Legally I have to provide you with a summary of the previous month’s posts. Despite knocking out 62 of them, I’m still at least a dozen posts behind, including one from here;
Forty-five (45) new GBG pubs in eighteen different counties, which may itself be a record. Russ will know.
My little GBG map looks like an elephant.
Here’s the shocker; some really great beer in November. Average NBSS score 3.38, the highest since October 2004*.
Obviously, meeting Simon (twice !) was the highlight. Here he is, looking like a PubMan David Soul in the Chequers in Little Gransden. A revisit for me, a revelation for both of us. If there’s any justice it’ll be CAMRA National Pub of the Year.
Oh, I did meet a few other legends too;
Sorry, wrong pic. Meeting Roger Protz and other legends in St Albans was a great day. Even with just the one new tick.
LEGEND OF THE MONTH – CITRA
Mick’s appearance mere weeks after his heart attack is an inspiration to us all, and his post on the subject a lesson in understatement.
HAIRCUT OF THE MONTH – CY GODDARD
This guy never lets us down on Proper Pub days out either.
Romania was tremendous, even if you all hated the photos of craft beer bars. So here’s a shot Mrs RM took in the ladies loo.
NEW PUB OF THE MONTH – Reading Room, Wheathampstead
Brand new, a GBG cert, and at 3pm when the schoolchildren came in it was the cheeriest place on earth. Weird stuff on the walls.
BEER OF THE MONTH – The one on the list below, below Morning Glory, at Beer O’Clock. Sorry, cask fans.
I have some crazy ideas for December. Prompted by Pub Hermit, I may go to the Isle of Wight and get stranded there when the Solent suddenly freezes over.
In the middle of the month I’ll be taking BRAPA to some hard-to-reach Fenland pubs and pulling over on the side of the A605 so he can go for a wee.
And I’ll be finishing London, Leicestershire, Warwickshire and more.
And taking photos of Ullage next to roaring fires.
*Yes, of course I made those up, but I know Americans love numbers.