In contrast to St Helens, I can’t claim to have been looking forward to my necessary trip to Selby, despite my recent acclaim for small shipbuilding towns in the east. I doubt Selby sees Goole as competition for the tourist dollar though. Pub Curmudgeon did recently highlight the appeal of the Abbey and at least one… Continue reading SAM SMITHS IN SELBY
A fairly perfect Manchester weekender included a gig, a City win over Stokelona, Manc sunshine, some new architectural discoveries and a few new pub ticks in St Helens. That all paled into nothing, compared with a chance to meet a top pub blogger in one of Manchester’s finest pubs. I’d ticked Cask some years back, but on… Continue reading LEGENDS AT CASK, MANCHESTER
Before the Cricketers Arms came along, some folk might have thought the Turk’s Head was pretty much St Helen’s beer scene. That would be a bit unfair, but it was the only place for a variety of guest beers. I’d been a couple of times, firstly when it was a runner-up for National Pub of the Year… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – TURK’S HEAD, ST HELENS
There’s a lively debate at the moment about the purpose of CAMRA. Pub Curmudgeon covers it well on his blog e.g. here. Most of the discussion leaves me cold. My own perspective is that local CAMRA branches do a vital job in promoting quality real ale by surveying and promoting pubs, resulting in the Good Beer Guide… Continue reading CAMPAIGNING FOR ST HELENS
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