A quick review of a busy April and a look ahead.
Fifty-eight (58) new GBG pubs spread over twelve counties, finishing off the GBG counties of West Midlands (not a county), Norfolk, Surrey and Nottinghamshire.
Alan Winfield may well notice I haven’t yet brought you reports from Notts. That’s not because the pubs are dreadful, just a reflection on how far behind I am with posts.
Here’s a sneak preview of a future post; I bet Alan can guess the pub.
Despite my bugbear about too many pumps, beer quality was often excellent in April, with an unprecedented three scores of NBSS 4.5 given.
To the awards.
A basic National Inventory gem and a bar in a market, both with a sense of community to make you wish you lived in a pub.
Beer of the Month – Oakham Citra at the Live & Let Live, Cambridge
Just edging a supreme Pedigree in Welford, the Citra enjoyed during lunchtime at Fenners was a reminder about the strength in depth of the Mill Road pubs.
Discovery of the Month – Knott End & Fleetwood (joint bid )
I had a great time in Fleetwood over Easter, taking in the Wyre Rose ferry to Knott End and its classic WMC, which was almost as cosy as the Royal Oak.
Some classic banter in pubs during the month, some of which I heard.
Outrage of the month was the handled jam jars in Morecambe.
Big trips to Mussleburgh (Sunday), Dorset, Thanet and Matlock. Plus Hergest Ridge.
And a lot more blog posts 🙂