June 2016 will forever be known as the month I visited more new Good Beer Guide pubs than Simon Everitt (45 v 41). I should be happy, but the fact that Simon has now done the Great Cumbrae pub puts my duller achievement into perspective.

Lots of travel to finish off the Beer Guide chapters for Norfolk, London, Bucks, Surrey and Worcestershire, and visits to 18 counties in all. Beer quality remained more than decent, with not a single pint returned.  No Bass this month though.

Fairly dull weather and destinations to match in June, so I only averaged 11 miles a day, well off the pace. Each step through the Donington mud felt like ten though.


New pub of the month

The Welcome Stranger I wrote about today was probably the star, but with very similar values I’ll pick the Joiners Arms in Croydon, which would have been a great place to see England’s valiant battle with the Icelanders.

The case for Croydon

Beer of the month


The best quality ale of the month came last week at Clifford Beer Festival, with Brass Castle’s Sunshine on KeyKeg and Elland Pale from t’wood starring. They also had the Cloudwater Pale, but it was their Bitter which gets beer of the month and prompted my apology to the York Tap for ever doubting it.  It too was a top pub experience.

Not cheap, mind

Discovery of the month

I did enjoy Knutsford, rather more than Wilmslow.  It’s a beautifully preserved small town, and local craft/gin emporium Dexter & Jones was the ideal place for John Clarke’s tutored Belgian beer testing.  We enjoyed the banter as much as the beer (Orval the winner) and Mrs RM has now fully recovered (from that at least).  The Cheshire Gin is nearly gone though.


John Clarke ponders his view of Stella Artois


Re-discovery of the month

Stourport sparkled on a decent day, and the Black Star was a perfect canal-side lunch stop.  A micro and proper coffee shop could turn it into the Leighton Buzzard of the west.



The sequel to Finding Nemo is out.  What more wisdom is necessary ?


In July

We’ll be taking our campervan to Durham, Melton Mowbray and other places with electricity.

6 thoughts on “JUNE STOCKTAKE

    1. No, I’ll have done about 85% of them. That’s the ultimate goal, and I get a bit closer to completing the current GBG each year. Have a look at Simon Everitt’s blog (BRAPA) if you want to see how big the challenge is !

      Despite what you may assume I do drink fairly moderately by most standards (about 21-24 units a week) which is a necessary but limiting factor !


  1. RM your achievements are notable, well done!

    Your comments about http://www.cliffordbeerfestival.co.uk are very much appreciated and we thank you for your kind words. What perplexes me, is why can’t some pubs achieve the same sort of quality, especially when you consider we are working in a village hall with a time scale of Wednesday night to Saturday lunch time?


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