Before recent sad events I’d never heard of the Spen Valley, the collective name for the cluster of Kirklees villages between Bradford and Dewsbury. It must be hard work in Tourist Offices in Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Drub. Surely the names alone sell the place ? You might think Bradford is the UK curry capital,but it’s Cleckheaton… Continue reading SPEN – LIFE AMONG THE LION BARS
On each annual visit Halifax reveals it’s treasures a little more. I’ve stayed here quite a few times recently, due more to the regular gigs at the wonderful Minster than new pubs. This trip for a family wedding meant giving a group of octogenarian teetotallers a tour round a town that they absolutely loved. It was Chinese… Continue reading WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HALIFAX ?
This weekend in Halifax for a family wedding has been a revelation, and not just because I managed to get a group of elderly relatives to skip the Premier Inn breakfast in favour of Wetherspoons (savings £34.73). They weren’t as impressed with the lads off to the St Leger on their second pint of cider by 9.15. There’s a post on… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – BIG 6, HALIFAX
The pubs of Belvoir are always a delight after a walk noseying around Leicestershire’s posh villages with funny names. Croxton Kerrial (translation – twitchy windows) wasn’t that far from Melton Mowbray, but I wished for the safety of that metropolis while being sized up by the populace. I think they thought I was a geese… Continue reading CRAFT COMES TO CROXTON KERRIAL
I was pleased when Alan Winfield started a blog to record his impressive pub crawls,often in the lesser known towns around England. Not only is it an impressive photographic record of our pub stock, it’s also a reminder of the variety of drinking places folk enjoy. You might think people like Simon Everitt and myself, who… Continue reading SUBURBAN COMMUNITY LOCAL, ST.NEOTS
I set off for the launch of the CAMRA Heritage Pubs guide in Preston this morning, but got no further than Grantham. My chosen hotel (not I hope a euphemism) had been trashed last night, and Preston seems to be full tonight (at least for tightwads like me). So I recovered over four cups of… Continue reading THE 9 O’CLOCK RUSH IN GRANTHAM
Well the new Beer Guide arrived on Monday, only a week after folk in Wimbledon and Essex were tweeting about their local pub being in it. Unlike the Southerners, I won’t be breaking the embargo by revealing entries before 15 September. Whatever my irritation with the postal system, the Guide itself is a wonderful thing,… Continue reading IN PRAISE OF THE GOOD BEER GUIDE