Yesterday I had  a day out with Dad in Alrewas, visiting the National Memorial Arboretum.  One of the highlights of retirement is the opportunity to spend time exploring with parents, as long as you can avoid taking up golf. The Arboretum is a site of remembrance and reflection, and particularly poignant for Dad, who still… Continue reading ALREWAS


Macclesfield is one of my favoured overnighters when I visit Manchester, competing well with Glossop, Stockport and Chadderton on my balanced scorecard, which rates the following:- Travelodge for under £30 Short train/metro into Manchester Access to new bit of UK to  explore At least 1 new Beer Guide pub in walking distance Holts, Robinsons or… Continue reading THE MACC DADS


Cambridge remains one of the UK’s top pub towns, with a good handful of characterful free houses providing beer quality only matched, to my taste, by central Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Newcastle-under-Lyme among major towns.  The Cambridge pub “scene” has been improved in recent years by Milton Brewery’s 3 town openings and local legends Terri and Jethro’s… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – THE MILL, CAMBRIDGE