Another dull old month, ending with some bad news for your ticker (your Beer Guide completist, not your heart).
But at least I made the most of all 31 days in October, and all our vehicles survived their routine services.
Will I ever make a visit to Wales, Scotland or the Isle of Man again ?
The South-Western travels with eldest lad and Mrs RM in a campervan concluded Somerset and Gloucestershire, and then we made a more luxurious trip to a Saltash Travelodge and made some encouraging ticking on the Tamar.
Oh, and THIS turned up on the 18th;
I welcomed the new Beer Guide, even as it became apparent it was going to be about as much use as a sign saying “No Public Urination” when BRAPA is in town.
Some good news from October;
ALL the pubs I visited were open when they said they’d be.
Beer quality was pretty good, no pints taken back and reduce beer ranges paying off.
Staff were lovely, and contrary to what you were read the customers seemed to be following the rules, too. Those who don’t like rules are staying at home.
A mammoth 75 pub visits, of which 49 were GBG ticks. Not bad, 12 a week is my rule of thumb to complete the Guide before I die.
The 2020 GBG was retired as the new edition “dropped”, with a record number of counties complete despite the March-June hiatus.
PUB(S) OF THE MONTH
A great month for pubs, it really was. Old ones I’d missed before, new ones bought off Greene King and revived, shiny craft bars like the Craft Union place in Hitchin with its classic conspiracy theorist.
I loved the irreverent atmosphere and wonderful beer in the Brook in Great Cornard,
and the unspoilt St John in, er, St John proved that Cornwall does Bass better than anywhere outside Staffordshire.
But best of all was the longstanding landlady at the Devonshire in Sticklepath.
By then, I was starting to appreciate the charms of Devon, though it failed to top my Favourite Counties List.
BEER OF THE MONTH
I drank 3 pints of Bass at the Hare & Hounds at the start of the month and it was nectar, but Bass aside it was the Bourgogne that was drinking well in October.
Well, there’s four days till Thursday Lockdown, and only 685 pubs needed to finish the Beer Guide; I make that about 17 pubs per hour. Easy.