Pubs Galore On Swarkestone Branch Of The A514

Slightly later than I intended but I can’t let the fact Pete Shelley passed away go without a mention.  Considering The Buzzcocks never had a hit single (back in the day when the Top 40 mattered) that charted higher than number 12, their influence is massive. (picture c/o BBC) My elder sister always liked Manchester’s… Continue reading Pubs Galore On Swarkestone Branch Of The A514

Lacings In Sawley

I left you last time discussing the various merits of Kirk Langley who, it was discovered by both Duncan and Pub Hermit, to be a Derbyshire village non-league centre half. However, the beauty of  non-league centre halves Derbyshire, is that it is a big county and the borders with Nottinghamshire have some top class suburbs.… Continue reading Lacings In Sawley

Who Is Kirk Langley?

One of my old work colleagues often used to comment on place names that sound like people’s names and Kirk Langley fits the bill perfectly. It’s in rolling Derbyshire countryside but, is handily positioned about 15 minutes by car from the Mackworth estate… …so you can always enjoy an estate style boozer in slightly… Continue reading Who Is Kirk Langley?

The National Forest: Proper Pubs In Moira

As former mining villages go, I reckon Moira has probably reinvented itself as well as any.  Not only is the whopping 120 acre site of Conkers on the site of the former Rawdon Colliery, but Moira Furnace is also an attraction in its own right along with the nearby Hicks Lodge (noted here). Granted,… Continue reading The National Forest: Proper Pubs In Moira

Roughley In Sutton Coldfield – According To Marston’s

  Whilst I pretend to travel the Midlands in search of boozers selling Worthington and John Smith’s my real intention is to find pubs that Martin has never set foot in. You can add Duncan, Mudgie, Paul Mudge (visit any of the aforementioned blogs and check out pictures of pub crawls) and… Continue reading Roughley In Sutton Coldfield – According To Marston’s

Aldridge’s Turtles Head

Along with Wetherspoons; Micropubs and tap houses have been responsible for ensuring there is still some pub stock left as older boozers come under the cosh. But, at what stage do the Micropubs just become pubs?    Duncan was pondering what a traditional micro is in his excellent blog as the GBG is now recording… Continue reading Aldridge’s Turtles Head

I Don’t Like Crickett…Oh No…I Love It

I’m going to miss my early mornings watching England beat Sri Lanka but the thought of 10CC’s “Dreadlock Holiday” means it is only two months till I can sit back in my armchair and watch England take on the West Indies. If there is one thing guaranteed to put you in a good mood for… Continue reading I Don’t Like Crickett…Oh No…I Love It