“Who’d be a referee in Radcliffe ?” . “Who’d be a pub ticker ?”

My last Nottinghamshire GBG tick for the year.  Please, no applause.  It was only 11 new pubs this year. Mostly micros though, must count for something. The final tick gave me some drama which I may explore in more detail on a Channel 4 Despatches programme about opening times and hobby pubs. I tipped up… Continue reading “Who’d be a referee in Radcliffe ?” . “Who’d be a pub ticker ?”

FULLERS TAKE THE BRASS, BRASS CASTLE TAKE THE PLAUDITS AT MANC FEST ’19

I’m no great fan of beer festivals, and not just because they take people out of pubs (I know, I know). And writing about them is much harder than writing about pubs. But Manchester Fest is always great fun, the beer is cool (in both senses), and being Northern people sometimes speak to you rather… Continue reading FULLERS TAKE THE BRASS, BRASS CASTLE TAKE THE PLAUDITS AT MANC FEST ’19

A STYLISH STOCKPORT START TO MANCHESTER BEER FEST 2019

PUBMAN WARNING: PUB-FREE POST I woke on Friday at Trivelles Mayfair (actually Heaton Chapel) relatively refreshed, determined to survive the Roger Protz beer tasting session at Manchester’s epic fest. A bracing walk down to Stockport cleared the head, if not the calories from Thursday’s crispy beef at Wing Lee (NCTSS 3.5). The walk takes in… Continue reading A STYLISH STOCKPORT START TO MANCHESTER BEER FEST 2019