Back from the in-laws in R.T. Wells by tea-time, without so much as a sniff of a pub. A day of small talk, vegetables and washing-up. Next year I’m staying in Skegness Butlins for Christmas.
Still, time for the second half of your free Festive DIY Calendar, all taken randomly from the last post of each month.
JULY – Gourmet Jam Jars in the Morecambe Hotel
In surveys, 0.2% (weighted) of my readers think Jam Jars are a good idea. This one is for them; may they rot in Ember Inns in Maidenhead.
AUGUST – All the choice you need. The Three Horseshoes, Coalville
A real highlight, this one. And not just because I got to meet the legendary Beer Mat.
Alan Winfield would have loved the 3 Horseshoes, though even he may have balked at the golliwog (if not the vest or the Wolves).
SEPTEMBER – A pink spectacular. My Guide map before the GBG 19 came out (late)
The associated post was just a whinge about daft opening times. You loved that post, oddly, and this page also serves as a useful map for American visitors.
OCTOBER – Brewery Tat in Nether Heyford
Some of you believe that Bass mirrors are now being knocked out in a factory in Taiwan, so ubiquitous are they. From Northants, something a bit different.
NOVEMBER – Shameful beer names at Crouch Vale
In 2018 we saw pubs start to tackle the appalling images and beer names that have prevented beer appreciation gaining a more diverse audience since 3,500 BC. Some of the worst examples still hang on, literally, in Brewery Taps in south Essex.
DECEMBER – A bustling Christmas scene from Stanford Club
If, like me, you’ve been compelled to visit pubs like the one above in Oxon, struggling to get through the crowds to the bar, consider this; only 6 days to go. Mark them off on your calendar.
Back to normality, or Oxford at least, tomorrow.