July 2020 will be one of those months that changed history, like December Year 0, December 1989 and of course December 1964.

That first month of pubgoing deserves its own post, especially for Tim of the estimable Ullage.

Pubs came back on the 4th, and standing in a queue in the drizzle outside Blyth Spoons I hadn’t been excited since I got married Cadbury’s announced that chocolate bar with banana filling (RIP) in 2015.

Blyth. 7.45am.  A nation awakes

The mere act of ripping off that first 50p voucher to get my sub-£2 pint of Doom Bar was almost spiritual.

James added the Blog Map to the site this month, so you’ll be able to search for places I’ve visited (eventually),  but having added July’s posts you’ll get the idea.

Blog map

A busy month, with eight nine campervan trips and some beautiful sunsets and sunrises around our coast and countryside.

Dawn at Ellesmere

And the pubs ?

55 pub visits to 52 different pubs in a dozen different counties.


Quite an effort, normally.  But only 21 of those were new GBG ticks.

Normally that would be a poor effort, but somehow I didn’t care.  At least pubs were back.

Blokes, Chester-le-Street

The awards

Best Pub – Rock Tavern in New Mills.  Mrs RM still wants to live there.


Best Beer – Theakston in the Three Horseshoes, Boroughbridge


Best Phonebox – Witcham, Cambs

Don’t ask

Best new music – Taylor Swift.  Yes, 2020 is a strange year.


Best mobile toilet – Triple fff Moonshine 2 pint container



August is a bit uncertain at the moment, as Mum has taken a turn for the worse*, so let’s take one small step at a time.  Plenty of time till the new GBG comes out, anyway.


*Nothing to do with my appearance in the Daily Mail.

Daily Mail



20 thoughts on “JULY 2020 STOCKTAKE

    1. Thanks Dave. But rub it in re Si, doncha 😉

      The only place I could visit to get anything like 51 new pubs in a week is Devon. Which is where I would be now if not for events. Still wouldn’t do more than 4 a day though 😉

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  1. “Best Pub – Rock Tavern in New Mills. Mrs RM still wants to live there.” – New Mills in general or the Rock Tavern in particular ?

    “Mum has taken a turn for the worse* – best wishes for a speedy recovery,

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  2. Sorry to hear about your mum, Martin. I know, only too well, what it’s like looking after elderly parents. Please wish her a speedy recovery.
    As for your appearance in the Daily (Hate) Mail, banging the gong for Tim – words fail me!
    Spoons vouches are obviously not enough, so when does your chauffeur-driven limo turn up, to conduct you on a promotional tour of Timbo’s finest beer barns? Or will it just be free breakfasts for life?? 😉

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  3. But did you order 4 breakfasts to get the maximum discount? You could always emulate Morgan Spurlock and have a month of Spoons food exclusively and see what it does the beer belly.

    All the best to your mum.

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    1. Thanks Scott.

      Was having exactly that discussion about gaming the system and ordering £40 of Wetherspoons food under 2 different orders to get £20 discount and then realising £40 of Wetherspoons food is about as sensible as 51 pints in a week in Surrey.

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