The Pub At Christmas

It’s a Family Affair In a sitcom Christmas special,  in an effort to shake things up a bit the writers often bring in a hitherto unseen character; someone’s dad, grandma, or Uncle Knobhead who shows up usually played by a respected theatre actor and steals the show. So it goes at Christmas, when suddenly the…

Golden Pints Golden Pubs 2017

Golden Pubs Nellie’s (The White Horse Inn), Beverley, West Yorkshire A pub you will never forget once you’ve experienced it. A warren of older rooms lit only by candles, but with additional more modern facilities making it commercially viable as well as a quirky olde worlde destination. The Old Coffee House, Soho, London Pleasingly odd…

Pub Crawl : The X30 Challenge

Challengers clockwise from back : Mark, James, Eileen, Valerie, Kirsty, John, Darren, Carl. There are a number of schools of thought on pub crawls – some like them to be regimented and therefore achievable, some just want to attempt them and have a few laughs on the way, and some seem to have a genuine…

A Few Beers In…York

When I announced that work was sending me on trip to York I was assailed with recommendations – my cousin even gave me their local CAMRA magazine and some flyers he had picked up about local beer tours and breweries on a recent trip. Unfortunately for me there was a significant portion of work to…

Pub Crawl : Runcorn’s Victorian Pubs

Participants : Kirsty, James, Mark, Biggers (plus Scowcroft brothers for 3 pubs) Pub 1/12 : The Dockside Inn We were due to start at half five to accommodate Biggers who had football duty but ended up at the Dockside at about 5.15pm where the only bitter on offer was John Smith’s. Two halves of John…

A Few Drinks in … Sheffield

Sheffield! Home of the Arctic Monkeys, Jessica Ennis, and Pulp. Home of two football teams, two universities, and no one sensible way of navigating the city centre. Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to spend time travelling with me will know I will avoid taxis as if they have live, hungry, cheetahs in the back…

A Few Beers in Australia : Part 4 : The Gold Coast

For the last part of my Australian adventure we were heading away from the snow and towards the subtropical Queensland coast, which has honest to goodness rainforests and temperatures in the twenties in the middle of winter. The Gold Coast is a city rather than a name for a locale and has quite a few…

A Few Drinks in Australia : Part 3 : Gerringong and Jindabyne

Our journey through the South East coast of Australia continued into the coast and the snow. Gerringong is a town of fewer than 4000 people on the coast of New South Wales but has  six wineries and two breweries within about 25 kilometres of it. One of the breweries, Hopdog, has a tap room attached…

A Few Drinks in Australia : Part 2 : Canberra

This statement has raised a few eyebrows on both sides of the world, but of all the places I visited in Australia, Canberra was my favourite. Maybe it’s just my contrary nature, as everyone I spoke to about Canberra seemed to apologise for its very existence, but on my last day in Australia, looking out…

A few beers in… London

I always avoid writing about London pubs, simply because there are so many that trying to recommend or cover them at all is akin to writing an article called Top Ten Leicester Square Pigeons. However, I get so many (three) requests for London recs that I thought I’d better put in some effort, seeing as London…

A few drinks in… Hull : European City of Culture

Hull eh? European Capital of Culture 2017 and also hosting Radio One’s Big Weekend – who would ever have though it? Let’s face it, when you’re idly wondering where to spend a weekend, Hull was probably on the list between ‘Grimsby’ and ‘Let’s just stay at home’’. However, I like Hull. It has nice buildings,…

A few drinks in…Beverley, East Yorkshire

Beverley is what Americans who have never visited Britain presume it’s like – quaint, windy streets, a busy market square, cosy pubs with fires-a-blazing and a big, grand old church, in Beverley’s case, their stunning Minster. I went there in search of some Victorian pubs which may conceivably have once been Beer Houses, dating back…