NEVER MIND THE BUTTY BACH, MONKNASH, HERE’S THE FLAT BASS

31st January 2023. Well spotted, Andy Holmes, our mysterious new commentator. Yes, next stop, last tick of the month, is the legendary Plough & Harrow in tiny Monknash, one of Glamorgan’s top dining pubs. One of those unmodernised ones, with ORIGINAL dragon on the door. I’m not scared of your silly dragon, but I am… Continue reading NEVER MIND THE BUTTY BACH, MONKNASH, HERE’S THE FLAT BASS

TOP 100 PUBS – THE COACHMAKERS ARMS, HANLEY, STOKE-ON-TRENT

In Stoke with a bed for the night, a Chinese takeaway selected, and my new GBG entry already ticked. But it’s barely evening. Let’s do the Hanley classics. And that’s the problem when you lack discipline as a ticker. You convince yourself that the Albion with its lone Pedi pump must be a pre-emptive chance.… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – THE COACHMAKERS ARMS, HANLEY, STOKE-ON-TRENT

“MY MOTHER HAD DINNER WITH TOMMY TRINDER” – BACK TO THE SEVEN STARS

16th January 2020 (still) No, I couldn’t resist it. Particularly since it involved an impersonation of Joker on the way down to The Moor. My third trip to the Seven Stars, all since the Rev John Barrington Bennetts died. 5 points if you know what makes the Rev unique. In 2020, the year that Wickingman… Continue reading “MY MOTHER HAD DINNER WITH TOMMY TRINDER” – BACK TO THE SEVEN STARS

BASS & BALTI AT BURY ST EDMUNDS BEER FESTIVAL

Yes, that gentleman is actually pouring me a pint of lovely flat Bass yesterday*, at the excellent Bury St Edmunds Beer Festival. I don’t really get Beer Festivals, as you’ll know.¬† In the words of the immortal Richard Coldwell¬† “Beer Festivals Are Killing Pubs !”. But Bury (not that one) is close, the folk are… Continue reading BASS & BALTI AT BURY ST EDMUNDS BEER FESTIVAL

HOPWAS – WORTH THE HOP

Tonight, dear readers, I’m staying in lovely Chesterfield at Flags Lodge. The recent GBG pub across the road is bustling, and offers Draught Bass and Hartington IPA. Somehow, I have resisted. But a week ago I couldn’t resist the Hopwas Social Club, 2 miles walk from my Lichfield Premier Inn. Such is the life of… Continue reading HOPWAS – WORTH THE HOP