The fortnightly Kings Arms general knowledge quiz hosted by Questionmaster Bob Bates and ‘YTS boy’ Jamie Wood is a longstanding institution in its own right. This Food Festival special, organised by Arundel Agenda 21, saw Bob trade in the YTS lad for the combined talents of Kay Wagland, Mick Parr and Refried Books’ Rita Godfrey with five special food-themed rounds, including a guest round from Mark Robinson of Pallant of Arundel. Pallant also supplied the surprise ‘tasting round’ of mystery sandwich fillings – the cunning substitution of smoked trout instead of smoked salmon foxing just about everyone.
Up against a sold-out Drip Action Theatre Night at the Swan and on a drizzly Thursday instead of a regular Tuesday, the A21 team were concerned that there might not be much of a turn out. They needn’t have worried – seventeen teams later, the place was thronged. When the indoor chairs ran out, landlord Charlie brought the outdoor furniture in from the garden, lending the evening a special picnic-y feel for those of us in the bottom bar, which only added to the general good cheer.
Somewhere in amongst the beer, the banter, the questions, the chaos and the general bonhomie, a quiz happened somehow, with the top prize scooped by team “Baby Cheeses” a team made up of members from the White Hart and Boca Nuevo, who won local wine from Plumpton and Nyetimber vineyards. I didn’t catch the name of the team who came second, but they were rewarded for their efforts by a selection of local beers. And as for team Ferret – we woz robbed!
The ‘normal’ Kings arms quiz takes place on alternate Tuesdays; ring 01903 882312 for details.