I know you’re always keen to know where I am when I write this rubbish.

This post comes to you from the deserted Travelodge on the M18/M180, a short but scary walk from my final South Yorkshire tick.


The bus from Peterhead to Fraserburgh was less scary, but who knows what Scottish pubs will spring on us.

Another great fishing port, one I’d assumed a bit more upmarket than Peterhead.

But. I dunno. It’s no Southwold.

Some grey granite, some Perth like wide boulevards, and that was that, bar the inevitable “greenery growing from buildings”.

Scruffy steps to McEwans

It was lovably scruffy in parts, with a fair share of flat roof boozer magic for BeerMat to explore.

Neither the Kenyan or the Bellsea were in the Guide.

Instead we get the grandest hotel in town converted to a Spoons.

Some nice seating options, but few Professional Drinkers to break the monotony of middles-aged munchers.

Sassenachs all

Goff’s Dark Knight was today’s English invader, a rich tart NBSS 3. Though by tart I mean sour. So who knows?

One of the dullest Spoons experiences in a while, but every token used saves pubs as Cooking Lager will point out.

The highpoint was the display of Doodle and Games by Emilu, 7, visiting from Inverallochy.

Luckily the rare non – Spoons tick was anything but dull.

The Elizabethan is the sort of seaside estate pub that will never grace the Guide. Except in Great Yarmouth.

I know micros serve weird homebrew and micros serve the guvnor’s mates, but there’s a real joy about going in a sprawling estate pub that only BeerMat really knows.

It took a while to find the bar, and the lone Red Smiddy was well hidden behind the charity box.

Despite it being the lone pump the Landlady, disturbed from her fag break, turned it round to make sure it was the right one, rather than a BrewDog saison.

She also pulled it through, giving me a decent Kelburn (NBSS) to enjoy alongside the Mary Black soundtrack.

Just time for the street art before the bus.


  1. Brewdog Saison isn’t far from the truth, the Elizabethan was almost their tap when they first opened (and brewed cask). The Spoons has, by all accounts, hammered their cask sales.
    Your McEwans sign is on the Crown, which was one of the earliest GBG entries in the area, and would have fitted the description of “basic” very well at the time.

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    1. Scott,
      Many Primitive Methodist chapels were built in the nineteenth century.
      We’ve got “basic” pubs but why don’t we hear of “primitive” pubs ?

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  2. Love how you included this detail: “disturbed from her fag break.” Makes me wonder if she didn’t go right back to that break once she was done!

    Part of me is curious about these BeerMat-approved estate pubs, but I can’t help thinking I wouldn’t find them so very different from certain American bars: no frills drinking establishments where locals go for a lager or three. Perhaps I need to enlist BeerMat as my guide. 🙂


    1. She did ! Actually, she may have been on her way out when I tipped up, and was certainly out the front with the regulars as I left. Loved that.

      BeerMat would fit right in all those hard-drinking places where Yanks drink two bottles of Bud and then fall over.

      Talking of Yanks, this video has been doing the rounds today. Hopefully you can view it.

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      1. Fascinating! Never saw Burgess Meredith in his younger days, that alone was an interesting experience. I wonder if, apart from the staginess of the whole production, you felt that the fundamental lessons being taught were good ones. I reckon the badly behaved American soldiers were a good bit worse than the bad example they provided here!


      2. I’m no fan of history, but I was actually quite impressed with that. The British version would have been very wooden. Good advice but I’ve no idea what pubs were like back then!

        A guide to American pub tourists in 2019 would be good (“NEVER ask for a top up”).

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      3. I like history. It reminds me of when I were a lad.
        Servicemen from overseas in a London pub are included in the short 1941 film From the Four Corners but I can’t find it on you tube.

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      4. I noticed an unusual dart board and no handpumps so presumably beer straight from the cask.
        Being filmed in Midgham it might be the Coach and Horses that now sells Draught Bass but at much more than 1s 6d a pint now.

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