East Yorkshire is always a great section of the Beer Guide to complete, and now I’m within a “short” train journey of some of the most GBG friendly towns on Humberside, or East Yorkshire as it’s controversially known. As luck would have it, the trip to Beverley allows me to stop off twice on the… Continue reading BEVERLEY, BUSY & BEWILDERED
In the late ’90s a short-lived monthly glossy called “Taste” emerged, packed with articles on alcohol, drinking and pub crawls. I guess it aimed at the sort of territory “Ferment” covers, except that it made pub-going sound more fun than sipping from cans in your underpants. A typical article would see a mixed group of… Continue reading A TASTE OF OBAN
To put you out of your torment, last night’s mystery copper topped pub was, of course, the Stormont in Blairgowrie. Who ? Where ? Turn south at the Cairngorms, right at Balmoral (micropub, limited hours), and if you end up in the sea you’ve gone too far. Breakfast in Blairgowrie is 2 choices. Pecan biscuits… Continue reading It’s 8:13am and there’s no-one in the Spoons.
Before I visit Bradford (coming up !), let me thank you for your prayers, pictures of Doom Bar and messages of solidarity as I enter week 2 of my in-laws fourteen (14) day visit. Last week I helped them check into the Sheffield’s premier old-fashioned hotel The Rutland, whose bar looks like it’s been stolen… Continue reading THE IN-LAWS DISCOVER SPOONS
Let’s visit Chapeltown, the Sheffield suburb which gave the world the Arctic Monkeys*. But not much else, according to Wiki. I didn’t actually walk the 5.8 miles, or take the train (it’s the last stop in Sheffield heading north before you hit the scary bits of South Yorkshire). I stopped off on the way back… Continue reading A.M.
STILL on Friday night, but only one of the recommended Hexham pubs in the Trailblazer Guide to Hadrian’s Wall left to do. Of course, it’s the Spoons. I know that love for the “People’s Pub Chain” isn’t universal, even amongst my esteemed readers. But you get a far better mix of folk in the Forum… Continue reading EVERY GOOD EVENING ENDS WITH A SPOONS COOKIE DOUGH SANDWICH
Onto Tuesday morning, I think. At least it was THIS Tuesday. Anyway, it’s a day with a “y” in it and the house looks like THIS, and I need to get somewhere uncluttered and clean and loveable. Like a Spoons. The Francis Newton was heaving on the Glorious 12th, the largest Spoons garden in town… Continue reading SAVING SHEFFIELD SPOONS
Friday. Time to take the campervan for a spin (not literally) and visit Curry Charles in That Dereham, the new Hebden Bridge (I say that about everywhere). 2hrs 53 mins, A57, A17, A47. We’ll be there by 2pm we told Charles. Put the haggis on. The campervan wouldn’t start, would it ? By the time… Continue reading OH DEREHAM !
You can always tell when the pubs have reopened as Tim Martin will be trending:Beer Twitter dropping all “Be Nice” pretence to slag off the guy who brought £1.99 pints to the masses. At the table next to me in the Sheffield Waterworks, an off duty Spoons employee was vigorously defending his boss, contrasting his… Continue reading TIM MARTIN IS TRENDING
“Be gentle with us, we’ve never done this before“ Said the nice young man letting us into Sheffield Waterworks, after a five minute wait by the Jessica Ennis postbox. “There’s only two of us“ Folk seem patient, at least until the coffee machine breaks. It’s a gorgeous day in Sheffield, the sun beating down on… Continue reading AND THEY’RE BACK!