The pubs were open just down the road from our tick-less stop, though there turned out to be no beer in Lavenham. Mrs RM asked me if I wanted to go in the Greyhound, and I said no, before remembering 20 minutes later it meant she needed the ladies. They don’t teach you mind-reading at… Continue reading LAVENHAM – WOOL & WARM BEER
Or Opening Times (2). I knew it wouldn’t be long. Two weeks into the new Beer Guide cycle and my first pub that wasn’t open when all indications were that it would be. Beer Guide says Wednesday Open 12-2 WhatPub says Wednesday Open 12-2 Their own website says Wednesday Open 12-2 The sign in the… Continue reading I DON’T BELIEEEVE IT !!
I’m making a special effort to tell the folk behind the bar when their beer is really good. It goes down well, even in that London (OK, only had to do that once there this month). Simon mentioned some weird looks he’s had when complimenting the beer, but that’s more to do with the notebook in his hand… Continue reading IF THE BEER’S GOOD, SAY SO
You’ll know I’ve not overjoyed about the growing numbers of Ember Inns in the Guide. I’m not the only pub tourist with that view. It does seem that Wetherspoons get a lot more flak for running identikit dining places than Ember, Marstons and Greene King, and I generally find Spoons have a lot more… Continue reading HOLMES CHAPEL GETS THE EMBER INN IT DESERVES
Richard Coldwell contemplates the title of City of Beer in his excellent blog. It’s a timeless debate that provides easy copy for lazy journalists who are happy to confuse the number of breweries or handpumps with beer quality or pub character. At the CAMRA Revitalisation meeting in July the one moment of friction came when… Continue reading MANCHESTER – ALWAYS CHANGING, ALWAYS THE SAME
A few short posts while I try to sort out internet. Mrs RM has been “upgrading” our internet at home. My eldest son can’t play Oculus Rift or whatever he does, which is apparently a disaster. On Friday night, ahead of City’s “match” against Bournemouth, I saw John Murry (no a) at Gullivers. Manchester… Continue reading JOHN MURRY, GULLIVERS & THE £16 PINT
There’s been an interesting discussion on Twitter, sparked by Pub Curmudgeon’s blog, about the worth of the Beer Guide in attracting extra business. That issue might get lost among the fish though. Inclusion in the Guide feels more like a badge of honour than a licence to print money, and I guess there won’t be… Continue reading HOLTS MILD IN SUNNY SALFORD