A dry October filled with decent walking, pub going, and the conclusion of the Desperate Housewives boxset. Surely the best thing to come out of the US of A since Craft beer.
44 new pubs in 18 counties was a decent return, but the pubby highlight was a startling crawl round the unregarded Fenland town of March on a cold Thursday with my sister and cousin.
More importantly, October had some great Draught Bass.
Pub of the Month – The Furnace, Hoyland
Everything I want in a pub. Chatty landlord, a variety of seating, an absence of food, high quality of beer. Hoyland is a great pub town.
The Bell in Whittington has the same qualities in a smarter village, as did the Bridge at Llanfoist, whose Twitter account is a gem.
Beer of the Month – Cornish Knocker @ Bird in Hand, Halstead
Cornish Knocker in a Doom Bar glass ? My first NBSS 4.5 score of the year.
Discovery of the Month – Coventry Cathedral
My 100th trip to Cov and I finally went inside. It’s a marvel, as is the city now that the station access has been sorted out.
On a rare trip to the Abbey Stadium I saw the Cambridge goalie save two injury time penalties in a match otherwise notable for a spectacular lack of quality. City v Barcelona tonight will struggle to match the drama though.
But the highlight of the month for me was literary. Regular correspondent Tom’s blog is an allegory of the train as a metaphor for the human condition, and even if we are left with just the three fragments, what fragments they are.
In other news, Simon is back from his secret mission to Melbourne where he spent his evenings guarding the amber nectar.
In November I shall be tracking Tom down in a Cleethorpes Wetherspoons to attempt to secure the film rights to his blog, watching Swedish heavy metal in Camden, Australian folkies in Byker and weird Yanks in Oxford.