TOP 100 PUBS – BLACK LION, BUTTERTON

4th February 2023. Our Search for Sites App, a fiver well spent, told us the next pub would let us leave our campervan in their car park overnight, and sure enough Butterton’s Black Lion seemed delighted to have us hog a space. It really was one of the most unfussy places I’ve been in, considering… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – BLACK LION, BUTTERTON

WALT WHITMAN AND THE FIRBECK BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE

Culture you say ? retiredmartin has culture. Even in the vast wilderness between Rotherham, Worksop and Doncaster. There’s practically ZERO new GBG ticks within 90 minutes of me now, so I’m exploring the local(ish) area. I hadn’t been to Firbeck since that Spring of 2001 when I brought Sis and my (then) brother-in-law up to… Continue reading WALT WHITMAN AND THE FIRBECK BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE

BASS & BAD PLANNING IN BLACKFORDBY

While Burton is unquestionably the place to spend a drunken evening (Bass or Joules carry-out into Balti Towers), the old mining villages of the National Forest have some of my favourite unpretentious pubs. I’ve written about Swadlincote and Ashby recently, and I ought to revisit the Three Horseshoes in Whitwick before it becomes an Ember Inn… Continue reading BASS & BAD PLANNING IN BLACKFORDBY