Last Saturday saw a concerted attack on the south coast, now safe a week after the CAMRA folk left Eastbourne having agreed that Life Members were leeches/freeloaders or something. Good work, as well as the Tand’s excellent campaign to require price lists in pubs. I’m sure some members will have taken the train to Lewes,… Continue reading WHEN IN LEWES…
Some blogs about pubs seem written by sober folk who never actually set foot in nasty pubs. This post comes to you from the 20:11 Leeds – Sheffield train after 4 pints in 2 hours. I’m not proud, just pissed. I resume my blog on Wednesday night in Hastings, as I head through the majestic… Continue reading 1200 POSTCARDS
Back in Hastings, I had two (2) more micropubs to look forward to. Two (2) more chances of opening time hell I took the scenic route to the Jolly Fisherman, dropping by the 1200 Postcards for signs of life, but a 5pm start it was. Google Maps said it would take 17 minutes if I… Continue reading GOTHIC HASTINGS
Back at Newhaven Premier Inn I considered my ticking options. I’d fancied a 90 minutes trip east to visit 3 pubs in Hastings and Bexhill, but Mrs RM reckoned we should do something local. Local ! NOT in the Beer Guide ? What, like the Brewer’s Fayre next door ? Calm down, calm down. There… Continue reading FLYING FISH, NEWHAVEN. A CRACKER.
A week ago I had to leave Mrs RM in the luxurious Newhaven Premier Inn while I did the hard yards ticking West Sussex. You won’t believe the planning that goes into these trips. TWO (2) train changes on the way to Portslade, the Cheadle of the South. You won’t believe how filthy those Southern… Continue reading QUEUEING ! IN PUBS !!!
Days 2-3 of the Great Sussex Saunter take us to Newhaven (pop. 12,232). Mrs RM needed somewhere to work from which would have irritatingly inconsistent WiFi coverage so I picked Premier Inn. As cheap as they’ve been for years at the moment (£35) AND the Newhaven one had a Doom Bar pump visible in the… Continue reading CAKES AND ALE IN NEWHAVEN
Reading my own old posts is a BIT indulgent, and I’m appalled at some of the lies and half-truths I’ve foisted on you over the years (Maidenhead is actually really nice). But it’s still 97.8% more accurate than the BBC, and that’s a fact. Another fact is that there’s never been a better time to… Continue reading GET SOZZLED IN SEAFORD
I’d scoured WhatPub for a like future Beer guide entry, and come up with the one with the word “Tap” in it. It was either that or the West Kemptown Green Party Club, if there is such a thing. Political clubs will be the big winners in GBG22, mark my words. East Street Tap gives… Continue reading A TAP, OF SORTS, FOR BRIGHTON
Back to the Sussex Downs, where Mrs RM was delighted to discover that eight drops of rain had fallen, meaning my planned eight mile walk to Alfriston had been replaced with a pint in the Eight Bells in Jevington. GBG aficionados will know the Downs is a hotbed of GBG activism, home to classic village… Continue reading “PRETEND IT’S 1995”
One more post before the September Stocktake, which for a change will be virtually up-to-date. We had real fun finding a hotel close to the coast, eventually getting an apartment (wait a minute) on the edge of Eastbourne. I’m with holding judgement and reviews till I get the deposit back. Golly, ideally placed for two… Continue reading POLEGATE – FAIR DINKUM