30th December 2022. Possibly THE iconic pub photo of 2022. Baa Baa Toure, Alfie the Alpaca and Colin the Cauliflower fighting over a pint of Abbeydale’s “Through The Hophead Galaxy” in Chesterfield’s Anchor, cheered on by Mrs RM and Eddie, who had finally removd his Hi-Vis jacket. Simon messaged us to say he’d gone straight… Continue reading THE BRAMPTON MILE – PUB MASCOTS COLLIDE
30th December 2022. Unfortunately, due to Mrs RM’s belated shopping spree in Chesterfield, and my determination to get a shot of “the infant BRAPA” (not a Teesside micro), I arrived at the tickers AGM in the Rectory too late to give the keynote speech, or to buy everyone a pint. Never mind. As it was… Continue reading GBG TICKERS AGM – WAITING FOR BRAPA IN THE RECTORY
21st December 2022. Back on the train from Marple to Manchester, only a couple of stops till GBG23 tick No. 2 at Whitehough via Chinley. It’s quite possible that James has been in more GBG entries than all but six people in the world, you know, given how many pubs I took him in as… Continue reading UP ECCLES PIKE
The pursuit of GBG completion rather hampered our best laid plans to do the touristy bits of the Peak District that Mrs RM tells everyone we moved to Sheffield for two years ago (don’t tell Mrs RM, it was actually the suburbs of Rotherham that attracted me). The Guide is ticked, the CAMRA pub walk… Continue reading INTO THE HOPE VALLEY – QUITTERS AND CRITTERS
Enough of the Retired Martin love-in, let’s get back to the hard yards of Retired Martin travelling to unassuming Northern* towns and finding pubs unexpectedly closed. 27th October 2022. Proving Chesterfield‘s northerness, they don’t yet have parchment, and have maps painted on the side of the houses leading west towards Chatsworth House, which is where… Continue reading MAGGIE MAY BE CLOSED, CAN I CONQUER CHESTERFIELD ?
27th October 2022. The new Good Beer Guide (done it, mate) arrived. Alfie and Baa Baa wondered whether I’d be wasting my life ticking this one. We’ll see. On the tickers WhatsApp group, talk turned to the venue for the AGM to discuss weighty matters like whether a shot of whisky at a wake counted… Continue reading SPIREITES
Greetings from Stafford Station, where Paul Mudge has just introduced me to the joys of the Railway, a wonderful pub. A week ago the Sheffield Codgers, whose album of Dylan covers would make a great Christmas present, were heading for Belper pub No.2. Yes, a bit plain, bit that’s Lincoln Green for you. Inside you’ll… Continue reading LINCOLN GREEN, BELPER BLUE HUMOUR
Yes, those ARE Christmas decorations up in Ye Olde Dolphin. What is wrong with the world, can’t we celebrate Halloween a bit longer. Or my birthday (22 December) a bit earlier ? Yes, I gave in to the Dolphin on the way back to the station. There are other famous options round here, of course,… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – YE OLDE DOLPHIN INNE
The big news this morning is that double-jabbed Americans will be able to visit us without isolation from next month. They might not be able to go back home, but who cares ? They can stay in our garage as long as they want as long as they make me a coffee at 6am each… Continue reading WA HEY IT’S WHALEY !
Some scenic pics for you from a week ago, as I take the slow train to Manchester and jump off (not literally) at cheery Chinley. A trio of Old Boys in hiking gear discussed the pubs at all the stops, raising hopes that they were local CAMRAs about to score ALL the pubs in the… Continue reading INTO THE HIGH PEAK