Into Warwickshire, always a joy (no, really) and a long-awaited return to That Nuneaton, Back in 2016 it produced a memorable night of top quality beer and curry, but craft hasn’t quite taken hold as I predicted and the Longshoot Hotel hardly enticed me back. There was a newbie near the suburb of Hartshill last… Continue reading NUNEATON’S £2.20 PINT
The oddest thing. I seem to have lost a few photos from a couple of weeks ago in Hereford. Perhaps they’ll turn up in 2021 and I’ll wonder what they are. Not to worry. I still have the photo of Duncan on his bike admiring the Cathedral while completing the Guide in 1977; As you’ll… Continue reading HEREFORD : NO BULL
I draw you in with the Sam Smiths glass and lacings, only to let you down, perhaps. Next up, Marton-in-the-Forest and Martin-in-the-Pub. Well, Stillington, strictly. Your typical north-of-York village, with everyone either away doing a pointless office job or stocking their larder for the coming apocalypse (postponed). Excellent Village store serving chunky sandwiches and posh… Continue reading THE SUB-£2.50 PINT LIVES, AND IT’S NOT SAM SMITHS.
Oh, joy. A trip out to lovely Leigh. Something always happens there, even if it is just the birds hovering overhead waiting for a carcass. Normally mine. Last time here was New Year’s Day 2017, when an improbable Greene King diner was making its GBG debut. Pleasingly, the traditional George & Dragon has survived… Continue reading CHEER UP, LEIGH
Just back from the End of the Road, where Mrs RM has kept Beavertown in profit for the year, and youngest son Matt found a band he liked in the last hour of the festival. You’ll want to see my route back, dropping Mrs RM in Chippenham, a publess town, and only exceeding 60mph as… Continue reading BLACKPOOL. STILL VERY MUCH BLACKPOOL
I ought to colour code these posts so you can dip in and out more selectively. Perhaps; Green for your Complete Tourist Guide (e.g. to Nuneaton) Yellow for reflections on changing underpass art or shopfronts (e.g. in Stoke) Blue for Pub Cats Red for Draught Bass (obvs) Orange for a quick dip into a plain… Continue reading A DARWEN TRILOGY – PHIL THOMPSON, THE £2.60 PINT & DR. NO
The night before the ferry to the Isle of Man, and a chance to finish my most northern Lancashire ticks, leaving just the scary ones near Matthew Lawrenson to do. Onto Morecambe, one of our most ridiculed of resorts. Ridiculed by people who’ve never been, just like Stockport. You can get a room along the… Continue reading BRING ME SUNSHINE
I left you in the bar at the Petersgate Tap on Thursday night (25/1), two great pints of Draught Bass down in 20 minutes, wondering if I should ask for the flat version again. But I figured a great night in Stockport needed a Chinese takeaway. I stuck out a tweet and waited for… Continue reading PORTWOOD PERFECTION