It seems I don’t always do a separate December review, but as you know I like order, and it gives me a few more hours to think about the awards issue.
A more exciting travel map than a year ago, anyway, even if it looks a bit squeezed into the middle. I did see the sea briefly, at Largs.
Just back from a 15 mile walk round Edinburgh which was great in the “heatwave”, but a birthday in Paisley and a night in Stoke are always going to be the highlights, aren’t they ?
OK, it was pretend Bass in the Coachmakers, but needs must in the month the Bass ran out.
No ? Oh, go on then, a return to publess Pymoor at the request of the pitchfork waving Fenlanders was the high point.
I also thought Paisley looked stunning as well. Book your summer holiday there before the hipster cotton on to its many charms.
I did get one gig in, and Hackney Wick looked rather gorgeous with the backdrop of the Olympics and East London’s revived industrial heart.
Blimey, ninety (90) different pubs in December, of which fifty-seven (57) were new Beer Guide ticks. That’s more the progress I need to complete the Beer Guide this year, of which more later.
PUB OF THE MONTH – SUTTON ARMS, FINSBURY, LONDON
Tricky one this month, as the best pub were the Coachmakers and the Roebuck on rare revisits, but London’s revival continues as the Sutton produced the best landlord of the year and a reminder of how well the capital does basic corner pubs when you let it.
BEER OF THE MONTH – TEMPEST “ALL THE LEAVES ARE BROWN” IMPERIAL BROWN ALE AT PAISLEY CRAFT BEER Co.
One for the BBB purists, really. Lush.
TAKEAWAY OF THE MONTH – MADRAS GRILL HOUSE, PAISLEY
South Indian Garlic Chilli Chicken and onion pakoras. At midnight.
JANUARY ’22 PREVIEW
Time to go south, I guess. Aldershot, anyone ?