I’ve had a few draft posts in my “draft” (or is it draught ?) folder on Word Press for a while. NOW is the time to share them with you. Pubmeister beat me by a mere 3 months.
And the theme for GBG 22 is;
1) Name changes
Loads of pubs like to keep tickers on their toes by “modernising” their names.
In ancient Glastonbury, the Hawthorns I did only 2 years ago is now the much trendier Queen of Cups. WHY ? It took me a month for someone to tell me they were one and the same, and NO-ONE wants to make an unnecessary trip to hippy-land.
In the Hawthorns I’d pondered on the apostrophe in Church End’s beer, which brings me to,
2) A change in the way we think of apostrophe’s
Ralph’s Wife’s has tormented us tickers since it’s appearance in the Guide tucked away between sophisticated Preston and ramshackle Southport (or the other way round).
Surely a GBG typo ? Apparently not.
Full report coming up; its a cracker.
3) Opening times changes
As in GBG21, CAMRA produced a Beer Guide without any opening times, so chaotic were they in a Covid world. I only get grumpy if a pub isn’t open when its says it is, but some pubs seem to have decided their next week’s hours on the day. This board below is Christmas times*, but you get the point.
4) A change in the assumption that pubs will be open at weekends
As I continually say, pubs and brewery taps can open when they like, it’s a free world (does not apply to Maidenhead), but the inclusion of places like the excellent Rock Mill only open Monday and Tuesday evenings has certainly prompted debated on CAMRA Discourse.
5. A(nother) change of county for Danehill
This year the Coach & Horses in Danehill (North Sussex CAMRA) decides it doesn’t like its rowdy East Sussex neighbours and reverts to the West Sussex chapter And who are we to judge ?
6. A triumph for retiredmartin’s long range pre-emptive ticks.
In 2015 I visited the Royal Standard in Cambridge’s Mill Road. Re-opening after a period as a curry house, it was (at least then) operated by the same folk who kept the Cambridge Blue and Blue Moon, and was therefore a GBG cert.
Well. it only took SIX years. See also perennial “reserve lister” the Farmer’s Arms in Yaxley.
7. A change to the assumption that pubs have to be actually open to be in the Beer Guide.
The Salutation in Hulme had just re-opened on 29 October 2021, having been shut since March 2020, but had somehow still managed to get enough high beer scores to enter the GBG for the first time in my ticking lifetime. Duncan found a similar entry in Witney.
8. Changes due to Brexit.
Well, the Maison du biere in Ashbourne became the House of Beer, I guess.
9. A change in the Fens.
Standing in Ely in November, I checked for the closest GBG pub on the App.
“So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same”