Well, I teased you with a promise of my favourite GBG counties, offered a great prize, and then failed to tell you what they were.
Baa Baa Toure gave me a disapproving look at my lazy blogging.
OK, let’s start with Staffordshire, in at a respectable 10th for a landlocked county without a standout Chinese takeaway (but keep reading).
As you’ll see, Staffs could be immeasurably improved by returning to pre-74 county boundaries and reclaiming Wolves, Walsall and West Bromwich as its owns, but there’s at least three essential pub towns here.
So let’s start with the pubs;
Some of our very best Pubs in Staffs.
You’ll know this one,
The best place to sample the Cooper’s beer is, of course in the Balti houses next door; Apne or Balti Towers, both great.
but you might not know this one from Hednesford. one of many plain but lively boozers round Cannock Chase;
Plenty of Cheap Pub Grub about, too.
And fiery scratchings.
Plenty of Hills in the Moorlands.
and impressive timber in the county town.
Churches – yes, they have churches.
And finally, a National Arboretum
And, of course, it’s the home of top Pub Man, Paul Mudge. ’nuff said.