15th December 2022. We arrived back in Waterbeach to find the “worst snow since 1982”, but at least it hadn’t closed Chung Hwa. Mrs RM helped me conquer the final new Cambridgeshire entry for GBG23, an overdue return to Chatteris, a town immortalised on Half Man Half Biscuit’s best seller. I can’t believe I hadn’t… Continue reading FOR WHAT IS CHATTERIS ?
FEN DRAYTON CHEERS A BELATED GBG ARRIVAL
Blimey. A new Guide entry on the same page of the map as Waterbeach. That’s the first in a while. I was convinced I’d been to the Three Tuns in Fen Drayton before, and I know I have, but in 2018 when I visited the RSPB site it was closed and it’s not on my… Continue reading FEN DRAYTON CHEERS A BELATED GBG ARRIVAL
Half-way through Lockdown 2 (possibly), and I need you all to write to your MP with a single message; “Stuff Christmas; re-open the pubs (in a Covid secure way)“. Off you go. Otherwise you’re in for a lot more of this unsatisfactory mix of highlights packages and gentle Cambridgeshire walks past closed pubs and no-one… Continue reading TEVERSHAM TANTRUMS
This raiding of the archives is fine, but it’s no substitute for the permanent exploration I was doing ’till a month ago. Frankly, much as I miss the pubs, I’d give anything just to walk round a new village near Maidenhead. Preferably one with an open Chinese takeaway, mind. Next door village Cottenham will just have… Continue reading COTTENHAM CALLING
BARRINGTON’S ROYAL OAK CEMENTS IT’S REPUTATION
My first pub for ten (10) days, which tells you how much catching up I’ve been doing on the blog. Mansfield/Sutton. Lymington and Ancrum still to come. But I need to bring you up to date on a great lunchtime session in Barrington today. The Royal Oak isn’t in the Beer Guide (yet), but is… Continue reading BARRINGTON’S ROYAL OAK CEMENTS IT’S REPUTATION
WADSWORTH IN HUNTS
Back from Scotland to a rare post about my home county (ish). You’ll be thinking that’s a spelling mistake at the top, particularly if you’re Pub Curmudgeon and know to expect them. Not so. The Three Horseshoes in Graveley is owned by tiny J.Wadsworth wine merchants of St. Ives in Huntingdonshire, perhaps our most low-key pub… Continue reading WADSWORTH IN HUNTS
FIVE MILES FROM ANYWHERE, NO HURRY !
A rare postcard from home to break up the Hampshire monopoly of May. We’ve yet to take our campervan to exciting places like Wythenshawe or Sheerness (the year is still young), and the Five Miles from Anywhere may be the dullest overnighter possible from a Waterbeach base. It’s at Upware, a mile west of Wicken Fen,… Continue reading FIVE MILES FROM ANYWHERE, NO HURRY !
LACONS PASS THEIR AUDIT
I do hope Simon wasn’t too upset by my Tom obsession in the last post, which stopped me saying what a great pleasure it was to chat pubs with Si and his Dad. Now I’ve found my notes I can also reveal the conversation included the classic lines, “It’s the French in them” and “Colchester… Continue reading LACONS PASS THEIR AUDIT
ELY INVADED BY TONBRIDGE
This post is a bit pointless, as Paul Bailey has already extensively chronicled our Friday night in Ely, but I enjoy pointless stuff. Paul’s blog is rich in the personal detail that gives a “sense of place” to his reports on pubs and beer, so I’ll have to add a few things that Paul couldn’t.… Continue reading ELY INVADED BY TONBRIDGE
GRAVITY DISPENSE, BABY LAMBS & PIPERS CRISPS IN CONINGTON
The travel needed for new GBG ticks continues to rise. This weekend we’re taking the campervan into Kent (two hours) for three Thanet ticks (guess what those are), then another two hours westward into Worcestershire, where avoiding the Cheltenham Festival crowd is the priority. Occasionally you need to stay closer to home. Which means the occasional foray… Continue reading GRAVITY DISPENSE, BABY LAMBS & PIPERS CRISPS IN CONINGTON