I’m not saying Warwickshire is dull, but there were only two new entries (out of 48) in the Beer Guide this year. One of those was the inevitable, and rather wonderful micro in Nuneaton, one of the pubs of the year. My last tick wasn’t a micro. The Tilted Wig has been in Warwick’s… Continue reading WARWICKSHIRE HAS FALLEN
Always topical this blog. Never mind Johnnie Fingers, I’d assumed Paula wrote that one anyway. We’re enjoying a night in the campervan on Warwick racecourse for the bargain sum of £14. I’m assuming it’s cheap because a) You can’t see any horses, b) It’s wet and c) It’s Monday, so the pubs are shut.… Continue reading I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS
Obviously my son James’s choice of University will be determined only by a detailed cost-benefit analysis, with higher earnings built into a DCF model at discount rates of 13.7%. I was, however, hopeful he’d be looking at some exciting open days in Exeter, St Andrews and Lampeter, all places meeting his requirements and near Good Beer… Continue reading CHECKING OUT CHATHAM
“Did you enjoy your night staying in your own village” – “Yes” “And are you still going to slag my Facebook friends off” – “Yes” Mrs RM knows me too well. Some friends in Waterbeach had wanted to visit our own Milton Brewery* for a while, but needed a decent group size (25) to… Continue reading MILTON’S **** UP IN A BREWERY
I’ve always wanted to use that headline, the name of a pointless walk through nothingness to Cambridge. Reading the 35 year history of the walk tells you quite a bit about Fenland pubs. Far from walking, on Thursday night my sister and I took two rattling trains to March via Ely, while cousin Keith came in … Continue reading MARCH ! MARCH !! MARCH !!!
It’s raining micropubs in Essex, though in Billericay this is as much the Tap and bottle shop as micro. Billericay Brewing is in a prime spot behind the Waitrose, allowing a division of labour between buying Tzatziki and 7% IPAs if there’s two of you. The Tap Room is functional but pleasant, and you’ll struggle to… Continue reading BILLERICAY- REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
Autumn is a good season for me to reacquaint myself with all my favourite East Anglian towns, most of which seem to have a lone new entry in the Beer Guide this year. Surely micros will take over Essex as completely as they have done Bexley and Bromley; if they ever get to Harlow you’ll know they’ve arrived.… Continue reading CHELMSFORD – REAL MICROPUBS, FAKE PUB CATS