~Steve Pottinger: this is the best pub in the world~

Steve Pottinger

Steve Pottinger is a poet, author, and workshop facilitator, and a founding member of Wolverhampton arts collective Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists. His work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, he’s a regular contributor to online poetry platforms, and he’s performed at Ledbury and StAnza poetry festivals, at the Edinburgh Free Fringe, and in venues the length and breadth of the country, from Penzance up to Orkney. His sixth volume of poems, ‘thirty-one small acts of love and resistance’ published by Ignite Books, was released in May 2020.

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this is the best pub in the world

By Steve Pottinger


it’s the din of chat in a city centre boozer

a backstreet snug that only locals know

it’s a seafront bar with a view out on the ocean

the early morning tavern where the market traders go


it’s a desi pub, so pick a sizzling chicken tikka,

test your taste buds to the limit with a spicy vindaloo

there’s crisps and scratchings if you’re peckish, or hanker for tradition,

cheese cobs washed down with a pint or two


it’s got funky mismatched sofas and a bar made from mahogany

a DJ in the back room playing northern soul

there’s a dart board in the corner and the garden’s full of sunshine

and the front room’s going mental when their team score another goal


all your friends are there, and someone’s got the round in

and the craic is purely mighty, and the atmosphere is great

the bar staff have the banter, and it’s hours until last orders

it’s home to first dates, slaked thirsts, bawdy wakes


and here, by the window where the light falls golden,

there is silence, if that’s the thing you’re looking for

reflect, or do a crossword, sip your drink in contemplation

this is the best pub in the world, and it’s got it all

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