GREENOCK – A TON MORE THAN MORTON

It’s the one you’ve been waiting for, the one that will get you taking that epic train journey to Greenock tomorrow (perhaps). Duncan suggested “Everyone’s gone to Dunoon” (£3.99 + P&P for that title), but I wasn’t actually in Dunoon, and I’m saving that title ’till the Crown gets in the GBG with its Greene… Continue reading GREENOCK – A TON MORE THAN MORTON

FROM THE RIDICULOUS TO THE SUBLIME….CAMBUSLANG

You know, there are people who have been to Glasgow and only been in the Laurieston Bar. Which is fair enough, I guess. Glasgow CAMRA should be promoting the pearl of Spoons around the centre, all accessible by the Strathclyde Daytripper ticket. 21 minutes on the No.172 brings you to Cambuslang. Where ?  Only the… Continue reading FROM THE RIDICULOUS TO THE SUBLIME….CAMBUSLANG

ECCLEFECHAN TART (BUT NO REAL ALE)

This blog likes to bring you the pick of UK culinary hotspots, so here’s Ecclefechan. Effectively your first service station escaping “BRAPA in Cumbria” on the way to Glasgow, or your chance to stock up on the eponymous tart for your Scottish friend wife. It’s a bustling place. You can see the legendary Premier Stores… Continue reading ECCLEFECHAN TART (BUT NO REAL ALE)

FALLING INTO DARK TERRITORY

Yes, it’s the inadvisable stage of the Edinburgh Morning Crawl That Started Off As a Quiet Pint Before The Train. This one was my fault.  On Matthew L’s recommendation I’d popped in here on the Thursday night (which probably feels like 2013 to you by now after all these Scottish posts).  It was bustling and… Continue reading FALLING INTO DARK TERRITORY

BENNETS BAR – NOT BAD, IS IT ?

  Fifteen minutes (jay)walking later, Paul and I were at Bennets Bar, our second Edinburgh classic of the day. I’ll be honest. I know the capital has dozens of ornate bars; they’re beautifully detailed in the CAMRA Scottish Heritage Pub Guide I got Paul for a bargain £3 at the AGM. In general I care… Continue reading BENNETS BAR – NOT BAD, IS IT ?

BREAKFAST BEER IN THE ABBOTSFORD

On this blog it’s now Monday, sometime in early April, and I’d arranged to have a quiet pint in Edinburgh with the legend that is Stafford Paul before my convoluted return to Waterbeach (3 changes, £28). I had an hour before our 11am meet-up, and momentarily entertained a jog up Arthur’s Seat, but entertained myself… Continue reading BREAKFAST BEER IN THE ABBOTSFORD