Tuesday morning (hey, a week ago, need to catch up) saw us head off down south for some ticking family duties. Lunch in Banbury, I think. We parked up right by the eponymous cross, named after a ticker who was disgruntled at incorrect opening hours at the micro in 1859. I must have stopped in… Continue reading MRS RM TAKES THE BEER BACK. A BANBURY BONUS.
Tag: Hook Norton
BACK TO BENSON
Here’s the Oxon map you were denied because I’ve had to do recent posts on the phone. When I self-publish my book “Blogging – How to get views from East Timor AND East Grinstead“, my only advice will be “DON’T write posts on your phone“. From Burford to Oxford to Benson to complete Oxon. Benson… Continue reading BACK TO BENSON
BURFORD BIFFED. IN 20 SECONDS.
The day after returning to Sheffield from London we had to head straight back down south for a family emergency (don’t worry, the Doom Bar cellar hasn’t been raided). I negotiated a stop in Oxon (3 pubs needed) on the way, having seen the public transport options for Burford were a challenge; Mrs RM parked… Continue reading BURFORD BIFFED. IN 20 SECONDS.
A week after our triumphant return from the Northern Tickathon, we were off again in the (as yet unnamed) campervan to tackle the south. Or more specifically, Oxon, Bucks and Herts. Only 2hrs 20 to the Hook Norton Brewery, almost exactly half an hour more than it toock from Waterbeach on my only previous visit… Continue reading HOOKY
I WON’T QUIT TILL I’VE GOT A TICK, ON BROADWAY, ON BROADWAY
9th March 2020 I’ve spent this morning hoovering my laptop keyboard, and am pleased to report the return of the letter “a”. The exercise also recovered half a pound of Scottish oats. It’s always the Scots. No new counties completed in March yet, but plenty of opportunities in what we call the “sleepy counties” (but… Continue reading I WON’T QUIT TILL I’VE GOT A TICK, ON BROADWAY, ON BROADWAY
OXFORD – COVERED MARKET TO CASTLE
Keep reading, the Bass badges are coming up soon. The good thing about these Beer & Pub Forum crawls is that, unlike the Japanese tourists visiting the city, you can dip in and out of our tours without getting told off ! Mrs RM and I dodged the standard menu in the Chequers in… Continue reading OXFORD – COVERED MARKET TO CASTLE
A HAPPY HOOKY IN CHIPPING CAMPDEN
I guess there’s a sort of inverse relationship between beauty and Bitter in the Cotswolds; the greater the tourist honeypot factor, the lower your chance of a good pub. Chipping Campden is gorgeous, the Lavenham of the Cotswolds, and yet I’ve never been to a pub here before. What can it mean ? Quite a… Continue reading A HAPPY HOOKY IN CHIPPING CAMPDEN
WHO ARE YOU, CHIPPING NORTON ?
The blog titles don’t get any better from now till Christmas, when I should receive some new ones from Santa. On to the Crown & Cushion, a rare old-fashioned small hotel bar in the Guide, in the resolutely old-fashioned Chipping Norton, which I often write as Chipping Sodbury to annoy them both. An easy Chipping… Continue reading WHO ARE YOU, CHIPPING NORTON ?
GOOD AND BAD IN HOOKY LAND
Hook Norton was one of the breweries that weaned me off Greene King IPA in my twenties. Mrs RM and I used to come across Hooky quite a bit on our Midlands trips, well before it became a national beer and then got ignored like 6X has. We visited the brewery with my Sis (actually… Continue reading GOOD AND BAD IN HOOKY LAND