That pic above is of me, descending the steps to the Underbanks to a secret vault where I’ll be collecting the correct answers to my “Guess my favourite counties competition“, now into its 7th year.
The tension is growing in London (North-West), Bedfordshire and the Kingdom of Fife. Are they in my Top 2 ?
You may be surprised by what came second…
Runner-up, despite the finest collection of pubs in the world, some in a nice neat row to minimise travelling time.
Despite the beauty of the Boar and the Peveril and the Piccadilly Spoons.
And despite my love for the gritty, ever changing urban landscapes of Manchester, Stockport and Rochdale.
But 2nd is still 32 places above pretenders like Norfolk.
Perhaps cask OBB in Sinclair’s could make the difference next year.
And perhaps I won’t knock half a mark off for Quosh’s dress sense.
And perhaps I’ll feel even more inclined toward Manchester when the gigs come back.
But till the virus wipes its little feet on the way out, you’ll just have to make do with pubs with food, and Indian cafes,
and Bury and Wigan’s unique culinary contributions to the world.
Meanwhile, dream of a time when you can pop in the Hare & Hounds for a pint. Just a pint.
Oh, and if you’re needing a hair cut….
And yes, I DO know you’re in Cheshire, Stocky.