A PITCHER OF PORNSTAR MARTINI TO FINISH A PERFECT NIGHT IN STEVENAGE

It was only 19:15 when we left Stevenage’s top Thai restaurant, and Mrs RM wasn’t going home to a tired Premier Inn with attached Beefeater yet. Not when there’s a classic Home Counties Spoons to visit to do a comparison of Cosmopolitans. There must have been 30 folk in that Thai place when we left,… Continue reading A PITCHER OF PORNSTAR MARTINI TO FINISH A PERFECT NIGHT IN STEVENAGE

EVERY GOOD BIRTHDAY STARTS WITH A £1.65 PINT OF ABBOT IN KILMARNOCK SPOONS

I should, perhaps, be worried that some readers might take this blog too seriously, but then I remember that anyone who does will have long ago stopped reading, blocking the words “retiredmartin“, “excellent Doom Bar” and “evil tasters”. But then again I know you’ll believe that a trip to Kilmarnock Spoons in the company of… Continue reading EVERY GOOD BIRTHDAY STARTS WITH A £1.65 PINT OF ABBOT IN KILMARNOCK SPOONS

THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE TRAIN GBG TICKER

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

YOU LOOK LIKE JUMJAGIN TSEDENBAL – A HENLEY PUB TOILET GRAFFITI MASTERCLASS

Where better than Henley Spoons ? It gives me a chance to visit this near GBG oasis for the first time since Mrs RM’s uncle lived in Shiplake, home to some excellent Brakspears Bitter/Ordinary/Gravity/Whatever. Henley really is the Stratford-on-Avon of the South, a tidy but hugely overrated town that nevertheless attracts coachloads and pashminas by… Continue reading YOU LOOK LIKE JUMJAGIN TSEDENBAL – A HENLEY PUB TOILET GRAFFITI MASTERCLASS

FREE WI-FI AND OTHER GOOD REASONS TO LOVE WETHERSPOONS

Two things I’m sure you’ve been desperate to find out. What essential provisions do we keep in our solar powered campervan fridge ? And what exactly is that King Arthur’s Round Table next to our Penrith campervan pitch ? I have no idea. But at least it’s not busy. Mrs RM was busy that morning,… Continue reading FREE WI-FI AND OTHER GOOD REASONS TO LOVE WETHERSPOONS