I was delighted to read recently that the good landlords of Melsonby and Aigburth had randomly changed their opening hours to deny fellow GBG-completists Simon and Duncan the chance to finish North Yorkshire and Merseyside recently. They can see what a finished county looks like above; Lincolnshire looks splendid in pink. The Hare & Hounds… Continue reading BUT IS IT A PUB ?
Another London Sunday night gig, another attempt to find nice things to say about N1. Having just completed the capital’s Beer Guide quota for 2017 (not all in one night), and with no obvious pre-emptives, I had a rare evening not dictated by The Book. So I rambled aimlessly for an hour or two… Continue reading FROM WEST BERKSHIRE TO LA SCALA
Interesting series of Twits* about Leek last night, kicked off by this, "Got my 27,000th beer tick last Thursday" announced the rather excited & proud punter in a Leek pub who didn't appear to have any friends — Martin (@6TownsMart) March 26, 2017 reminding me to write up our mini-trip to “The Queen of the… Continue reading LEEK – BASS, BUCKETS, BALTI
I’m not claiming it’s sunnier than Manchester, but everytime I got to Folkestone I get unseasonably warm weather. Two years ago I had this view from the The Leas, but on Tuesday Bello Gelato had decided to be shut on the hottest day of the year so far. That was a shame, as this is… Continue reading FIRST-RATE FOLKESTONE
There’s no case I won’t take on. Except the case for Maidenhead (until a resident comes on here and challenges me to discover its hidden allure). All of our other towns have their merits, even Ashford. And nearly all pubs have some appeal, although an Ember Inn in Maidenhead (is there such a creature ?)… Continue reading IN DEFENCE OF SHEPS
Alan’s reflections on his honeymoon yesterday made me laugh (sorry Alan), until I realised my own wedding night was spent in a pub on the edge of Dunstable, and followed by a tour of Southsea’s finest hostelries. It all went downhill when we got to Brittany… The other excursion from Folkestone is, of course, to… Continue reading ANOTHER DOVER MICRO, ANOTHER WINNER
My postbox is full of letters from readers asking why I never visit Ashford. The truth is that there hasn’t been a new Beer Guide pub there since The Reformation*. The answer people really expect is that Ashford is matched only by Maidenhead for its ability to create a void in the soul. At one stage they… Continue reading TAKE THE FIRST TRAIN TO ASHFORD