Your Good Beer Guide to Bedfordshire. With added chocolate toothpaste.
Despite the homogenisation and ongoing obliteration of our high streets, much of Britain wears its history well. Look up and you can see buildings from different eras, often dated. Look down and the paths, tracks and water courses define where you are. The dents, hollows and bings of a landscape act as a guidebook to…… Continue reading Arlesey: Bricks, Beer and Bedlam
A while ago I mentioned that a crack team of analysts were mapping every pub ever to have appeared in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. For those at the back who haven’t kept up, CAMRA was founded in 1971 to fight the keg beer tide, producing a prototype Good Beer Guide the following year on…… Continue reading Magic Numbers: Mapping the CAMRA Good Beer Guide
What do pub bloggers write about when the pubs are closed? Some have been in hibernation whilst others have been very inventive. Blackpool Jane makes up her virtual itinerary based on the Tangerines’ away games and has helpfully renamed swathes of the country. Retired Martin – furloughed from his full time employment as an influencer…… Continue reading Good Beer Guide Exclusive comes to Pub Tickers’ Rescue
Four weeks have passed since my last pub visit. I am not sure why it’s taken that long to write about, perhaps holding onto the memory before it entirely recedes, with no other in prospect. The virus has floored us just like one of those er…vindictive steps. Let’s keep things in perspective. Not being able…… Continue reading The Last Pub
Said to be Worcestershire’s smallest town, Upton-upon-Severn has a quietly majestic Georgian high street that runs down to the wide expanse of the River Severn. Unfortunately the tidal Severn often runs back up the High Street. Game in doubt subject to pitch inspection It has the distinctive Pepperpot, the cupola being the surviving part of…… Continue reading Your Guide to Upton-upon-Severn
Pub ticking is a demanding activity in normal circumstances, requiring the sure-footedness of a mountain goat, the hand-eye co-ordination of Roger Federer and the self-belief of an ageing hedgehog crossing the M6 at rush hour. In the abnormal circumstances that prevailed last year, the government’s requirement to binge eat was simply another component in an…… Continue reading How many substantial meals can you eat in a day?
I left you after a surprisingly productive October but we’ll need to gloss over the pub wasteland days of November. Then it was December- different month, different rules. If you were in a tier 2 area you could get alcohol in a pub only if you ate a substantial meal. If you were in tier…… Continue reading Devilled Faggots, Black Dogs and Pickled Squirrels
A few more pubs to bring you before it all ended in tiers. Shropshire served up a few new ones in this year’s Good Beer Guide, which is turning out to be the least thumbed edition since 1973 (when there wasn’t one). Ludlow had been gnawing at me like a persistent rodent for a year…… Continue reading Shropshire Lads
Lefthandedgiant.com This has been the year in which the pub experience changed beyond any previously imagined recognition. In many areas for much of the time it’s simply not been possible to go to the pub at all. In others you have been required to eat just in case that half pint you sipped makes you…… Continue reading Left Handed Giant Sized Problems in Bristol