I mentioned yesterday the problem with rail travel, the urge it creates to fill in time between trains with a rushed extra pub visit (See: BRAPA, every Saturday night). And so it was on the way back from Harrogate to Sheffield that I found myself having to kill 44 minutes in Leeds without an obvious… Continue reading WHITELOCK’S
My second Harrogate tick (there’s 11 in the new GBG) was arguably pointless. The Tap on Tower Street was in the Guide as a Tap & Spile a decade or so ago so those who abide by the Paisley Pronouncements on Pubbing would consider it ticked. But I’d paid for my train ticket, fancied a… Continue reading WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE TAP & SPILES ?
Two new pubs in Harrogate for me, though one of them fell into the “arguable” category tickers love to argue about. Both only ten minutes walk from the station, another couple to Harrogate’s astonishing collection of GBG pubs (eleven this year). Those eleven entries are quite capable of changing names, if not location, each year,… Continue reading THAT’S VELOUTE
A couple of days off, then a hop on t’train to make some more inroads (mixed metaphors here) into that 581 pubs needed to finish GBG22. I’m using the trains a lot more in Sheffield than in Cambridge, for all sorts of reasons and not just because I hate driving in the dark to overpriced… Continue reading THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE TRAIN GBG TICKER
No, not Simon ! He does that job from the Public Bar in the Sam Smiths pub near his York home, now Sir Humphrey welcomes the use of electronic devices again. I’m writing about the Bankers Cat, which Mrs RM and I managed to pre-emptively tick in the 37 minutes between our Hebden and Sheffield… Continue reading LEEDS – BANKERS ?
If you’re as irritated as I am by GBG county maps with a lone entry unticked, head to the bottom of the page NOW. Otherwise, let me tell you about my last tick, the “Shut on Mondays” Nightjar, in Hebden,which turned out to be worth the wait. That’s it being closed, by the way. It… Continue reading NIGHT NIGHT TO WEST YORKSHIRE AT THE NIGHTJAR
I suppose I better tell you about my Bradford tick then. But as I stood at the entrance of the Exchange Craft Beer House on the corner of Market Street and Hustlergate at noon, I could see no earthly way in; Their Facebook said 12:00, other folk who tick pubs had been; they must be… Continue reading GREEN LABEL
If you’re stuck for which photo to lead with on your blog post, ALWAYS go with the pub cate. I assume this is the house cat for Riddlesden’s Willow Tree, she certainly seemed at home (pub cats are always girls, aren’t they ?). I’d phoned ahead, breaking one of my main rules of pubbing, to… Continue reading JIMMY RIDDLESDEN
22nd January 2020 WARNING : CONTAINS PROPER PUBS !!! A bumper Shipley-cum-Saltaire special, aided by an Ibis giving me access to two new GBG ticks, a classic oldie, and a curry. Oh, and tall buildings. Shipley town centre took a post-war hammering, but the Spoons is majestic. Continuing the theme of the last post, where… Continue reading FANNY’S BY GASLIGHT
Where was I ? Oh, yes, watching a brave lady valiantly clear up a pile of vomit (sorry to those of you with weak constitutions) on the 19:09 Huddersfield to Leeds “fun train” on Sunday night, wishing I’d got that Chinese takeaway and headed back to the Sunday night disco at Ivy Green. “Has anyone… Continue reading TICKING CHAOS IN LEEDS