A SURPRISE WINNER OF BEST BEER OF THE NIGHT ON MATT’S 21st BIRTHDAY BASH

As Blackpool Jane told you about 2 years ago (here), she joined us in Manchester in June (on what was also Matt’s birthday) for a mini-Manc crawl. Direct train to Oxford Road for us, meaning we get Italian pastries in Java Bar, which means there’s no time for the Peveril, before we meet Jane in… Continue reading A SURPRISE WINNER OF BEST BEER OF THE NIGHT ON MATT’S 21st BIRTHDAY BASH

IN WHICH MY YOUNGER SON MAKES THE RIGHT PUB DECISION

I’ve really enjoyed the Marble Arch over the years, and it seems Matthew has as well since moving to Manchester as he suggested it for our pre-match catch up. What good taste he has. One of these says we’ll do the Glamorous. Has anyone been ? Is there Squid? It’s hard to appreciate the Marble… Continue reading IN WHICH MY YOUNGER SON MAKES THE RIGHT PUB DECISION

JULIA JACKLIN v SILENT PLANET THROUGH THE ROTHERHITHE TUNNEL

On the Tuesday night I had a return trip to South London for Julia Jacklin‘s premiere of her magical new record near London Bridge, a handy place from which to finish off the London GBG entries. But life has other plans.  Or in this case, Matt, who was desperate to see Silent Planet, the best… Continue reading JULIA JACKLIN v SILENT PLANET THROUGH THE ROTHERHITHE TUNNEL

MILTON, MINOTAURS AND MASTERMIND

One of my favourite reads is Paul Bailey’s Beer Blog, mainly because he gives us so much context to his pub visits we get a real insight into his family dynamics. I particularly enjoy the posts about his foreign trips with his son Matthew (a charming lad) and Paul’s determined (doomed ?) efforts to convert… Continue reading MILTON, MINOTAURS AND MASTERMIND