Since the latest Government advice came out I’ve had a week off from pubs. Mind you, as of August 28th my closest new tick would have been here;
Yes, in Welshpool, Mid Wales, Wales etc. I couldn’t be bothered to do it before the new Guide comes out. I should get B&Bs cheaper in September.
And I’d done enough. Forty-two (42) new GBG pubs, mainly in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Lancs and Dorset (exciting report to follow). If BRAPA beat that I’d be surprised. It took me up to the dizzying heights of 88% completion of the current (battered) GBG.
An odd month, August. The highlight, as always, was meeting the Southworths in Cambridge, though they failed to take a pint back this time, so good was the beer in the Blue.
And then a few of us, including the Stafford Mudgie, spent an evening on Brew Dog and Banks’s in Wolves (again).
Keeping up the Wolves theme, BeerMat and I went to a new (old) classic in Coalville that rather blew me away, as pubs on the A511 often do.
Weston-super-Mare looked superb as I completed Gloucestershire for the first time.
And the Forest of Dean finally unveiled it’s mysteries, even if one of them was Cinderford. The return visit to the Boat, across the Wye, reminds me that Gwent has all the best pubs.
NEW GBG PUB OF THE MONTH was Early Doors in Skipton, with the best display of pub values I’ve seen all year.
Runner-up was a slightly larger wet-led pub a mile from Cinderford in Upper Soudley where they also test the beer before serving it.
The beer was nectar there, but my BEER OF THE MONTH was this craft ale from one of our top Burslem brewers.
Sadly, in August a fair bit of cask went this way;
Oh, BEST PUMPCLIP AWARD GOES TO….
Out with this…
and in with GBG19, whenever it turns up.
Back from Dorset, there’ll be trips to East London (Prolapse gig), Manchester, Sheffield (as eldest son goes into digs next to the Shakespeare) and Beer & Pubs Day Out in Worcester. Plus no doubt the Isle of Wight (oh yeah).