26th January 2023. I’d have stayed even longer at Bradford Industrial Museum (an hour is a LONG time for me) but the artisanal cafe was a bit disappointing (a coffee machine with paper cups) and they wasn’t a section on brewing and pubs, just that Babycham exhibit. So I walked back towards the Greedy Pig,… Continue reading FINDING A THRILL IN ECCLESHILL
A NEW BEER GUIDE PUB IN BISHOPTHORPE ? ANOTHER ONE !
A start to North Yorkshire, one of the last of the GBG counties I completed a first time (if you see what I mean) in 2018. Since then it’s plodded on with its usual dozen new entries, all in irritating places like Bishopthorpe, just south or York. BRAPA HQ is marked on the map below… Continue reading A NEW BEER GUIDE PUB IN BISHOPTHORPE ? ANOTHER ONE !
Done the tick, done the Belgian thirds, time for a Lincoln classic. Let’s go up the Steep Hill. The puff of white smoke sadly doesn’t herald the reopening of Widow Cullens Well, as the city remains a Sam Smiths free zone. But there’s still Proper Pubs near the cathedral and castle, though the Victoria is… Continue reading STRUGGLERS
MARTIN POWER, OUTER ASHFORD PUB TICKER EXTRAORDINARY
A mid-June trip to finish Kent. I would have waited till Joan and Dave Southworth arrived a month later so they could have the thrill of pinking a county, but completing the Guide and getting chapters complete had become an obsession and besides, you can’t trust Americans with marker pens. You’ll be seeing a fair… Continue reading MARTIN POWER, OUTER ASHFORD PUB TICKER EXTRAORDINARY
AN OLD FAVE IN GARGRAVE
YOU try and find something to rhyme with Gargrave ! A mere two weeks after finishing North Yorkshire in Skipton I was back there on the train again, due to some business in Gargrave, next stop on the line. Fellow ticker Eddie was complaining on our WhatsApp group (aka “TickTillItHurts“) this week about the difficulty… Continue reading AN OLD FAVE IN GARGRAVE
FINALLY, THE THREE TUNS
The problem with pub crawls, and I blame this entirely on Will, is that it never stops at two, does it ? I’d been walking past the Three Tuns since we arrived in Sheffield, it’s on the marching route to the station (Google Maps says 43 minutes, actually 29). It was in the GBG 20… Continue reading FINALLY, THE THREE TUNS
BACK ONCE AGAIN TO THE JEMMY HIRST
Mrs RM and I will have been married 30 years in June. I would say “celebrate” 30 years of marriage, but as you know I only celebrate one day annually, and anyway neither of us have remembered the date for several years. In the earliest days of wedded bliss I put a strain on the… Continue reading BACK ONCE AGAIN TO THE JEMMY HIRST
WALT WHITMAN AND THE FIRBECK BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE
Culture you say ? retiredmartin has culture. Even in the vast wilderness between Rotherham, Worksop and Doncaster. There’s practically ZERO new GBG ticks within 90 minutes of me now, so I’m exploring the local(ish) area. I hadn’t been to Firbeck since that Spring of 2001 when I brought Sis and my (then) brother-in-law up to… Continue reading WALT WHITMAN AND THE FIRBECK BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE
I mentioned yesterday the problem with rail travel, the urge it creates to fill in time between trains with a rushed extra pub visit (See: BRAPA, every Saturday night). And so it was on the way back from Harrogate to Sheffield that I found myself having to kill 44 minutes in Leeds without an obvious… Continue reading WHITELOCK’S
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE TAP & SPILES ?
My second Harrogate tick (there’s 11 in the new GBG) was arguably pointless. The Tap on Tower Street was in the Guide as a Tap & Spile a decade or so ago so those who abide by the Paisley Pronouncements on Pubbing would consider it ticked. But I’d paid for my train ticket, fancied a… Continue reading WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE TAP & SPILES ?