Yesterday I tried to sum up Havana’s non-beery appeal, but I didn’t cover the things for which it’s famous (and likely to be much more so once Americans are allowed back in). I don’t get cars (Pop Plus/Ka/Aygo is my history), and I couldn’t even tell you what the one above is (it’s blue),… Continue reading THE CASE FOR A CUBAN BREWDOG
But do go for everything else. Mrs RM had always wanted to go to Havana. In the end, I think I fell for it even more than her. It has a shambolic beauty, characteristic of Genoa and Naples which I also love. Although lacking the hills of those two, it’s possibly even more aimlessly walkable,… Continue reading HAVANA – DON’T GO FOR THE BEER
The bar scene in Manchester has a bit of a head start on Havana, but Patchanka wouldn’t look out of place on Tib Street, or anywhere in East Berlin. Patchanka has the massive advantage of no obvious Hemingway connections, or inclusion in the usual guides, having seemingly opened a year or so ago. Very basic,… Continue reading EL PATCHANKA, HAVANA
Thanks Wetherspoon – decent Birthday pints at Gatwick. Jaipur this morning (and Pride landside last night). Perhaps a few more Spoons airport pubs ought to be in the Beer Guide like they are in Scotland ?
Last post before Cuba, so where else but Royal Tunbridge Wells to say goodbye to proper beer for a week (I think). Paul Bailey has written about the merits of my in-laws town in increasingly glowing terms recently (*), and among the new places he’s mentioned it was the Fuggles Beer Cafe that appealed most.… Continue reading DEGUSTATION IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS
One year of retirement. 4,215 miles walked (a bad December) 3 days spent at home (man flu) 64 new bands seen 525 new pubs visited 10 awards. 1. Discovery of the Year – Linz Cheap flights & hotel, rambling cobbled streets off a gorgeous central square, strenuous walks (or ancient funicular) to a hillside castle… Continue reading Annual retiredmartin Awards 2015
I’ve mentioned Stockport‘s marvellous pubs many times on this blog. One thing I hadn’t done was join one of the local CAMRA branch’s renowned pub crawls, so the annual Hillgate Stagger last night was another tick on the bucket list. Pub crawls with unfamiliar folk can be a bit daunting, so I was grateful to Cooking Lager’s… Continue reading STOCKPORT HILLGATE STAGGER