Not sure where March went, and I’ve a series of Scottish posts still to bring you, including two really great pubs among the NBSS 1 dross, so my highlights package is more C4 than Sky today.
And it’s being typed in a Tonbridge Premier Inn by the light from my I-Phone torch while drunk, so expect the worst.
March Stats – 58 (fifty-eight) new GBG pubs, 21 different counties, finishing off GBG chapters for Derbyshire, Oxon, Surrey, Tyne & Wear, West Midlands and East Yorkshire. Which sounds good, but unhealthy progress.
Some detailed social observation work in Solihull, Skegness and North Hull was memorable, but the highlight of the month was the sunset over Sheppey.
The view from the Monks Walk to Beverley Minster was equally inspiring,
and that classic town pub would have been my New Pub of the Month if nor for this one;
The Lion O’Morfe had it all. It’s in Salop, it’s full of farmers, serves trad beer and feels like your Aunt’s house. Possibly an undiscovered classic.
Best beer of the month came from the last pull from the barrel in a micro pub in Whitley Bay. Yet another Dire Straits reference on this blog.
Mrs RM has accompanied me on several of my trips, singing along to Dire Straits and Belinda Carlisle in northern pubs. (Bootleg tapes still available for £3.50 plus P&P.)
April starts with a tour of
Marston’s Banks’s Brewery and some classic Wolves craft beer huts and micros with Mudgie, Mudge, Ricardo, Hardy, Tom Cobbley and all. Lock up your gap-toothed daughters, Wolvo.
Then we have a week in the Campervan while youngest son is off with his college, probably targeting west Dorset, a weak spot for me.
April 18-21 is the East Anglian Beer Festival at Bury St. Edmunds, another campervan caper.
I should be able to complete Herefordshire, the Sussexes, Kent and Staffs, and the Isle of Wight. We’ll always have the Isle of Wight.
And best of all, I get to see Thyla for free in the Purple Turtle in Reading with Sir Quinno.