Perhaps strangely, I prefer driving Mrs RM to drink rather than the other way round.  Since she reads this, I’ll stop there. We had lunch at Buxton Brewery’s Tap, a place I’d wanted to visit for some time. Their apparent lack  of commitment to cask has upset some, but they’ve produced some of my favourite bottled… Continue reading BUXTON’S TAP


Mrs RM used to have Cheshire Building Society as a client, before they were taken over by Nationwide is a move seemingly designed to annoy Macclesfield Town. For a resident of Cambridge, she’s therefore more than usually familiar with East Cheshire’s underrated little towns and overrated hotels. Macclesfield and Congleton are still favourites of ours,… Continue reading SQUAWK


I’ve been a fan of Ossett beers since enjoying them in the Brewer’s Pride in the early 2000s.  They’ve grown their own estate of pubs organically since then, with their houses in Liversedge and Marsden really standing out.  A high turnover of a tight but distinctive range might the secret to their success, rather like… Continue reading OSSETT IN YORK