I’m surprised to get the chance to re-enter the magical world of GBG2020, and with a delayed publication date of 29 October for the 2021 edition I could in theory make some progress with colouring in the Guide.
But I can’t go inside pubs in Scotland and Wales yet, and I’m not convinced they want us with our 600+ positive cases a day, anyway.
So let’s focus on the four nearest counties (and ignore the Isle of Wight cos it scares me).
Note the lack of effort in pinking in Herefordshire. It’s possible I coloured in the Mappa Mundi by mistake.
3 hours it took me to compile this little list of pubs and their opening hours by looking at their Facebook pages.
Shocking handwriting; it went downhill after Milton Primary School when I’d have been slippered for that. Compare and contrast with Duncan;
A mixed picture on my handwritten list. 11 of the 20 are either not open yet or sticking to take-outs. Some of the others have much restricted opening. But they all seem to be coming back,which is a great effort.
Will Rishi’s largesse (15% cut in VAT, half price pub meals Monday to Wednesday) see some change in opening hour patterns ? Could I finally get a pint on Monday in Yorkshire.
No idea. And nor have the poor CAMRA volunteers, so GBG 21 won’t have opening times at all, I read today. Just as well, the printed Guide is not something to rely on in the best of years.
So lots of fun planning the next few months to maximise the use of the campervan, and that small window of opportunity for drinkers to enter pub, and of course get proper value from the CAMRA discount vouchers.
Hopefully the GBG Tickers Council will look kindly upon me as I claim a tick for the Triple fff brewery tap today. The bar was closed, buts surely a milk bottle full of Monnshine from the barrel is OK ?
Deal with it, tickers.
Coming next -Pompey.