Folk who just track down interesting beers and classic pubs miss out on a lot. Simon goes to Hoyland, which even people in Barnsley have never visited. I get a trip “home” to Stevenage to tick off a Greene King pub. Retirement is underrated. Stevenage is, of course, best known as the stunt double for… Continue reading STEVENAGE NEW TOWN. AND GREENE KING.
You might deduce from this blog that that I don’t much care for that London place, and you’d be half right, you’d be half right*. If the town itself is a 9/10, and the pubs an 8, it’s only the beer that’s a 5 and lets it all down. Each year when the Beer… Continue reading ONE GEM AT LEAST IN THE CITY OF LONDON
We popped to Whitby, reckoning a blustery Saturday at the end of September would see us safe from both holiday hordes and the groups of Goths that always turn up in Mr Everitt’s tales. It was heaving. The busiest place I’ve seen since St Ives at Easter or York’s Shambles in Summer. Apparently there’s a themed weekend… Continue reading HOW TO SURVIVE WHITBY
On our way to a brewery break in Cropton we stopped at Malton for a last bit of Wi-Fi quiche before entering the Moors. The big news in Malton is Brass Castle’s cutting edge bar, but we fancied coffee and battenburg cake in the Spotted Cow in Malton. It’s a Tetley Heritage Inn, which is still generally a pretty good… Continue reading TETLEY HERITAGE IN MALTON
Every 11th Thursday is curry night, when two middle-aged codgers from the east of England meet up in obscure parts of the Midlands to enjoy pubs and Indian restaurants. It’s a simple formula, only faltering slightly when I book rooms at a complete dump on the A5. Sorry Charles. The pub at the motel… Continue reading NECTAR IN NUNEATON
I’m sure Pub Curmudgeon will quickly correct me in lumping Cheadle Hulme’s newest pub in with Greater Stockport, but the Good Beer Guide can’t make up it’s mind whether the Heatons Norris and Chapel deserve separate billing, so I’m in good company. The Chiverton Tap is certainly winning awards from Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA … Continue reading THE CHIVERTON TAP
The pubs were open just down the road from our tick-less stop, though there turned out to be no beer in Lavenham. Mrs RM asked me if I wanted to go in the Greyhound, and I said no, before remembering 20 minutes later it meant she needed the ladies. They don’t teach you mind-reading at… Continue reading LAVENHAM – WOOL & WARM BEER