MARCH ’17 STOCKTAKE

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March Highlight – Royston Spoons

Not only do I rely on folk in Crewe, Stockport and Newbury to spell-check my posts, I rather expect anyone to point out the absence of a March stocktake.  I was rather thrown by BRAPA summing up before month-end, a heinous crime.

So fashionably late, we have;

40 new GBG pubs across 18 GBG counties, the latter possibly a personal best. That helped finish off East & West Yorks, all of London, West Midlands and Lincolnshire.

There was some opening times hilarity, of course, but I rather warmed to micropubs (the main culprit) in the month, and beer quality was almost universally good or better.

NEW PUB OF THE MONTHFez, Margate

Easy one.  Pubby cheer, Bass memorabilia, vinyl records, chaos.  A great night in Margate.

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Fez

 

BEER OF THE MONTH – IPA OK, Long Arm Brewery in the Pineapple, Kentish Town

An old pub, a chaotic night , an unreadable pump clip, and NBSS 4 beer.

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Pineapple

Beer quality in the Stockport Market Place stagger was superb too.

 

DISCOVERY OF THE MONTH – Dronfield

Not my first visit, but the first time I’d seen the attractive centre and a pub scene on the rise, underpinned by the wonderful Dronfield Arms.  Great walks in all directions.

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PUB CAT OF THE MONTH – not actually in a pub, but next door to the Falstaff, Ramsgate, so close enough. 

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The highlight of the month, apart from “An Inspector Calls” at the Playhouse, were the no less dramatic goings-on at Royston’s Wetherspoons, the most entertaining lunchtime session for some time.  Protein shake man demanding his fruit machine takings (top) will stay with me for some time.

In April, I will be visiting Cheshire, Preston, Ulverston and finishing off Leicestershire, Notts and Surrey, if Claygate’s hobby pub ever opens.

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