays looks to have reestablished as a tradition. Best of all it is a pub where once again the customers can enjoy good conversation with each other and with friendly bar staff.

Pub Games

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To teach myself a bit more about mak­ing web pages, I pro­grammed an alcoholic game for you to try. Unfortunately you'll only get the full effect with Internet Explorer, though it does work with other Browsers as well.

Mild

Black Dog Mild Logo If a pub has mild ale I usually drink that in pre­ference to bitter. The Brewery Tap has Black Dog Mild, the Wortley Sam Smith's Mild.

The Wortley Almshouses

While Bogarts was shut some regulars took refuge once again at the Wortley Almshouses, probably the quietest pub in the centre of Peterborough as there is no music. A pint of mild in the Wortley only costs 1.45 - less than half the price of beer in most London pubs, and there is now a keg bitter available at the same price. Not quite such a firm favouriste with me as a year ago, I still appreciate the lack of music: customers are forced to talk if they want any entertainment, and as a result it is usually a very friendly place. Many of my friends on facebook (PG) are at least occasional drinkers there, and several are regulars. The Wortley is under new management, and a welcome change in the new regime is that food is now available throughout the day. However, Alex the new landlord does not run quite such a tight ship as his predecessor, and as a result it has been attracting a lot of customers who are barred from other pubs lately. Hopefully, this will sort itself out in the long run, as Alex learns who the troublemakers are.

The Embe Rose

The The Embe Rose pub and restaurant opened last spring in the building which was the hub of the exciting though short-lived "Glass Onion" project on Burleigh Rd, and a few people still avoid The Rose because of painful memories associated with the Onion. I usually spend at least part of either Friday or Saturday evening here: the pub attracts a nice crowd of well-behaved adults - neither the Afro-Caribbean food, nor the usually acoustic live music are likely to appeal to the "youth" market that so many city centre venues chase after. Nick, who runs the venue is very friendly and working hard to make the place a success, but sometimes the demands of restaurant and live music venue clash: when the building is full it is probably not very comfortable for diners, and service can be slow. Things should improve greatly once the upstairs can be opened as the restaurant space. I've eaten there several times, and the food is usually very good, and unliekly anything else in Peterborough.

The Brewery Tap

One of the best known pubs in Peterborough is the Brewery Tap, a large and imposing building which was once the city's labour exchange. For almost 10 years it has meen threatened with demolition, as it sits in the centre of an area due for redevelopment. The recent "credit crunch" and the down-turn in retailing means that is probably safe until the next property boom. Despite its excellent Thai menu, wide range of beers, and comfy sofas I find the Tap too large and noisy to feel really at home there, though it can be a pleasant place for a group of friend to go for a chat on quiet nights.

However, the Brewery Tap is an excellent venue for events such as the Randall Rootz festival, and "Speakeasy".

On Tour

Since 2002 I have spent around ten days each year in Southwold, a small and very picturesque town in Suffolk, famous for Adnams Ales. It is well worth a visit. I especially recommend the pier, which has a very unusual collection of amusement machines.

In October I visit the tiny village of Langsett, near Sheffield, for its now annual Hunter's Moon Festival. I first heard about this festival when I was invited by someone at a gig by Angry Man, one of Peterborough's finest, (and most misleadingly named), bands. The beginning of the main ritual is very atmospheric: I usually half expect someone to be plucked out of the audience and sacrificed.