ANNUAL RETIRED MARTIN AWARDS 2019

Finally, the Awards.

Who will be this year’s Paul Mudge, Wolverhampton and Marsaskala Social Club ?

Will anything from my foreign jaunts get a look in ?

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

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Somewhere south of Dover
Williamsburg, NY
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The Isle of Wight, wherever that is

TOP 5 ALBUMS (yeah, like you care)

5. Hand Habits – Placeholder

4. Lomelda – M for Empathy

3. Aldous Harding – Designer

2. Big Thief – UFOF

1. Julia Jacklin – Crushing

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In ticking, 688 new GBG pubs, 30% up on 2018. 864 posts though, so there must have been a lot of pubbing outside the Guide. It does exist.

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Progress

On the blog, Greenland once again proved elusive, but I’m headed there this Summer to rectify that.

Stats

MOST READ BLOGPOST – PIERCEBRIDGE (again)

RETIRED MARTIN TOWN OF THE YEAR – HALIFAX

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The Piece Hall, great curry, exponential growth in new pubs, weird locals.. It was so good that Curry Charles went back there. Without me.

PUBS OF THE YEAR
3) The Angel, Ramsey – Drunk locals
Jo was on her 4th pint of Goose Island I think we can forgive her”

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Simon recognises a classic in Cambs

2) The Blue Mugge, Leek – The best pub, the best Bass, the best food, the best company. We stayed so long we were kicked out.

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Just…
  1. Alexandra Arms, Rugby – more drunk locals
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Carling from the jug

I know some good words said the drunkest of the happy mob. Oh yes.

Imprucity” I think I wrote that one down wrong.

And Petrichor. That’s a great word.” It was.

Our last trip with Richard. Simon loved it. I loved it too.

CHEAPEST PINT OF THE YEAR – £1.93, BRAINS BITTER, CARDIFF

And The Summer of ’69 free

HANDWASH OF THE YEAR – Wilko

Wilko Fruits , Three Pillars, Gravesend

PUB CONVERSATION OF THE YEAR – Lamb & Flag, Welney

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“Are you still wanting that pig then ?” –
Plum Porter, roaring fire, giant pike, irreverent banter, most of involving a word that rhymes with “duck“*and arranging to deliver a pig to Upwell. I belive that Netflix has the film rights to that one.

THE INAUGURAL PAUL MUDGE PUBMAN OF THE YEAR

Sorry Paul, we rotate

Here’s a clue;

Pints and crisps in the Abercrombie

and another,

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Chips in the Marble Arch

and one more.

Yes, never seen without a pint in hand, with two ESBs in half an hour in The Dove the award goes to Joan Southworth. I’ll send the award via Dave.

BEER OF THE YEAR – BLACK SHEEP

Always good, never better than in the Half Moon in Rugby. Not much was better than the Half Moon in Rugby, to be honest.

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Pub life

BEST CRISPS – TRUFFLED CHEESE & CHAMPAGNE SMUGGLED IN MANC BEER FEST

Thanks Stephen

BEST DRESSED PERSON (again)

Runner-up – Chris Dyson

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BEST PUB SEATING – UTTOXETER

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Uttoxeter

BEST PUB CAT – NANCY, BRENTFORD

BEST BEER GLASS CARRYING – UNNAMED BLOKE IN THE STRAWBERRY

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Newcastle

Runner-up – Dick in Slubbers

And with that image I put 2019 to bed.

15 thoughts on “ANNUAL RETIRED MARTIN AWARDS 2019

  1. I can say with great certainty that nobody loves English pubs more than Joan. Will I be able to get that gold trophy on the plane? She is absolutely giddy about the award!

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  2. Wow I must say I was surprised and very impressed you’d managed a 30% increase on 2018. You are superhuman, clearly!

    Your truffled cheese and champagne crisps are making my love of salt & vinegar ones seem decidedly pedestrian. 😉

    Thanks for another delightful year of reading, Martin, and for the steadfastness with which you reply to my comments and never ending questions. Really can’t imagine my life without your blog, and the many smiles it brings.

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  3. Congratulations to Joan and all the winners! Very glad the Blue Mugge made it. What a great pub.

    I would appeal but I do not own a dress. Well, one that fits, anyway.

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  4. Brilliant review! I LOL’d and so proud to be best dressed … still, I’d better up my wardrobe game in 2020 to keep my crown,

    Great to see the Southworth tribe nearly getting a clean sweep otherwise, very much the modern day Titanic, Avatar and David Jason rolled into one.

    If you don’t visit any pubs in 2020, you can let me catch up a bit AND you won’t lose as many when new GBG comes out. Win win?

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  5. Some well deserved award winners there. You need to use your considerable influence to lure the Southworths this far north. Interesting and successful map – Africa takes a bit of cracking. Your tally is around 200 more than me for the year, a fine performance.

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