Yes, I’m in a rush to finish the 2018 blogging so I can get on to my “Best Of” posts. Will that Milton Keynes Ember Inn make the cut ?

Last beer of the year, from rural South Leicestershire. Bass lives here.


The Railway in Countesthorpe was closed at 3pm when the GBG said it would be open last month.


Under the pressure of my usual interrogation, the Landlady admitted the Friday opening time was now 3.30pm. “Normally“. Another 5 minutes and I’d have caught it.

A Proper Pub

On Saturday lunchtime I had the Railway all to myself at 1pm, which just shows Countesthorpe folk think there’s better things to do with their time. They’re wrong, of course.

Yes !

Three pumps, two magical beers, a choice to have one R. Coldwell gnashing his teeth in hipster beer frustration.

I admire the way the spare pump, presumably reserved for Cloudwater Passionfruit Saison, has a Christmas hat on it.

And I admire those folks at Leicester CAMRA for adding another plain boozer to the Guide in 2018.

Plain is Perfect in this case.

Your only man

The landlady is perfect, too, cheery without being nosey, and leaving me to my life on Beer Twitter while she watches the extended highlights of “I’m A Celebrity“.

I ask for a cheese and onion cob.

I’ve got a cheese and onion mix“.

NOT cheese and onion

It says “c + o“. But it had chicken in it. I said nothing.

The exploration revealed an attractive games room just waiting for some oik from Cambridge to play skittles and hit the ceiling with the cheese. But not me. Not today.

Harder than it looks

More sedate pub games are available for the millennial.

Too complicated

Little concession to modernity here, with no WiFi or card machine.

I drained the Bass, a cool pint with tight foamy head close to a NBSS 3.5.

Last lacings of the year

And said goodbye to 2018.

Thank you darling”

And with that, I opened the door to the Old Boy in the “Masters of the Universe” T-shirt.

This is what Si will look like in 2050.

29 thoughts on “THE ONLY WAY TO END 2018

    1. It’s the future – Marston’s patent egg shell finish blue green. Like their beers, it is ubiquitous in crap pubs (and an odd decent one) across the UK. In fifty years time beer and pub commentators and compilers of historic pub inventories will be waxing lyrical about a cheap, tongue and groove panelled bar front painted in Farrow & Ball Blue Green and lamenting the sad loss of another rare and outstanding example. Plus รงa change and what goes round comes around. No doubt people said the same about the vulgar mahogany and etched glass bar backs emerging in the late 19th century.

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    2. I would rather have a pastel-painted bar front than a jazzy carpet trying to disguise the fact that there’s nothing of note above foot level.
      And proper pub games there too.

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    3. It’s those blackboards that bug me (on the right in the top pic – “Premium Gins” etc). I suppose they provide a living for the folk who draw them, but I wish they’d hurry up and go out of fashion.

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      1. On reflection Martin, it is probably you who is right; although in my defence your photo is a little blurred.

        Given the choice of T-shirt though, I’d go for a Hawkwind one, rather than a franchise I’ve never heard of.

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      1. It’s Parcheesi in the US. In Europe I think it’s Ludo. You can also see it as Sorry!, Aggravation or Trouble. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. > Will that Milton Keynes Ember Inn make the cut ?

    I do hope that it doesn’t edge out Maidenhead Conservative Club.

    > This is what Si will look like in 2050.

    What letter of the alphabet will he have reached by then ?

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    1. Sadly, I didn’t make it back to Maidenhead CC this year, Fred, so it’s not eligible for any reward. And Mrs RM turned down the chance of a job in Maidenhead that would have seen me living in the place (the Club, not Maidenhead).

      Si will be on T (in England). The GBG will include Arkansas and Delhi by then though.


  2. “A Proper Pub”

    Is that a portable bowling alley against the back wall?

    “Your only man”

    Blimey. I see what you mean about lacings.

    “It says โ€œc + oโ€œ. But it had chicken in it.”

    The ‘c’ could stand for chicken. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “just waiting for some oik from Cambridge to play skittles”

    Skittles, bowling… I was close. ๐Ÿ™‚

    “This is what Si will look like in 2050.”

    Complete with a QR code to link directly to his website. ๐Ÿ™‚


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