STEAK OR SAUSAGE FOR TEA ? IT’S A BIG DECISION IN A TOWN CALLED OTTERY ST. MARY

The blog returns to that endless month of July 2022 (101 GBG ticks); will it ever end ? A signature tick next, the London in Ottery St. Mary having thwarted me at least once with it’s whacky opening hours (per What Pub); Ottery St Mary (pop. 4,898) is your quintessential faded east Devon town (see… Continue reading STEAK OR SAUSAGE FOR TEA ? IT’S A BIG DECISION IN A TOWN CALLED OTTERY ST. MARY

NOBODY GONNA BREAK MY STRIDE (to GBG glory). NOT EVEN STOKE FLEMING

The task ahead seems endless, but I shall press on, if only to see if Mark Crilley is still reading (I haven’t read all the great BRAPA posts so don’t feel guilty). Perhaps a reader from Zaire will one day find this post on Stoke Fleming of use, who knows ? Just beyond the gorgeous… Continue reading NOBODY GONNA BREAK MY STRIDE (to GBG glory). NOT EVEN STOKE FLEMING

SHARING PRAWN COCKTAILS IN SLAPTON SANDS

First things first. A first ever blog view from Burundi overnight. The world’s unhappiest country, apparently, but surely a visit to tick all Burundi’s bars would cheer them up ? This is Lacosta Beach Bar, an Amstel stronghold in Bujumbura; I see sand. Really, not much different from Slapton Sands in Devon. Except for the… Continue reading SHARING PRAWN COCKTAILS IN SLAPTON SANDS

TOP 100 PUBS (No. 407) – THE CHERUB, DARTMOUTH

More July ticking, and a second tick in Dartmouth, and another “famous” pub that I distinctly recall walking past in 1995 when Mum and Dad (I’d forgotten they came down to Devon) were impressed by the floral display but not impressed enough to go in. Beautiful pub, rather off-putting alley (and steps if you’re 82).… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS (No. 407) – THE CHERUB, DARTMOUTH

TICKING THE SEVEN STARS, DARTMOUTH – EASIER THAN YOU’D THINK

The small band of hardy GBG tickers are the jolliest people you’ll ever meet, cheerful even when spending a day travelling to New Mills for a brewery tap (only open Monday and Tuesday evenings) that’s unexpectedly closed. Our WhatsApp group is full of helpful tips on how to cadge a pint when your target pub… Continue reading TICKING THE SEVEN STARS, DARTMOUTH – EASIER THAN YOU’D THINK

PUBS SURPRISED THAT THEY’RE OPEN VOL 1. – SALCOMBE

The week of July saw my raid on the South-West reach Devon. When GBG22 landed (ugh) on 12 November 2021 (my copy was late) I needed 48 Devonian ticks, having rather neglected the county over 28 years on account of the hedges and my aversion to scones. A summer of Devon heaven starts in Salcombe,… Continue reading PUBS SURPRISED THAT THEY’RE OPEN VOL 1. – SALCOMBE