A pleasing number of new entries in industrial Derbyshire this year, and a rare visit to Ashby-de-la-Zouch, one of the great town names. Ashby hasn’t had a Beer Guide entry in my beery lifetime, so I’m amazed they’ve allowed Smisby to claim the Smisby Tap. Despite the name, it’s closer to Ashby (if you walk… Continue reading MORE GBG ADDRESS FUN IN SMISBY
I spent Sunday night in Sheffield, albeit a bit too close to Meadowhall for comfort. Shopping centres scare me, even at night. I use the slow train to Manchester via the Dark Peak for City matches occasionally. Apart from the views, you always get the joy of grumpy old walkers complaining about Stag & Hen… Continue reading SHEFFIELD – THAT QUANTITY/QUALITY DILEMMA AGAIN
Bedfordshire isn’t a hotbed of craft, or cask beer. But it does have at least three classic drinkers pubs. The fact that two of them serve immaculate Draught Bass is totally coincidental. I’ll be revisiting Bedford’s Wellington, and Leighton Buzzard’s Black Lion in the near future. The Buzzard pub crawl may well rival Nuneaton… Continue reading ESCAPING HENLOW HEALTH FARM
Walking options from our South Cambridgeshire village aren’t the world’s best. Occasionally, however, some arcane law or other requires me to stay at home and I have to walk locally. Yesterday afternoon Mrs RM and I took a stroll round the site of the forthcoming Cambridge North station, which backs on to the sewerage works. I… Continue reading LODE STAR ?
Yes, we’re mainly doing Norfolk at the moment, until sanity is restored with trips to Manchester and Worcester tomorrow. The post on the Lillie Langtry Bar in Harleston’s tat antique market prompted a fascinating debate about what constitutes a pub, which descended into an argument about horseboxes. I liked Dave’s comment that a pub is… Continue reading TWO MORE “PUBS” NEAR HARLESTON
Apart from the Beer Guide (of course), What Pub is the best CAMRA achievement since they invented real ale in 1973. The real challenge of the Revitalisation project is maintaining the interest of a dwindling band of volunteers in monitoring and measuring pubs and beer quality. Nearly all the real ale pubs are on WhatPub… Continue reading HARLESTON’S SECRET PUB
You can’t really avoid Diss while travelling to the occasional new pub ticks in the Waveney Valley. It’s one of our preferred Norfolk towns. A decade ago it had one of the UK’s premier analogue Hi-Fi shops, and I still have bits of valve amps in the garage waiting for Mrs RM to stick… Continue reading DISS – MERE & MARSTONS