A month that started here;
and ended here;
can only be a great month.
Dryanuary has been a roaring success,with a round 50 new GBG pubs (take that, BRAPA) in 15 counties. completing just Notts this time. And Nevada, of course.
Highlights were the pubs of Northumberland, the Manchester Beer Festival, and that “3 Billboards” film, which could put you off dentists for life. Stockport also looked enchanting last Thursday night.
NEW PUB OF THE MONTH – Station House in Durham was that rarity, a micro pub that felt like a pub, with plenty of space to hide away, do jigsaws or fall asleep.
BEER OF THE MONTH – Leyland Badger by Crankshaft at Bunbury’s in Bolton, Dark, rich and gorgeous. Great pub too.
BAR STAFF OF THE MONTH – Spoons in Galashiels, also the hangover of the month.
DRAUGHT BASS OF THE MONTH – the flat Bass at the Petersgate Tap, of course
PUB CAT OF THE MONTH – Felix, Blue Bell, Levenshulme. Another corker
A trip to Ally Pally, probably taking in a basic unspoilt pub in Whetstone, followed by a week in Malta for Mrs RM, and then a pub crawl round Oxford with Pub Curmudgeon and his Beer & Pubs Forum mates.
I’d tell you I’m going to the Isle of Wight but you wouldn’t believe me.