RACE FOR THE PRIZE – GBG COMPLETION UPDATE

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I’m delighted that Duncan Mackay has started a blog to record his adventures, including the completion of the Good Beer Guide pubs (see here).  Duncan has the beating of me in sneaking in the back to pour his own pint stakes, though I can compete on the “gatecrashing a private function stakes“, having posed (unsuccessfully) as a schoolboy to get into a private party in Epsom a few years ago.

In response to overwhelming demand, I’ve attached my summary of my own progress, give or take the last week’s spreadsheet updates;

The hard facts are I’m 80% done but that’s 900 pubs togo.  When the new GBG comes out that number will go back above a thousand due to all the new micropubs and Ember Inns entering the Guide for the first time.

I really have to get to grips with Cumbria, Devon and Dorset over the Summer, but I’m still hopeful Scotland will get its own GBG following a second referendum, so I won’t lose sleep over the 250 I need to do there.

By the way, total GBG pubs visited over the last 20 years is now approaching 10,000, which just illustrates how much churn there is in the GBG.  I predict Pub 10,000 will be a micropub in Kent. Can’t wait.

PUBS VISITED IN GBG GBG 2017 @20/2/17
Visited in 2015-16 TOTAL VISITED TO VISIT %
       
BEDS 5 49 49 0 100%
BERKS 11 53 53 0 100%
BUCKS 9 54 54 0 100%
CAMBS 3 70 70 0 100%
CHESHIRE 2 70 64 6 91%
CORNWALL 0 62 46 16 74%
CUMBRIA 0 87 23 64 26%
DERBYSHIRE 5 95 84 11 88%
DEVON 0 122 42 80 34%
DORSET 0 66 33 33 50%
DURHAM 2 85 68 17 80%
ESSEX 13 108 108 0 100%
GLOUCS 0 103 77 26 75%
HAMPSHIRE 4 117 91 26 78%
HEREFORDSHIRE 0 26 25 1 96%
HERTS 6 64 64 0 100%
ISLE OF WIGHT 0 22 10 12 45%
KENT 5 145 134 11 92%
LANCS 1 121 101 20 83%
LEICS & RUTLAND 8 75 69 6 92%
LINCS 1 113 106 7 94%
LONDON – Central 6 38 38 0 100%
              – East 4 45 44 1 98%
              – North 2 29 29 0 100%
              – North West 2 18 18 0 100%
              -South East 5 63 59 4 94%
              -South West 6 51 51 0 100%
              -West 2 48 48 0 100%
GTR MANCHESTER 16 158 152 6 96%
MERSEYSIDE 7 69 62 7 90%
NORFOLK 12 105 103 2 98%
NORTHANTS 9 49 49 0 100%
NORTHUMBERLAND 0 39 23 16 59%
NOTTS 4 74 69 5 93%
OXFORDSHIRE 10 69 69 0 100%
SHROPSHIRE 0 51 47 4 92%
SOMERSET 0 102 69 33 68%
STAFFS 8 89 82 7 92%
SUFFOLK 6 71 70 1 99%
SURREY 0 70 59 11 84%
EAST SUSSEX 0 66 58 8 88%
WEST SUSSEX 0 60 52 8 87%
TYNE & WEAR 10 59 59 0 100%
WARWICKSHIRE 2 48 48 0 100%
WEST MIDLANDS 8 118 115 3 97%
WILTSHIRE 0 61 53 8 87%
WORCESTERSHIRE 3 56 50 6 89%
EAST YORKSHIRE 0 43 40 3 93%
NORTH YORKSHIRE 11 144 105 39 73%
SOUTH YORKSHIRE 5 80 80 0 100%
WEST YORKSHIRE 12 132 128 4 97%
3812 3300 512 86.57%
GLAMORGAN 10 93 63 30 68%
GWENT 10 39 35 4 90%
MID WALES 0 35 12 23 34%
NORTH EAST WALES 0 42 31 11 74%
NORTH WEST WALES 0 46 26 20 57%
WEST WALES 0 70 14 56 20%
BORDERS 0 18 1 17 6%
LOCH LOMOND, STIRLING & TROSSACHS (CENTRAL) 0 21 5 16 24%
DUMFRIES & GALLLOWAY 0 20 0 20 0%
FIFE 0 21 1 20 5%
ABERDEEN & GRAMPIAN 0 40 6 34 15%
HIGHLANDS & WESTERN ISLES 0 35 10 25 29%
NORTHERN ISLES 0 8 0 8 0%
EDINBURGH & LOTHIANS 0 43 24 19 56%
GLASGOW 0 45 24 21 53%
ARGYLL & THE ISLES 0 14 0 14 0%
AYRSHIRE & ARRAN 0 20 1 19 5%
TAYSIDE 0 30 6 24 20%
NORTHERN IRELAND 0 20 10 10 50%
CHANNEL ISLANDS 0 22 16 6 73%
ISLE OF MAN 0 28 25 3 89%
TOTAL   4522 3610 912 79.83%

11 thoughts on “RACE FOR THE PRIZE – GBG COMPLETION UPDATE

  1. Now, do you go for the low-hanging fruit first, or try to grasp some of the bigger nettles? (Says Mudge, Mixing his Metaphors). I’m sure the 1 in Suffolk and 2 in Norfolk can easily be knocked off on day trips.

    This task must have been made harder in recent years by all the brand-new pubs and bars being included. Twenty years ago, it was often a case of recycling the same pool of pubs, so a new entry might well have been already in five years before.

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    1. I’m saving the two by our coast for planned camping trips, however strong the pull to clear them now.

      There are far more brand new pubs now (I did four micros in four mile stretch in South London yesterday, but you’d be surprised how many “normal” pubs still get in the Guide for the first time ever/for ages. Sir Ralph Abercromby in Manc falls into that category.

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      1. The Abercromby *may* have benefited from a sympathy vote, given its threatened demolition by a consortium of former association football players.

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  2. Very impressive stuff. The task is much harder these days because of brand new pubs appearing for the first time (micropubs, Spoons in particular) and increasingly challenging opening times. It’s not uncommon to find listed pubs that aren’t open at all on Mondays or Tuesdays and many more than shun lunchtimes due to changing social attitudes. Get cracking on Saturday and the islands!

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