Due to a lack of family accommodation and quick train travel, I’d managed to avoid Deal until a few years ago when we braved a night in a Walmer campsite. An evening in the Berry, Just Reproach and Ship, and a day exploring Middle Street later, and it was one of our favourite UK towns. The torrential rain put the… Continue reading KINGSDOWN – A RAW DEAL ?
Thanet is the one of the UK’s great places to visit pubs, unless you really detest micropubs or the seaside. No doubt I’ll be heading back that way despite having visited all the Beer Guide pubs now. I’ve also enjoyed Folkestone a lot. It’s not quite Hastings, but has a few steep Dickensian streets, decent… Continue reading WEST OF FOLKESTONE
There’s a few pubs I always thought would be certs for my Top 100 when I’d revisited them to confirm their continuing brilliance. It was a mild disappointment that the Great Western’s beer wasn’t quite at the level I’d expected, but I’m confident I’ll be back soon to review that decision. The Vine looked even… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – THE VINE, WEST BROMWICH
As promised I’ve been spending the occasional day locally, visiting some of the “wonderful” (flat) Cambridgeshire countryside. For context, the AA Guide of 1001 Walks in Britain features one walk in Cambridgeshire, and that’s at Wicken Fen. Mrs RM and I found a ten mile circular between Snailwell and Fordham, where you’ll find quite a… Continue reading WATER BUFFALO AND DOOM BAR
I had a few beers with West Brom’s pub expert (and only Arsenal bondholder) in Wolverhampton, as you do. The company was first-rate, the pub staff and customers were cheery, and the beer was good to excellent. Only a failure to remember to eat the faggots and grey paes soured the afternoon later. The… Continue reading THE POSADA, A GEM IN WOLVES
A sure sign I’m getting older is that I appreciate Shrewsbury more now than 20 years ago, rather than finding it in any way complacent and old-fashioned. I even like the wonderful Dingle, spending more time in total there this year (10 minutes) than my own garden. As a rule, I like change; as long as I can… Continue reading SHREWSBURY – THE SAME, BUT EVEN BETTER
I’m getting a bit bored of micropubs. There’s a predictability about layout, clientele, breweries and even the price of a pint (no need to ask, it’s £3). I appreciate that I’m wrong though; micros are revitalising real ale, increasing the number of pubs and allowing tickers to tick lots of overhopped beers. But there you… Continue reading MUCH ADO ABOUT MICROS IN SOUTH WARWICKS