And you can read that how you like. From Chester, which is partly in Welsh, we converted our campervan into a full foreign holiday by crossing the border in pursuit of a few GBG ticks in North-East Wales. My giant spreadsheet showing the possible/hopeful/over-ambitious opening times for my 487 pub targets says of the Dinorben… Continue reading WHAT HAS WALES DONE TO DESERVE TO BE BRUNNING & PRICED ?
AKA Dodging Duncan. This post from Euro Semi-Final day feels more interminable than the Final itself by now, but we brought it to a close near Gladestry at the end of the Hergest Ridge in what Real County Enthusiasts know as Radnorshire. Not many people are aware that Hergest is named after the “difficult” sophomore… Continue reading I’M FEELING GLADESTRY ALL OVER
No, not THESE Darts. They originated in Brighton in 1976, coincidentally when our mystery pub was last refurbished (thankfully). The village shares little with Brighton, bar an “o”, an “h” and a “t”, but rather more with a town on the A5190. The map extract may help, but it rarely does. I wanted to tell… Continue reading GUESS THE PUB PLAYS DARTS
It’s a busy time in retiredmartin Towers. My first jab yesterday, Mrs RM has hers Thursday (just in time for pub gardens, I reminded her), carpets laid, elder lad moved home last week and started a job today, and younger sun keeping busy till barbers are back on 12 April. If only he lived in… Continue reading WILL BARBERS HEAD TO CHESTER ?
Last time out you got a programme from 67-68, the year Manchester City began their 50 year dominance of the League Manchester. Nine years later, we have Workington‘s last year in the League, and the start of Cambridge’s rise to glory, as we raid the Steve Earl programme bundle and visit lovely Vetch Field,… Continue reading SWANSEA – JACKASTORY
Loads of highlights posts to come, enough to see us through ’till Christmas if necessary (sob). Not many recent trips to the magical Gower, though last year I DID make some major inroads into West Wales, where the beer was better than expected. The beer has been a bit up and down in the vast… Continue reading THE GORGEOUS GOWER
Hope you’re keeping up. It’s still 21 December, a day before my birthday (mark it in your new diaries now) and I’m taking the legendary Pubmeister round the new Beer Guide ticks on the North Wales coast. You’ll notice I’ve spared you NBSS scores so far. That’s because I was merely sniffing the beer or… Continue reading CRAFT, COWBOYS AND A DASH FOR THE PUFT
Those end-of-year highlights posts really interfere with my chronology, don’t they. Back to the Big Northern Pre-Christmas Tick, as I leave Stockport to meet the Pubmeister in North Wales. A quick half in Rowen in the Conwy Valley, a pleasant stroll from Bodnant Garden where you can safely leave your OAP for a couple of… Continue reading UNWOKE AT THE WAKE IN ROWEN
OK, I’m not sure if they were all actual farmers, but it’s a better title than “Remote boozer that wasn’t actually in Llangoedmor near Cardigan“. In Llangoedmor, says the Good Beer Guide. With no WiFi, I knocked on all 373 houses in the village asking if they were hiding the Penllwyndu, a tactic that might… Continue reading ME AND THE FARMERS
Back into Wales for the fifth time this year, and the mysterious village of Churchstoke. I thought it sounded familiar, but I’d never been before, so I looked up those population stats that Duncan loves so much. I think we should be told more about the statistically improbable male/female balance. In fact, Churchstoke is familiar… Continue reading CHURCHSTOKE – OPEN ALL HOURS