I promised you (well, US Dave), the results of my cross-checking the new Good Beer Guide tonight, so here it is.
Having marked in pink all the 4,508 entries in GBG22 that I’ve already done, like this;
I calculate I’d visited 3,927 pubs by the time the new GBG “landed” (ugh). That’s 87.1%, fact fans.
I’m bound to have missed a few that have changed name or address; you may be shocked to learn that St John’s Town of Dalry has lost its St Johns Town.
THE DAMAGE DONE
At the end of the GBG21 ticking year I’d ticked off 4,122 pubs in that book.
Some of the pubs that left (like the Great Western in Wolves), were replaced by new ones like this modern classic in Oldham, of which more later.
THE TASK AHEAD
Even if you’re not a retired Finance Director (who can’t turn a computer on) like me, you’ll know that 4,508 entries in GBG22, less my 3,927 already visited, means 581 pubs to visit., about 11 a week assuming no holidays or domestic crises. It CAN be done, and no doubt a future post will examine some of the strategy behind doing it.
Of course, it’d be a lot easier if pubs like the one I attempted today would open when their website and Facebook says they open, but where’s the fun in that ?