Previous Good Beer Guide entries in Dorchester, Dorset’s county town, have included a Wetherspoons, a wine bar and a club so it was pleasing to encounter two good going local boozers in this year’s edition. The Baker’s Arms was a warm, busy pub that was a bakery until 1973. The ovens are in a prominent…… Continue reading Hardy work in Dorset then going Belgian in Southampton
In my last blog I suggested heroin addiction would be cheaper than going to the pubs in the Good Beer Guide. After the last 24 hours perhaps I should not have been quite so facetious. A new entry in Tayside is the Ben Lawers Hotel. It is listed under Aberfeldy but is about ten miles…… Continue reading 24 Hours 500 Miles 2 Pubs
In 1969 the Humblebums recorded ‘Why don’t they come back to Dunoon?’ – a comedic lament about the decline of tourism in the town on the Costa del Clyde. You may have heard of them as band members Billy Connolly and Gerry Baker also did some other stuff. In the same year Bobby Womack was…… Continue reading Why don’t they come back to Dunoon?
A thirty minute flight from Glasgow takes you to City of Derry Airport, alas not via Derry Air. This blog is a short account of a weekend spent either side of the Irish border, the elaborate 310 mile/500 kilometre route of which has its origins in the uneasy depths of Irish/British history. Consequently Greencastle (in…… Continue reading Flights, Frights and Irish Nights
Even Barnsley has caught micropub fever, a certain sign that the condition has developed a resistance to all known antibiotics. The Arcade Alehouse is in, yes, an arcade. On two levels, its most curious feature is an upper balcony, shown here obscured by its own awards banner. Arcade higher as it were. I had the…… Continue reading Arcade Higher and Prior’s Well
Last week pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.com retiredmartin.com and beerleeds.co.uk toured Leicester and posted a simultaneous blog, believed to be a world first by the hipster trio. As chance had it, I was in Leicester two days previously and visited some of the same destinations. There is no need to add to their various accounts other than to commend the beer quality…… Continue reading Three Jesters in Leicester – the Prequel
It’s the variety that appeals. And not just the variety of pear. One day the Good Beer Guide sends you to a rough old estate pub, the next to something akin to the idyllic notion of an English country inn. You can guess which of these is closer to the Pear Tree, Whitley, in Wiltshire. …… Continue reading In a Pear Tree and Vegan Board Games Night in Bristol