I start, of course, with The Outlaw, star of my (and our American friends) trip to the wonderful Waggon & Horses in Bewdley. This pub explains why people go to pubs on October nights, rather than watching Bake Off with a bottle of Cloudwater.
It had been a very good month ’till Milton Keynes, the sort of pub tick that makes you doubt your sanity. Can’t the Beer Guide just drop Buckinghamshire ? (and add the rest of Ireland).
Fifty-two (52) new Beer Guide entries in the month (that’s 52, Simon), completing Central London, Warwickshire, Rutland, Northants and Suffolk chapters.
A lot of Midlands marauding this month, with a couple of top pub crawls in Bewdley, Birmingham and Leicester with the legends that are Messrs Dick, Dave, Len, Peter (x2),Paul, Citra and Yorkie (+ others). A Supergroup there, if ever I saw one.
My (completely unposed) Photo of the month shows Pub Curmudgeon celebrating the Tull sneaking onto the jukebox at the Criterion.
Other Highlights included a first trip to the Royal Albert Hall since The Smiths to finally see Tori Amos and meet Substandard Nerd, a gig-going legend, the ticking of two pubs open ten hours a week, and the belated realisation of the purpose of Ilford. (cheap curry).
New Pub of the Month – Rock & Roll Brewhouse, Birmingham
“I don’t know why I love you” sang the House of Love. And I did find it hard to explain the appeal. Not that the R&R Brewhouse would have such duff music playing. Open ten hours across Friday and Saturday, a classic.
Runner-up – Crown Point Tavern, Denton
My best blog title (wasted on you lot), the best kneeling outside the NFL, and possibly the busiest midweek pub of the month. Denton was great.
Beer of the Month – Tiny Rebel Beat Box, King’s Head, Stamford
Stamford, always excellent, just got an NBSS 4.5. This was the sort of beer that makes it all worthwhile. Tiny Rebel again, I note.
A very exciting month, with trips so far confirmed to the dentist, Columbia Road Flower Market, Salford, Brighton, Hull and Durham. Lots of gigs, including David Thomas Broughton, Aldous Harding and Mammoth Penguins. I’m so trendy.
Oh, and a pint in Leeds with the bloke who took this photo;
You’ll know who it is.