9th March 2023. When Tom and Barbara (good not Good) retired from Sheffield’s timeless Fagan’s in January there would have been a few who worried for its future. Despite being a Sheffield institution, and with THAT Andy Capp painting on the wall, it had been quiet the few times I’d been in there and a… Continue reading REJOICE ! FAGAN’S IS BACK, AND SO IS BASS.
PORK PIE, STILTON, BASS – MELTON MOWBRAY MARVELS
7th March 2023. Closing in on completion of Leicestershire’s GBG entries, a very minor pleasure, but the penultimate tick takes me to magical Melton Mowbray on market morning, which sounds an alliterative dream. All change in Melton’s GBG entries, what happened to the brewery in the market and the bowls club ? And what have… Continue reading PORK PIE, STILTON, BASS – MELTON MOWBRAY MARVELS
SIX THINGS I’D FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE VAULTS
TWO (2) posts about a pub I only spent an hour in ? First time I’ve done that since the breweriana overload of the Hyde Park in Plymouth. It just wasn’t possible to whittle my photos down to a dozen in the first blog, so I missed out one of my favourite shots of the… Continue reading SIX THINGS I’D FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE VAULTS
TOP 100 PUBS – THE VAULTS, UTTOXETER
3rd March 2023. In 2019 Pub Curmudgeon wrote of the Vaults in his admirably concise manner, “perhaps Uttoxeter’s classic pub. A narrow, shop-like frontage conceals a pub of great character running a long way back from the street. There’s a front bar area where most of the drinkers seem to gather, a middle room with… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – THE VAULTS, UTTOXETER
REAL FIRE, RACING ON TV, ELLA FITZGERALD, BASS
3rd March 2023. Stop 3 on the Uttoxeter Bass trail, which frankly didn’t look a lot different from the one in Paul’s 1980 CAMRA leaflet; Seventeen different beers in the sixteen pubs 20 years later, which is probably more than there are today if you ignore the Spoons. The Talbot has gained “Ye Olde” since… Continue reading REAL FIRE, RACING ON TV, ELLA FITZGERALD, BASS
“The Reverend Blue Jeans”.
3rd March 2023. Noon in Uttoxeter. Paul, Will and I had spent almost an hour in the Black Swan, and already Will was breaking away from the main pack to take photos for Pubs Galore in Bramhall. In truth, I’d been sorely tempted to join Will on the No. 841 to get a bonus tick… Continue reading “The Reverend Blue Jeans”.
A WINNER IN THE 11:15 AT UTTOXETER
3rd March 2023. Due to popular demand we returned from Greece at the start of the month, just so I could start blogging about UK towns and pubs again for you, dear reader. It took longer to exit Luton Mid-term parking than it did to fly home, due to, and I quote the parking operator,… Continue reading A WINNER IN THE 11:15 AT UTTOXETER
DRINKING BASS IN THE OFFICE (WARTON)
Visiting GBG pubs is surely one of the best ways to ensure you don’t spend your whole life (bar 15 nights) in the same place, possibly even better than aiming to have a scone in every National Trust site. Most National Trust properties look like this house, near my next target. So well done, Sarah,… Continue reading DRINKING BASS IN THE OFFICE (WARTON)
BASS, BASS, EVERYWHERE…
…but not a drop to drink, as I was driving, so I just get a sip to confirm the NBSS for the official record. I know this makes me a hypocrite as I’ve said a pint’s a taster but there you go. 4th February 2023. Having completed Derbyshire, thoughts turned to an afternoon of invigorating… Continue reading BASS, BASS, EVERYWHERE…
DRAUGHT BASS IN TAMWORTH – FROM SLUDGE TO SILK
18th January 2023. On the journey from Birmingham I realised I’d have an hour to kill in Tamworth, and with the castle closed as there are no attacks on the town in January I’d have to find alternative enetertainment. A Teardrop Explodes trail ? Here’s the micropub where Julian took the “Buy 6 Get 1… Continue reading DRAUGHT BASS IN TAMWORTH – FROM SLUDGE TO SILK