11th January 2023. Just back from a rather more convincing City performance than a week ago, when Southampton played us off the park (not for the first time). Never mind. Just as you don’t go to a pub to drink beer, you don’t go the the football to enjoy football. Or something. The highlight is… Continue reading THE POST-MATCH INQUEST AT THE SOUTH-WESTERN ARMS
11th January 2023. Saints v City for a place in the Mickey Mouse (now we’re out) cup. As a “glory hunter” (my first City game was at Luton in 1977; Will was probably glory-hunting at that game too) I only qualify for a few tickets for away matches each season, and Southampton is always a… Continue reading GIDDY TIMES
NEW LIFE IN OLD POMPEY
11th January 2023. A dreich day, as the Tand would say, turning to torrential downpour in the afternoon, Perfect for exploring three new Guide entries in Portsmouth from our Southampton base, before seeing City march into the League Cup semi-finals that evening. A long wait at Southampton Central allowed me to bring you EXCLUSIVE photos… Continue reading NEW LIFE IN OLD POMPEY
WHO OR WHAT IS PARK GATE ?
I have mixed feelings about following BRAPA’s tweets from Kent today; On the one hand, I’m overjoyed to have finished the Guide now, free to do non-GBG pubs if I like, but on the other I’m really envying Simon his daily discovery of the riches of the Guide, even if in recent years the bulk… Continue reading WHO OR WHAT IS PARK GATE ?
OH WHEN THE SAINTS, GO MARCHING IN
I’ve no idea why you’d want to see the pics from the Saints v City match but since I’m paid by the pound here they are. Some people would have headed to the Old Classics after the two ticks, before heading to the match. I just popped in the Giddy Bridge, packed with 270 City… Continue reading OH WHEN THE SAINTS, GO MARCHING IN
My second Southampton tick didn’t require a reservation. Deep in the heart of studentville, Beards & Boards is in the heart of Southampton’s bar quarter, near the ancient French & Son. “Craft, Beer, Cider” it says, a GBG cert, especially with the punk welcome. No, UB40 and Green Day aren’t punk. Do I care ?… Continue reading OI !
MY RESERVATION EXPIRES
“A reserved sign, RetiredMartin ! Again !“. Hear me out. A week ago we were battling the closed M27 from Portsmouth to Southampton, which is officially “The Worst Way To Spend Two Hours In Britain“. I was delighted with my destination, a 37th Premier Inn of the year at Southampton Airport. £35, free parking, a… Continue reading MY RESERVATION EXPIRES
SAINTS & SINNERS
Back down the M3 at the conclusion of the charity sale (total raised – £6,501) to conclude Hampshire. There would have been a mammoth FOUR new entries in Southampton, but one of the shiny and crafty by the Quayside had just closed. Shame. Still, a trio of newbies, including a Brewhouse & Kitchen, so we… Continue reading SAINTS & SINNERS
LURED IN BY SOUTHAMPTON SPOONS. AND CRAFT.
Completing the Good Beer Guide requires professionalism and an ability not to be swayed by temptations outside the True Path. Just ask Pubmeister. So no Beer Festivals, no Proper Pub crawls round places you’ve done before, and definitely no bottles of DIPA at home. And pre-emptive ticks only if their presence in the next… Continue reading LURED IN BY SOUTHAMPTON SPOONS. AND CRAFT.
THE SAINTS ARE COMING
An uneventful trip from Fratton to Southampton, though sadly I failed to log in to the free WiFi to check availability of tickets for the big show next week. Oddly, looking at the flyer I was reminded that Micky Quinn used to play for Portsmouth Southampton is always a slight let down after Pompey, lacking… Continue reading THE SAINTS ARE COMING