Wetherspoons may be retrenching a bit, but their new (March ’16) pub in Portishead is a reminder of their ability to deliver what people want. Portishead is a smallish town in industrial, rather than beachy Somerset coast, and the development near the Marina is long overdue. Apart from our Premier Inn there’s a Sainsbury’s, Waitrose,… Continue reading PORTISHEAD’S NEW SPOONS – A GLORY BOX ?
We’ve been visiting a few stragglers in inland Cornwall, on the way to completing the county’s Beer Guide entries before Simon Everitt gets off the mark. I’ve enjoyed the industrial landscape round here as much as the coast. The remains of the tin mines at Porkellis Moor near Helston were particularly attractive, if a bit… Continue reading POLDARK, PASTIES & PHILLACK
I have one more wedding-skiving confession to make. During the post-legalities photos at Helston Registry Office yesterday, I nipped in the Blue Anchor. I didn’t get caught either. This is one of the great brew-pub survivors, a wonderful building, and one of the 25 entrants in the first 25 Good Beer Guides Mrs RM and… Continue reading 10 am, BLUE ANCHOR, HELSTON
I’ve been at my niece’s Tricia’s wedding to Jon in Constantine, Cornwall. An informal affair in a greenhouse with beer pong laid on. Mrs RM will tell you I don’t do weddings; our own was cheap and minimalist (until we got to Southsea). It seems Tricia also realises that, love apart, beer and falafel are all you need.… Continue reading IF CARLSBERG DID WEDDINGS
For a place with so much craft beer (craft by anyone’s definition) Bristol has a superb collection of traditional boozers. I rarely see the city mentioned in the same league as Norwich or Sheffield, which is odd. Being picky, the Beer Guide pubs can seem dominated by students, and I’ve had the odd bit of… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – THE BAG OF NAILS, BRISTOL
An evening in Bristol revealed yet more new architectural and pubby discoveries, the supply of great street art seemingly endless. Hotwells is the suburb connecting the centre to Clifton, home to the brilliant Bag o’Nails which gets its own post later, and not just because of the cats. Round the corner is the Myrtle Tree… Continue reading A BATH BLASPHEMY IN HOTWELLS
Once you get to your eighties you need fairly regular comfort breaks, and so it was that I found myself in Maidenhead searching for a lunch stop for my parents today. This was by no means a stop of choice, but the need to park fairly close to the lunch venue overrode the need to stop… Continue reading MAIDENHEAD PROVIDES RELIEF