Yesterday I was Walton Vale, Liverpool, and agreed to go for a pint with my friend Tom in the Raven, the local Wetherspoons, but he had something to do before he could join me. After I'd ordered two pints of George Wright Cheeky Pheasant at £1.85 a pint, I said to the barmaid that, for a horrible moment, I thought I'd left my money at home (it was merely in the wrong pocket). She asked if I lived far, and I replied, yes, Southport. She laughed and said she'd have given me the money.
At this point, the man next to me said, "Southport? Are you the one I've seen playing at the Southport CAMRA beer festival?" I said, yes I usually played on the Saturday afternoon. At this point the friendly barmaid said, "If you're in CAMRA, you get more off." And so the two pints were £3.10; very nice, especially as a few hours later I paid £3.05 for a pint in the city centre.
My companion at the bar said that he thought he'd recognised me from the festival when I'd come in but didn't say anything in case he was mistaken. So we chatted about beer festivals, and I gave him a copy of Ale & Hearty, until Tom rolled up. I suppose this kind of recognition is something Sting has to put up with all the time - but then again, I doubt he'd be seen in Wetherspoons, which is a pity as the beer was in good nick!
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