There aren’t many people with a good word for the Potteries towns, even among it’s many escapees, but Mrs RM and myself (and my parents) love the place. Clearly it helps if you like gritty urban walks, basic pubs and calorific foods, but this is also one of our greenest cities, with some of our most interesting… Continue reading IS HANLEY CATCHING UP ?
For many folk the end of May signals the start of the major beer festival season, with Cambridge and Stockport fests cruelly coming up in successive weeks. They hold no interest to me. Mrs RM and I took the DeLorean to a short break in the pub capital of the UK to enjoy a stagger round one… Continue reading BACK TO THE FUTURE IN OFFERTON
The next time you’re passing Desborough on the B576, stop a while amid it’s industrial Northamptonshire charms. No Good Beer Guide pubs, but you will see the Big Society in action, as well as lots of corsets. What you immediately notice is a lot of new housing on the edge of town, pushing it above… Continue reading ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DESBOROUGH…
Not a gig review, because being told “x was really good, you should buy her records and stuff” is clearly pointless, but I will reflect on what a terrific live venue The Musician is. I’ve been here a few times, not specifically because of the sound or the Leicester pubs or the artists, but for… Continue reading EMMA POLLOCK AT THE MUSICIAN, LEICESTER
After that wonderful return trip to the Exeter Arms I walked through the Market Place towards the two new Beer Guide entries. It always seems an under-utilised space, and I was disappointed that the stall selling proper pies wasn’t there. QUAD was open, and the free art gallery there was worth my investment of 15 minutes,… Continue reading DERBY’S BASS LOTTERY
I took the Leicester-Derby train (22 minutes !) to visit the two new Beer Guide pubs and see how they’re getting on with demolishing the historic centres (quite nicely, thank you). I seem to have left my annual trip to Derby quite late in the year*, probably because we haven’t yet had our big family weekend in… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – EXETER ARMS, DERBY
Leicester City’s Premiership is the most astonishing event in my lifetime, even surpassing Mrs RM’s two pints of Old Peculiar on twenty minutes for shock value. To win it by 10 points is beyond belief. Lots of evidence of last night’s euphoria in the town centre today, but no giant picture of their unsung hero. Shinji… Continue reading IN PRAISE OF SHINJI OKAZAKI AND THE ALE WAGON