What’s better than going to a micropub on a Saturday morning? Going to a micropub that also holds host to the Pork Farms Board Games Championships[1. Any goodies given to me from the event do not influence opinions or views of the brand. I will disclose conflicts of interest, affiliations, and personal agendas. I will not enter into favored treatment to a brand and ignore pressure to influence content or perspective. If I choose to make exceptions, I will disclose that.], duuuuuh.
My ‘Sarf Landan’ self trekked all the way to West London, which felt like an ultimate betrayal, to join in Pork Farms’ celebration of #NationalBoardGamesWeek. The lovely people at The Owl & The Pussycat were kind enough to put up with a bunch of bloggers playing board games all afternoon! Let’s just say there was a lot of yelping when it came to Jenga.
There were lots of wonderful pork pies to munch on (I’m telling you that you need fuel after you’ve played Monopoly. That game is exhausting) – my favourite being the pork pies topped with Branston pickle. Whoever came up with that idea is a bloody genius. 🐷
So, as I was saying. I arrived at The Owl & The Pussycat where I met the lovely Laura and Claire. I love how cosy the micropub is. This was actually my first micropub I’d ever been too. I definitely want to visit more! We were soon joined by Bonnie (whom I met at an Every Hotels event, so it was lovely to see her again!), Lea, Alice and Vi Vian.
First up was Trivial Pursuit 2000s. I actually did better in this than I thought I would, and managed to collect all the colours to complete my circle – although I didn’t make it to the middle, I still earned some points in this round! There are six categories:Places (blue), Entertainment (pink), Sports and Hobbies (orange), Events (yellow), Science and Tech (green), and Arts (purple). Some of the questions were hard, but the game also fed my love of useless facts (I honestly just go to work just to spout out randoms facts I’ve learned to my colleagues).
After munching more pork pies, we moved onto Monopoly. The bane of my existence and consistently just shows to remind me that I’m bad with money in the game as well as real life. Still, it was fun – and the newer version of Monopoly has new game pieces now????? Lea trumped as all in this one with her winning tactic (which I cannot reveal in this post for safety reasons) and had us scared to pass ‘GO’ basically.
We then split into two; half of us played Jenga and the other half Boggle. Jenga is a RIOT. The intensity, the shouting, the stroking of blocks to see if you can make it move without toppling down the tower. My god, guys. Writing about it is making my heart beat fast. At one point I thought I was in the clear, and I celebrated way too quickly and then the tower to just come crashing down. If you build it up high as well, then the crash is even louder. I felt sorry for the customers in the micropub just trying to enjoy a peaceful Saturday afternoon!
Boggle had to be my favourite game of the day and not just because I scored the most points in this game. You basically have to jumble all the letters, and make as many 3-letters or more words as possible. It truly exercises your brain! We ended up making up words that we didn’t realise actually existed and there were a few innuendos thrown about too 😉
The last game was Taboo. I was absolutely terrible at this, but it was a lot of fun. You are given a keyword and then a list of words that relate to it that you CANNOT say to describe the keyword. There are no gestures, you can’t say “it sounds like”, but do feel free to sing! The opposing team also get a squeaker which they can use if they catch you breaking the rules. The game led to a lot of ridiculous descriptions and Alice was an absolute queen at this game!
We had a quick break in which the Pork Farms team tallied up the points. I actually came second place (believe it or not), which I was not expecting so that was a nice surprise.
Laura won first place and got a delicious pork pie to take home! Congratulations, Laura 👏🏾🎉
We all got to take home some goodies with us (my mum was pleased, to say the least). I left in such a jolly mood that day, and it was lovely meeting fellow bloggers! I also definitely need to bring out the board games more because they are such a good way to bond with other people.
Thanks to Pork Farms and The Owl & The Pussycat for having me – I had so much fun! ☺️