I was tempted to call this Deal or no Deal, as on Sunday in Dover I contemplated making a short train trip and longer walk to this great pub. Deal won out, though the walk in the dark back up the hill from Dover station to my Premier Inn wasn’t the type of excitement I need at my… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – THE BERRY, WALMER
Falmouth-Brightlingsea-Manchester-Dover-Manchester is feeling like an ambitious schedule at the moment, but I need to follow the trail of cheap Premier Inns. I’ve been visiting Dover regularly the last few years, as it gradually acquires a proper pub scene to accompany it’s underrated scenery. It’s still a mess, but it’s hard to ignore the beauty of… Continue reading WELCOME TO ENGLAND
I had the great pleasure of meeting Jeff Bell, one of our finest publicans, in the Piccadilly Tap, while enjoying their excellent Boggart Rum Porter. Jeff complained about the Manchester weather, which rather amused me, as I always seem to get glorious sunshine when I venture up from the grey, flat South. This is… Continue reading SADDLEWORTH
Last night Mrs RM and I went to see a rare shared musical favourite at Cambridge Corn Exchange. Until this week Daughter have managed to avoid the mainstream, putting aside the 71 million* YouTube views of this early track; Yesterday they started a sold-out tour and released a remarkably moving 2nd LP which only… Continue reading DAUGHTER & THE WILD YOUTH IN CAMBRIDGE
My 3rd trip down to estuary Essex in as many months was to pick up a new electric guitar for my son, who has acquired musical proficiency faster than he’s acquired musical taste, judging by the stream of Sabbath coming through the wall. At least he has an interest. Brightlingsea is an attractive riverside town… Continue reading BAMBERG IN BABERGH
Back in Cambridge now, I was persuaded by a positive write-up in the local CAMRA newsletter to visit the Golden Hind for the first time in several years. This is one of the large roadside pubs built by Tolly Cobbold in the 1930s, and for many years known only for its size and architectural interest. In recent… Continue reading TOLLY FOLLIES – GREENE KING TRIUMPH ?
It’s a flying visit to my sister, and a first trip to Falmouth without a beer in that town’s wonderful pubs. It looked quiet; even the Harbour Lights chippy was shut for winter. You can’t really visit the ‘Front without a takeaway from there. Same great views though. I did get the chance to explore Camborne… Continue reading CAMBORNE – MERTHYR WITH PALM TREES