A quick look at December before the big Awards issue.
An eventful month;
2,636 miles says Bing Maps, but unfortunately it’s a bit more than that as I had to spend a few days at home in between the trips. Average hotel/B & B price : £29.71.
Seventy-one posts, eighty (80) new Beer Guide pubs. Yes, 80. I think that’s a record. Mark Crilley reads this blog, he’ll know.
80 (eighty) was enough to finish off Berks, Bucks, South-West London, South-East London, Tyne & Wear, Derbyshire and Merseyside GBG chapters. A bumper month.
The A14 Huntingdon bypass. Hurrah !
On a personal level I was thrilled when Matt started work, barbering at Maclure in central Manchester. The fact he was working directly opposite the Hidden Gem where Tony Wilson’s funeral took place brought a tear to my eye on Christmas Eve.
Hadrian’s Wall looked gorgeous as I drove it from Wall to Haltwhistle, but taking photos while driving is
Workington looked great in the morning on my return after 39 years, though the council ought to sort that rain out.
Julia Jacklin singing “Head Alone” and “Pressure to Party” in Manchester was as good as life gets, unless those Scousers blow a 14 point lead (i’d love it, love it).
But the moment of the month came on my birthday (22 December, make a note), in Stanley’s Cask. Johnny Mathis and uninhibited dancing and great cask.
NEW GBG PUB OF THE MONTH – GOYT INN, WHALEY BRIDGE
The Goyt not only completed Derbyshire, it gave me Bass, Christmas jumpers and an excuse for missing the Stockport Stagger.
OLD PUB OF THE MONTH – THE ALBERT EDWARD, ECCLES
BEST BEER – DIZZY BLONDE IN LYTHAM (report to come)
I haven’t a clue, though I’ll probably do that irritating Cleethorpes outdoor bar that only opens at weekends, Manc Beer Fest and Halifax on 24/25th, and I’ll definitely head to Devon if the wather holds, which it probably won’t.
And yes, Duncan, I will show you my spreadsheet soon.