11th January 2023. Just back from a rather more convincing City performance than a week ago, when Southampton played us off the park (not for the first time). Never mind. Just as you don’t go to a pub to drink beer, you don’t go the the football to enjoy football. Or something. The highlight is… Continue reading THE POST-MATCH INQUEST AT THE SOUTH-WESTERN ARMS
11th January 2023. A third new Beer Guide tick in Greater Pompey (hey, perhaps I am attempting GBG23), after a mad dash from the Gosport ferry to the Sally Port, another Old Town new entrant. It looks like it’s half the old pub, the rest of the space an antiques shop that’s open when the… Continue reading ANY SALLY PORT IN A STORM
11th January 2023. Waiting in Gosport for the Fallen Acorn to open, I nipped in the Spoons to record for posterity the price of a pint of craft in January 2023. Stowford Press seems to be your best bet. While the Star was ticking over, the pedestrianised High Street wasn’t a picture of health. Even… Continue reading “Hello Steven, This Is Clem Fandango, Can You Hear Me ?”
11th January 2023. I feel cold just writing this a week on. No idea why I decided to catch the ferry to Gosport over an hour before Fallen Acorn opened, I think it was drier on the boat (marginally). The general feeling on Blue Moon, the City forum, was that I was mad heading to… Continue reading GOSPORT GOES PUNK
11th January 2023. Having ticked the Dolphin, I now had to walk in pouring rain to the Gosport ferry, visit a dull sounding brewery tap, take the ferry back, walk in the rain back to Old Portsmouth to visit the Sally Port, then drag my sodden self to Southampton for the football. Sounds an ordeal,… Continue reading WHY ISN’T PORTSMOUTH BETTER KNOWN ?
11th January 2023. A dreich day, as the Tand would say, turning to torrential downpour in the afternoon, Perfect for exploring three new Guide entries in Portsmouth from our Southampton base, before seeing City march into the League Cup semi-finals that evening. A long wait at Southampton Central allowed me to bring you EXCLUSIVE photos… Continue reading NEW LIFE IN OLD POMPEY
10th January 2023. It had cost me £4.50 for my ticket from Saints Airport to Winchester (bargain evening return, well done South Western), so I felt I HAD to sneak in one before rescuing Mrs RM from spreadsheets and questions about “receivables”. As luck would have it, the train was delayed just long enough to… Continue reading ….REDEEMED BY ALBION
10th January 2023. “What will you have to write about once you catch up on the blog ?” asks Mrs RM. Well, last night I visited the pub nearest England’s newest new road (big prize for working that out) for Dizzy Blonde and pork scratchings. Don’t worry about lack of material. A week ago, we’d… Continue reading A NIGHT OF BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT IN WINCHESTER….
And so to the last Hampshire tick, one I actually failed to do in GBG21, which tells you how destructive Omicron was to tickers’ dreams. In early July I actually wondered if the Harrow in Steep might be my FINAL triumphant Guide tick, but you know how that ends. I’d have gone past the Harrow,… Continue reading A SCOOP IN STEEP, AND HAMPSHIRE FALLS
I have mixed feelings about following BRAPA’s tweets from Kent today; On the one hand, I’m overjoyed to have finished the Guide now, free to do non-GBG pubs if I like, but on the other I’m really envying Simon his daily discovery of the riches of the Guide, even if in recent years the bulk… Continue reading WHO OR WHAT IS PARK GATE ?