SYSTON – SHIPSTONE’S, SCRATCHINGS, SKELETONS AND TRUSSES

A day away from the in-laws, leaving them to explore Sheffield Stonegate pubs, as I head to north Leicestershire. Sadly, not Coalville. No, it’s mysterious Syston, offering a fourth (!) Beer Guide entry in a decade to its 12,804 residents. Never heard of Syston ? Well, me neither till the Queen Vic started attracting my… Continue reading SYSTON – SHIPSTONE’S, SCRATCHINGS, SKELETONS AND TRUSSES

JIMMY HILL’S KOSSAK

Lunch in Leicestershire’s Langtons., which are a bit like the Hamptons This is the Welland Valley, previously a haven for Proper Pubs with pub games selling Marston’s and Batemans. This was the Horse & Trumpet in Medbourne. I believe the centuries old tradition of kicking the Watneys Red barrel between Hallaton and Medbourne continues in… Continue reading JIMMY HILL’S KOSSAK

WELFORD’S WHARF – AS GOOD AS IT GETS

From Bristol, the by now weekly slog back up/down the M5/M42/M6/A14 was completed in just under the 3 hours, there being no pressing reason to stop in Bromsgrove until the new GBG comes out. But Mrs RM needed a refreshment stop (new term) half way. “Pub stop do you ?” “Oh yes.“ You’ll remember the… Continue reading WELFORD’S WHARF – AS GOOD AS IT GETS

A PINT, A CURRY, “YMCA” – LEICESTER COMPLETE

Part 2 of our 2 part Leicester thriller starts with an amble across town to a small pub at the station. On the way I tried to persuade Charles into the Ale Wagon, but I’m afraid he’s a delicate flower and walked past. Now, a small (I assumed) pub at the station run by a… Continue reading A PINT, A CURRY, “YMCA” – LEICESTER COMPLETE

HUMOUR, HOMEBREW AND DROPPED “m”s IN CLAYBROOKE MAGNA

  I really liked the Pig in Uck in Claybrooke Agna, It’s typical of the jolly, unpretentious allrounders you get on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border, a sub-category of boozer to be given protected status by the EU (oh). I tipped up just before 2pm, starving, and fell on their mercy to feed a famished Fenboy. Folk… Continue reading HUMOUR, HOMEBREW AND DROPPED “m”s IN CLAYBROOKE MAGNA