DOING THE SHEFFIELD CLASSICS – THE WELLINGTON

A big day for the pubs today, as En-ger-land kick off their 2020 Euros against someone, somewhere, sometime (which sounds like a Simple Minds track from when they were quite good). I shan’t be watching, and nor will Mrs RM, who I asked to name ONE (1) member of the England team. “Er, Gavin Southgate… Continue reading DOING THE SHEFFIELD CLASSICS – THE WELLINGTON

LEAVING THE BIG ISSUE IN THE WELLINGTON

Still in Ilfracombe. The Quay was TOO busy; the Old Town deserted. Cheered, I bought Big Issue for £3, Jarvis Cocker making his 317th appearance on the cover of that highly readable paper. For the first time, closed shops and pubs outnumbered the open ones. A shame, as Fore Street is marvellous, and I’m sure… Continue reading LEAVING THE BIG ISSUE IN THE WELLINGTON

FESTIVE FELICITATIONS FROM GREAT ORTON

My second comfort break came an hour or so after my first, on the western outskirts of Carlisle. Ignore the blue line running through the city, it’s not the cask/keg divide. To be honest the Wellington in tiny Great Orton was experiencing a quiet lunchtime, away from the tourist honeypots of Carlisle and the stretch… Continue reading FESTIVE FELICITATIONS FROM GREAT ORTON

YOUR PRINT-OUT-AND-KEEP FELTWELL GUIDE

My options for easy ticks have long gone. As of today, my closest new Guide pub is a cricket club with one handpump in Yardley/Sheldon/Marlborough/East Brum, a mere 3hrs 38mins away on the train. Perhaps I should ask BeerMat to recommend some highlights of the Sheldon area (Andre Marriner was born there ?) and then… Continue reading YOUR PRINT-OUT-AND-KEEP FELTWELL GUIDE

MORE LUNCHTIME SECOND CITY FUN

From the Jewellery Quarter, Pete Allen took me on a mini tour of Birmingham heritage.  On his own pub blog Pete looks at the changing face of canalside pubs over the decades; here we strolled through the Victorian and Edwardian centre. The beer range may have changed this century (bye bye Ansells), but the remaining pubs… Continue reading MORE LUNCHTIME SECOND CITY FUN