not just good but IMO one of the best beers - Hobson Mild!
I did not get the chance to tour the Crown Jewels but I did tour the Tower which i did enjoy as well despite of the cold weather. Re: Londoners - They mind their own business unless you start the conversation, then they are a fountain of information and general great conversation. Londoners are a bit more reserved, but after the initial aloofnis, they too become friendly and are great conversationalists. It all comes back to the "if you are nice and treat people with respect, they will reciprocate" A hello or good morning or good evening works wonders. I am not saying that that I have not met the occassional rude ticket taker, hotel receiptionist, etc. but, that is to be expected, even in good ol' USA. All in all, you are USUALLY treated as you act.
Seems you have distinguished taste, although I have to admit I've never tried it. When I was a teenager 'mild and bitter' was popular, which was a half pint (10oz of course!) of each in a pint jug.
HOBSONS MILD VOTED BEST BEER IN BRITAIN
Aug 14, 2007, 9:57 AM
The Great British Beer Festival
Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th August, Earls Court
HOBSONS MILD IS VOTED BEST BEER IN BRITAIN
Champion Beer of Britain 2007 announced at the 'Biggest Pub in the World'"
Hobsons Mild from Hobsons Brewery in Shropshire was judged to be the best beer in Britain by a panel of brewers, beer writers and journalists at the Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court.
The beer is described in the 2007 edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide as: "A classic mild. Complex layers of taste come from roasted malts that predominate and give lots of flavour."The Shropshiire brewed beer was chosen as the overall winner from over fifty finalists in eight categories including beers from tiny micros to major regional brewers.
Roger Protz, one of the finalist judges and Editor of the Good Beer Guide said: "It's a great victory for a traditional British beer. It's bursting with flavour and, unusually for a Mild, it's got plenty of hop character. It's great to see a classic copper coloured beer take the top award."
Nick Davis, Director of Hobsons said: "What a great surprise! It's a nutty mild and despite being only 3.2% abv it's packed full of flavour."
"I would like to thank all the team at Hobsons in Cleobory Mortimer for their outstanding work in achieving this prestigious award."
The Silver award went to Mighty Oak brewery in Essex for their Maldon Gold. The Bronze was awarded to Green Jack brewery in Suffolk for Ripper.