I thought I ought to say a few words about CAMRA’s 50th birthday, but frankly Pub Curmudgeon summed it up better than I ever could. That February post contrasts CAMRA’s success as a mass membership organisation (with good brand awareness among the general public), with a blurring of focus over the years. It also contains… Continue reading 50 CHEERS FOR CAMRA !
Grief, I nearly forgot to jump on the bandwagon by doing a new Good Beer Guide post on official launch day, the nation’s second favourite after my birthday Ed Balls Day. First things first. Thanks to all the CAMRA volunteers who recommend and score pubs. They do a fantastic job. Ignore the naysayers who tell… Continue reading HAPPY NEW GOOD BEER GUIDE 2020 DAY !
If you’ve lost track of these diary extracts I feel your pain. This is now Saturday morning, Day 3 of the Great Tayside Tickathon and an actual CAMRA AGM to attend. But first, a recuperative Miners Benedict in my Broughty Ferry Wether-hotel. As Allo Darlin’ sang “This is life. This is living”. I would have… Continue reading TICKING THE CAMRA AGM
Just back from taking Mrs RM and two hungry lads (when are they not ?) for Sunday lunch at the Salisbury Arms, just off Cambridge’s famous Mill Road. We’d also popped in on Mothers Day, a dry day for me. This is, oddly, one of the city’s historic pubs, run by CAMRA Investments in the… Continue reading CAMRA PUBS IN CAMBRIDGE
I’ve only just noticed the tin cans in that sign. They’re probably Adnams cans; you get a higher class of litter lout in West Suffolk. A rare trip without a Beer Guide tick, this was purely to give Mrs RM and myself some professional experience in maneuvering our campervan, with the objective of not… Continue reading MRS RM’S CAMPERVAN MANOEUVRES EARN A PROPER PUB REWARD
Mrs RM and I took joint life CAMRA membership 20 odd years ago, even before the Spoons vouchers kicked in, and despite believing that beer festivals are the devil’s work. I don’t really care about the odd 10p discount you get in pubs that trade profit for Beer Guide inclusion, but I’ll take when I’m… Continue reading FLASHING THE GOLD CARD
Back home from Hackney on Sunday at midnight, then straight off to Scotland, or Alba as the locals call it. Mrs RM gets it easy, she really does. All she does is enjoy my flawless driving while taking conference calls, and then get shouted out by Scots with IT problems for five days while I… Continue reading MAKING SENSE OF THE NEW NATIONAL BEER SCORING SYSTEM