Real Ale Farming

After a rejuvenating overnight stay in Llandrindod Wells we headed south west to Tenby. On the way I picked up the Dolaucothi Arms in Pumsaint thanks to a hugely obliging owner, who let me in an hour early just as his b&b customers were leaving. This smart pub is owned by the National Trust and…… Continue reading Real Ale Farming

Going back to your Rootes

Mid Wales presents some familiar logistical challenges to pub tickers, mainly concerning distance and opening times. Beer choice though is much improved, as our final destination in Llandrindod Wells would later demonstrate. En route, we enjoyed a couple of swift halves in Welshpool at the Pheasant and the Talbot. The consistently excellent Salopian brewery once again…… Continue reading Going back to your Rootes

Filling the Cumberland Gap

  Following the successful raid on Ulverston it was off into Cumberland proper to finish off the 2017 Guide Cumbria requirements. When skiffle supremo Lonnie Donegan recorded Cumberland Gap he probably wasn’t thinking of that. But, uncannily, he did predict a key item on the Wetherspoons menu with his ‘Ham ‘N’ Eggs’ b-side to ‘Jack O’Diamonds’. That…… Continue reading Filling the Cumberland Gap

Tees for Two

  Good Beer Guide pub hunters have rarely been detained for very long in that part of Teesside that straddles County Durham and North Yorkshire, the largely post-industrial sprawl around Billingham and Middlesbrough.   The 2017 edition, though, offers two micropubs, one in each town. En route there was a chance to visit the Half Moon,…… Continue reading Tees for Two