Sometime blogging is easy. All I need to do is show you the frontage of a gorgeous backstreet London pub, and a couple of foaming pints of BBB, and make a joke about pashminas. Job done. Oh, and stick a map in. I was a bit confused, as the King’s Arms sounds a bit familiar,… Continue reading HARVEYS + LANDLORD = MORE BOROUGH BRILLIANCE
There’s an amazing thing about the new Beer Guide, genuinely extraordinary if you’re a GBG nerd. Here’s a little extract from The Big Spreadsheet showing my progress by GBG chapter. For the first time ever, ever, I’d completed a chapter on Day 1, without lifting a finger. And it was Central London. Yes, the… Continue reading A BOROUGH BOUNCE
Back to a Proper Pub, not just Proper Football for my 4th tick in GBG20. The first month of a new GBG sees me heading out for the Great Home Counties Clearances; Cambs, Herts, Beds, Essex and Bucks. In 2019 you expect all the new entries to be called things like “Millies @ No.37” or… Continue reading PUBLIC BAR, POTTON
Two days into GBG20 (the embargo days, anyway) and my first non-traditional tick. Loads of Beer Guide entries that don’t look like a Sam Smiths or a Marston’s 2-for-1, of course, and more by the year, even ignoring all those converted banks and shoe cupboards that are now Spoons and micropubs. And don’t get me… Continue reading GOOD BEER GUIDE 2020 – NOT JUST PUBS
Misleading advertising already. There is no cask at the week old, long-awaited Cambridge BrewDog. The Nine to Five Wizard sold on the Saturday it came in, or so a delightfully cheery barman told me. That sort of occasional cask availability won’t get BrewDog in the Beer Guide, and I bet the BDs are devastated about… Continue reading RING OUT THE BELLS ! CAMBRIDGE GETS ITS BREWDOG
Straight into the new GBG20 entries, then. I expect Duncan did them in 1987, mind. None of you guessed No.1. Of course, it was the Red Lion in Maldon. Almost a clue in the name. Sort of. Mrs RM and I met Joan and Dave Southworth there and used up lots of Spoons vouchers on… Continue reading HOUGHTON MILL, GREENE KING THRILL
Grief, I nearly forgot to jump on the bandwagon by doing a new Good Beer Guide post on official launch day, the nation’s second favourite after my birthday Ed Balls Day. First things first. Thanks to all the CAMRA volunteers who recommend and score pubs. They do a fantastic job. Ignore the naysayers who tell… Continue reading HAPPY NEW GOOD BEER GUIDE 2020 DAY !