Yesterday, on a trip to Beamish Open Air Museum in Co Durham, with my Stroke Support Group (www.strokesense.org.uk ) I had a couple of pints in the pub at the museum.
Now many pages can be written about the museum and its attractions, but I'm going to comment on the pub. Despite being in a museum, it serves drinks just like a "normal" pub. But no keg beer, no lager (except in bottles), a big jar of scrumpy cider behind the bar and no optics ... just like pubs used to be. Indeed the interior was very much like local pubs even in my memory.
But the beers on tap, two from the local Beamish Hall Brewery and Theakston's Old Peculier , stood out. I had a couple of pints of Beamish Hall Bitter (or was it best bitter?) , delightful ... fruity taste, not too sharp and very smooth both in taste and texture. Very nice!
Unfortunately the prices were very much 2012 and not 1910 though.
And the icing on the cake? Real, old fashioned pickled eggs served from a large jar on the corner of the bar.
So next time your family are looking for a "cultural day out", suggest a trip to Beamish ... and look all surprised when you "find" the pub.