SITTING AT THE BAR AGAIN IN BLETCHLEY

More “recommended” pubs before the big launch of GBG21 on Thursday. I can’t wait. While you count down the hours, here’s a report from one of the UK’s richest cities. Honest, Milton Keynes is one of the great post-war British success stories, boosting replacement tyre sales by 33% in Buckinghamshire alone due to those roundabouts.… Continue reading SITTING AT THE BAR AGAIN IN BLETCHLEY

BATTERED BEERMATS IN RICHMOND (THE REAL ONE)

A couple of years ago Pub Curmudgeon ran a poll to decide the UK’s best town, unexpectedly won by Mansfield after a VAR review. Richmond (the real one) scored well, which surprised me a bit as I’d never really got it, till a spring trip to the Holly Hill which provided some staggering views from… Continue reading BATTERED BEERMATS IN RICHMOND (THE REAL ONE)

CHAUFFEUR TO THE STARS

“Greater love hath no man than this; that he would give up his own ticking time to drive his friends around the pubs of the western Home Counties” At least “psychological support“* was provided as the trips came dangerously close to both Aylesbury and Maidenhead. Another tremendous day for being retired. This was the view… Continue reading CHAUFFEUR TO THE STARS

BOO ! BACK TO BUCKS WITH A BASS BANG

The pub blogging world is all a quiver tonight, as we ponder the eternal question; How do you top a blog title like this ?-  “Portland Bills, Thrills & Jelly Snakes” Yes, BRAPA’s team of interns has finally paid off. I’m going to be going through my own collection of Madchester* vinyl tonight for inspiration,… Continue reading BOO ! BACK TO BUCKS WITH A BASS BANG

“YOU’RE STOPPING THE OLD BOY GETTING TO THE BAR”

  Yes, still on Bucks, still banging on about barflies.  This one has a cruel twist. BRAPA finished Bucks last year, and has decided he’s not going back till he’s finished the Scottish Islands and Devon, sometime in 2041. That means he’ll miss the joy of Fever-Tree Gastropubs like the Lowndes Arms, which looks like… Continue reading “YOU’RE STOPPING THE OLD BOY GETTING TO THE BAR”

EMBER INNS IN MILTON KEYNES. NOT AS BAD AS YOU’D HOPED.

As mentioned already, GBG2019 sees Milton Keynes emerge as an unexpected winner. As many re-entries as total newbies, all making Si wish he was doing Bucks all over again.  Mind, FOUR of those symbols are microbreweries, not pubs. If only MK CAMRA had given me a sneak preview of the GBG19 entries I’d have visited… Continue reading EMBER INNS IN MILTON KEYNES. NOT AS BAD AS YOU’D HOPED.