I forgot to include the classic toilet art above in my posts; it comes from the worst pub of the month. Ten points for guessing it.
Some great road-trips in February, to exciting places like Daventry (return), Keighley (twice), Rochford and Newport. In between some energetic uphill walking, six GBG counties were completed, finishing off most of the Home Counties. In total, 49 new GBG pubs in February, which is nice.
The theme for the month was opening hours (sorry), though a few micro-pubs did stay open long enough for me to visit them. Beer quality was good throughout.
Highlight of the Month – Getting my first serious abuse on this blog (for this post), and about time too. I had to binge watch the Borgen Box Set to cheer myself up. The musical highlight came last night in Leeds (report tomorrow), and will stay with me for some time.
New Pub of the Month – The Tiny Rebel in Newport was the best mix of pubby atmosphere, wide mix of customers, quality cask & keg, and 1,500 calorie stodge.
I revisited some classics as well; the Brown Cow, Alehouse and Red Deer all getting a place in my coveted Top 100. Getting kicked out of the Alehouse at closing time, the first time I’d heard last orders in years, was a shock.
Beer of the Month – Blue Bee Pale in the Red Deer (NBSS 4.5) – falling in love with Sheffield daytime drinking all over again.
Mrs RM drank the bottle of Dirty Katarina left over from the calamitous Dutch beer tasting session in January, and scoffed most of the scratchings in the Dove on Sunday. What a constitution she has. She’s my #PubMan of the Month.
Pub Cat of the Month – Reg in the Valley, Bishopston
Pub Rat of the Month – Sir Quinno’s branch mascot in Reading
Coming up in March I have a trip to the dentist (limited ticking there), Sunderland v City and some Teeside ticks at the weekend, French death metal, an evening in Fernhill Heath, and a Bathams Pub crawl with the legends that are Pub Curmudgeon and Liquid Len.