It’s raining in Malta so I’m catching up with my blog and working out how many pints of craft I can afford with my euros.

Cheap Craft

It’s 2.50 euros for Stella if your eyesight is as bad as mine.

A far cry from Malta, the Peak District softens a bit as you wind towards Ashbourne, with no sign of snow as you reach the Derbyshire border.


Now it’s not surprising I’ve never been to tiny Crowdecote before, but just over the Staffordshire border Longnor looks stunning, with two (non-GBG) pubs serving Robinson’s and John Smiths Cask.

There’s a lot of Britain to explore, folks, and not all of it reaches the Beer Guide.


Crossing the border brings you close to the pastoral White Peak, and you need binoculars to see the snow that is at that moment closing the Snake Pass.


As with snowy Allgreave, Crowdecote is just a pub, a farm and a sense of being very far from the craft beer worlds that are Macc and Buxton.

My shadow for posterity

I could have lumped the Pack Horse in with the Rose & Crown; they share stone walls, horse brasses, genuine welcome, and pride in their beer range.

Beers you’ve never heard of, but not in a bad way

It rarely happens these days, but the landlord was actually pulling a pint when I walked in. That made up my mind for me, anyways.Β  The Pitchfork was superb (NBSS 3.5+).

The Guvnor

The Guvnor had a very unconvincing Derbyshire accent;

Cheers Pal

Yes, he was from Staines, so I got to exchange notes on the Beehive, as well as finding out the life story of the couple of retired-but-less-than-gentlefolk from Runcorn.Β  Folk from Runcorn do have interesting life stories, don’t they ?

On another subject entirely, great lacings.







    1. He’s only heading to Malta in a vain attempt to escape the Groupies he’s acquired since the Beer article appeared, perhaps not realising that all Cynthia Plastercaster takes impressions of these days are pink highlighters. I’ve heard he’s referred to as “the shy one”,
      We can but assume that you are a man of more resilient character and able to brave these things out.

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      1. I thought that might have reached meltdown by now.

        May peek in and drop a hand grenade or two tomorrow, if I can be bothered. Wondering if GK East Coast IPA meets Nu-CAMRA definition of “modern” keg?.

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  1. “Crowdicote”

    “I” think “I” notice a slight spelling error. πŸ˜‰

    “the pastoral White Peak,”

    Is it called the Peak District because of all of the peaks?

    “closing the Snake Pass.”

    Is that near (or part of) the Oopnurthring?


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      1. Argh. And it was staring me in the face directly above the other spelling! (blush)

        Was going to check but was too lazy. I blame my better half. πŸ˜‰

        (doffs hat at your sleight of hand there) πŸ™‚

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  2. I get confused imagining someone saying “Cheers Pal” in England, because the “cheers” part sounds 100% English to me, but the “pal” part sounds like something I’d hear in New York City. Do you hear people saying “pal” a lot in England?

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      1. Yes, very Northern, I’d say. Like “mate”, it can come across as a bit confrontational depending on the tone of voice. “What you doing there, pal?”

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      2. I am late on this yet again due to another week in hospital.
        Where i come from pal or mate can be said in different ways to either sound friendly or aggressive and i have used it in both ways in the past.

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