7th March 2023. Closing in on completion of Leicestershire’s GBG entries, a very minor pleasure, but the penultimate tick takes me to magical Melton Mowbray on market morning, which sounds an alliterative dream. All change in Melton’s GBG entries, what happened to the brewery in the market and the bowls club ? And what have… Continue reading PORK PIE, STILTON, BASS – MELTON MOWBRAY MARVELS
HINCKLEY’S CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
You’ll notice it’s the youngsters like BRAPA and Blackpool Jane that can still pull out the mega blogging. Us folk approaching middle-age, like Duncan and myself, can only manage short posts, and I didn’t even have the energy to lump Hinckley’s many cultural highlights in with the faggots and Pedi post. Cultural highlights ? Well,… Continue reading HINCKLEY’S CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
FAGGOTS, PEAS & PEDI. AND MOONLIGHT SHADOW.
20th February 2023. Hope you’ve already had your lunch before you saw that pic. Mrs RM just cooked James and I a lovely roast dinner (NRDSS 4), but a pint of Pedigree as good as the one at the Greyhound in Hinckley would have raised it even higher. I did the full cultural tour of… Continue reading FAGGOTS, PEAS & PEDI. AND MOONLIGHT SHADOW.
A CHARNWOOD BASS HUNT
29th December 2022. Nearly finished the 2022 posts, then I’ll do a December Stocktake, and I’ll be up-to-date on the blog by next week. “What will you do then ?” asks Mrs RM, a worrying question. Two (2) Charnwood pubs on the River Soar for you tonight, two pubs largely inseparable in style, ambition and… Continue reading A CHARNWOOD BASS HUNT
DESTROYING CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN ANSTEY
I didn’t actually know where Anstey was, but of course I would never admit that to Mrs RM, being a bloke. Here it is, excitingly placed east of edgy Coalville ,north of the dull bit of Leicester and close to Charnwood Forest where in the ’70s footballers would run country pubs post-retirement at 35. It… Continue reading DESTROYING CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN ANSTEY
IT’S ACE AT MOONFACE
My third Charnwood pub of the day had the best beer and is the hardest to write about. Yes, it’s a brewery tap. Not quite on an industrial estate, tucked away in the southern half of Loughborough, well clear of studentz in the sort of location enjoyed by the Falstaff or the Free Trade. I… Continue reading IT’S ACE AT MOONFACE
MOUNTSORREL SOARS TO GBG SALVATION
I have a confession to make. For my next trip, I took a bus. Mountsorrel boasta granite quarries and canalside pubs, a visit by John Wesley, one of only 3,729 villages in which Wesley preached (I’ve been to 2,807 of them), and some great hillside views; And there’s this weird Neolithic graffiti; I can only… Continue reading MOUNTSORREL SOARS TO GBG SALVATION
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
BASS IS BACK !
Enough of closed pubs, cold Costa coffee and crispy Chinese; it’s time for Bass ! My first Bass of 2021, my first since the St. John in fact, and it was a classic. Earl Shilton in “Workingman’s” Leicestershire* is classic Bass territory, and the Shilton Vaults I actually WALKED PAST in 2019 is sister pub… Continue reading BASS IS BACK !
IT’S PRONOUNED “BEAVER”. HONEST
Our 3 day world tour continued from Kent with a stop in Waterbeach (no Chung Hwa) and a night by the river in the Vale of Belvoir. Or Beaver to you and me. The posh bit of Leics-cum-Lincs betwixt Grantham, Melton and Nottingham has some good pubs, but rarely new ones, and the tick in… Continue reading IT’S PRONOUNED “BEAVER”. HONEST