Sorry. In a Neil Young mood.
Harvest time in England, and this Old Man is preparing to reap the Beer Guide for ticks.
I’ve just completed my GBG cross-checking to establish which pubs in the 2019 Guide I’ve already done, and how many I’ll need to do to make progress in the next 12 months. It’s fun, particularly when a pub previously listed under Holywell is now listed under Dolphin to annoy me. Or changed their name for the third year in a row.
My famous pink marker is exhausted, but Matthew just complimented me on my straight lines, which is better than compliments about my musical taste I suppose.
Here’s the summary spreadsheet.
Ignoring a few already done since Thursday, I went from 3.949 at the end of GBG18 to 3,513 in the new edition. The damage done was 436 pubs lost from the Guide, replaced by brand new entries and some oldies from the time before ticking.
You’ll be surprised at some of those losses when I do a more narrative review of the Guide. And before you ask, all the newbies aren’t micropubs.
Only a man without a Heart of Gold wouldn’t feel sorry for BRAPA as his own tally is decimated by those new micro pubs and tap rooms he loves so much.
Obviously, a Man needs a
Maid Mrs RM to provide ticking company if he’s going to achieve the 600 pubs I’m targeting this year. I’ve decided that drinking the dregs is OK.
Are you ready for the country, retiredmartin ? There’s a World out there to tick.
Starting with Stotfold…