I’ve a big batch of posts coming up from The North (the real one) that will get me up to date, but before that here’s a quick review of Manic May (not a political reference).
Despite ten straight dry days in the middle, it seems I racked up 59 new Good Beer Guide pubs in May, across 17 different counties. All that was bookended by two stays in Scotland that contributed half that total, and my 10,000th GBG pub,
And no midges !
You’ll soon see that my month’s highlight was my catch-up with legend and GBG completist Duncan (Pubmeister),though the pub crawl round Worthing with Hitchin John certainly produced the best overnighter of the month,
while the Borders jaunt with Charles produced the most innuendo.
I’ve no idea what Mrs RM has been doing the last month.
New Pubs of the Month – Levenhall Arms, Musselburgh
Two instant classics in Musselburgh, which also had a classic Ghurka curry house. Better than Edinburgh, almost. The Levenhall is all I want from a pub, except it’s 300 miles away and doesn’t serve Bass (yet). The small child knocking her drink over the dominos was the best drama of the year so far.
jointly with the Volunteer Arms (Staggs), also Mussleburgh
which was a slightly less tough-edged affair, and more beery, but just as comfortable a pub. And with a Bass mirror.
Beer of the Month – Fuller’s London Pride (Keg), @ the Platform, Southampton
The best cask was the Jarl and Green Devil in the Staggs, but my best beer was the unpasteurised Pride, decanted into a cask glass for extra bubbles.
No cask zealot, me.
Discovery of the Month – Bellingham, Northumberland
A wonderful border village with great gravestones and a top pub for my 10,000th.
Themes for the Month – crumpled lists, motivational words
I don’t know why I bother telling you my plans. I never really plan.
I’m up in the Wirral tomorrow, on a tour of Southwold with my Sister on Tuesday, before delving into Dorset and probably attempting some Dumfries later in the month. 50 new pubs minimum.
The wonderful Clifford Beer Fest on 24 June is the only fixed point.
Oh, and Melt Banana on Wednesday.
And I nearly got to the end without remembering this one;