The Ship in Wool
It is not often that Billothewisp has been impressed by pub food, but tonight was a rare exception.
A chance encounter entailed a visit to the Ship public house in Wool. Billothewisp was presented with the best pub curry he has had in a very long time. Not only that, the bar staff were friendly, the beer good and the ambience very pleasant.
Previously, on my last visit,about a year ago it felt a bit like eating in Tesco's. But not any more.
The landlord was a great host (sounded like a Brummy... no doubt from the Dagenham mould). Certainly worth another visit. Thursday is Curry night, and it is cheap. I'll be there.
Here is a challenge:
Billothewisp, in true Kolly Kibber style (you haven't read Brighton Rock? Shame on you!) will buy the first person to correctly identify him a pint of Badgers.
But it has to be done correctly. Aka:
"You are Billothewisp, and I claim my free pint"
Of course you risk making a complete Pillock of yourself and getting punched in the face. But even so you will still have had a good curry.
If the person you challenge bursts into tears at the thought of having to pay for someone else's drink, then you know you have the right man.
Regrettibly Billothewisp is significantly over the drinking age limit so cannot claim to be too young, or too poor. Neither can he claim membership of the Salvation army. (although he will try)
Just make sure you stand between him and the door. He is, when asked to pay, quite fleet of foot.
Whatever way he tries to weedle out of paying, take no prisoners.
But make sure you get the right guy (or gal, or pit-pony).
Or you might be spending a night in the cells.