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 ?
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
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.
On the blog, Greenland once again proved elusive, but I’m headed there this Summer to rectify that.
MOST READ BLOGPOST – PIERCEBRIDGE (again)
RETIRED MARTIN TOWN OF THE YEAR – HALIFAX
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”
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.
“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
HANDWASH OF THE YEAR – Wilko
PUB CONVERSATION OF THE YEAR – Lamb & Flag, Welney
“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
Here’s a clue;
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.
BEST CRISPS – TRUFFLED CHEESE & CHAMPAGNE SMUGGLED IN MANC BEER FEST
BEST DRESSED PERSON (again)
Runner-up – Chris Dyson
BEST PUB SEATING – UTTOXETER
BEST PUB CAT – NANCY, BRENTFORD
BEST BEER GLASS CARRYING – UNNAMED BLOKE IN THE STRAWBERRY
Runner-up – Dick in Slubbers
And with that image I put 2019 to bed.