Yes, life’s big questions. Apart from “Was that referee at Stamford Bridge last night really Delia Smith in disguise“. Today I say “Thank you, Derby CAMRA” for picking GBG pubs on the basis of beer quality, and giving us the White Swan in Littleover. a village-cum-suburb that BeerMat brings us regular reports from. It… Continue reading STRAIGHT OR HANDLE ? SPARKLED OR FLAT ?
Only the very best cultural references for you on this site (though I clearly can’t compete with Si on the latest BRAPA ). And one of the best films I’ll ever see, too. Three new pubs in Derby in GBG18, and some stragglers nearby, means an overnighter close to Alan Winfield’s favourite ground. The only… Continue reading 3 BORED BILLS OUTSIDE THE A601 RING ROAD, DERBY
I know for a fact that there are people who read this blog purely for the pictures of cheese and onion rolls in old pubs. This is for them. A trip underneath the A52 to Long Eaton, a town that thinks it’s in Notts but is clearly in Derbyshire, judging by the cobs in … Continue reading LONG EATON – BAPS & BEER OFF THE BRIAN CLOUGH WAY
More good pubs, more excellent beer. Dryanuary seems to be a roaring success so far. Rushcliffe is one of those boroughs that exist for the sole purpose of confusion when Members of Parliament have their constituencies flashed up on PMQs. See also: Haltemprice and Spen I’d call it posh Notts, but there’s plenty of plain… Continue reading ROCKIN’ RUSHCLIFFE STICKS IT TO DRYANUARY
Well, we got some nice photos, anyway. And a decent title. It’s a start. I’ve always wondered why the Staffordshire Moorlands between Stoke, Uttoxeter and Ashbourne is so poorly represented in the Beer Guide, bar the Yew Tree of course. There’s plenty of pubs, 5 in Alton alone, so I guess it all comes down… Continue reading ALTON SOURS
I could tell you this was the 27th micro pub I’ve visited this Guide year, and you’d believe me. Russ wouldn’t. He’s checked and it’s the 28th. What an exciting place Blythe Bridge is. Home to a steam railway with a recent Beer Guide entry, one of four recent GBG entries if I generously count… Continue reading BLYTHE SPIRIT
A return to Newcastle-under-Lyme can mean only one thing. Underpass street art. Folk fuss about Bristol and Manchester, but N-u-L is the place to go to see images of people you actually recognise. The tourist office (is there one ?) should do a leaflet showing these artistic high points, interspersed with Oatcake shops and micro… Continue reading MORE CASTLE, M’DUCK